50 years of the Cota

Trial Magazine - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

As has been well doc­u­mented in both Trial Magazine and Clas­sic Trial Magazine, this year Montesa celebrates 50 years of its iconic Cota model range. Hav­ing started out with the two-stroke Cota 247 model in 1968, we ar­rive in 2018 with the four-stroke Cota 4RT. Along this ‘golden’ ad­ven­ture, world cham­pi­onship suc­cess first came with the late Ulf Karl­son from Swe­den in 1980 com­pet­ing on the Cota 349. Rid­ing a new gen­er­a­tion ma­chine af­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion with Honda from Ja­pan the Cota 315R was born af­ter a de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme in­tro­duc­ing new tech­nolo­gies, and Spain’s Marc Colomer was crowned World Cham­pion in 1996. Great Bri­tain’s Dougie Lampkin won three con­sec­u­tive crowns from the year 2000 to 2003 as Ja­pan’s Takahisa Fu­ji­nami took the Cota’s fi­nal twostroke crown in 2004.

Ad­dress­ing the world’s emis­sion prob­lems, the new sin­gle cylin­der four-stroke Cota 4RT was in­tro­duced in late 2004 and was an im­me­di­ate suc­cess. When Spain’s new young tri­als su­per­star Toni Bou joined the Montesa Cota team in 2007, he be­came the most suc­cess­ful rider in the his­tory of the cham­pi­onship, tak­ing con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onships un­til the present day. With vic­tory num­ber 98 now taken, his goal in 2018 is to take this to a record­break­ing 100 wins, and who would like to bet against this not hap­pen­ing; we cer­tainly would not!

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