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Cervantes to Gas Gas 450?
So here is the latest rumor out of Spain. Ivan Cervantes has decided that the two stroke (any two stroke) is not competitive for indoor enduro competition. If you remember from last week he and Lampkin struggled at the opening Super Enduro round in Genoa Italy. So he is preparing a Yamaha 450 based bike to race.
Last week also saw the introduction of the Factory Gas Gas Dakar team that will be riding just such bikes. They are more or less complete Yamaha WR450 rally models with Gas Gas graphics. Yamaha has been supplying 250 and 450 motors to GG for their production bikes for a couple of years, but there is no 450 in the current model line up.
So this lends some credence to the ideas of using Yamahas for other purposes. A slightly more logical version of the rumor would be that Ivan is testing the current EC250f from the GG line that uses the WR250 motor, but power to weight ratio on that bike is less than ideal also. So keep an eye out to see what Cervantes shows up with at the Polish Super Enduro round this month.
2002 Gas Gas FSE400
It is hard to believe that it was nearly ten years ago that I was racing the very first Gas Gas FSE400 in the US. At the time the bike showed promise with features such as fuel injection and Ohlins suspension. I even qualified for the ISDE on that bike. But the model was plagued with minor development issues and by the time they were sorted out the competition had moved forward leaving the Gas Gas four stroke program in the dust.
The 1st Gas Gas four stroke, 1989 Nomada. Even I didn't know of this one. It must be rebadged Moto Morini or something similar.