2015 WORLD TWO-STROKE
Rex Staten, Goat Breker, Brian
Myserscough, Donny Schmit, Doug
Dubach, Ryan Hughes, Josh Grant
and Weston Peick.
LOST CACHET: When four-strokes returned from the dead
with the Yamaha YZ400F, CRF450
and KX450F, the World Four-Stroke
Championship lost its cachet as the
cool, retro, saving grace of the long-lost BSA era. Thus, it was discontinued in 2010 and replaced with the
World Two-Stroke Championship.
This was the logical move, as fond
memories of four-strokes were displaced by fond memories of two-strokes. With each passing year, as
two-strokes fade from the lives of
young fans and racers, they become
more iconic in the minds of the
hard-core, who wish to preserve the
two-stroke and even see its return.
This race will take on more meaning
as the sport gets further away from
affordable, lightweight and easy-to-maintain motorcycles in favor of complicated and expensive four-strokes.
A SHRINKING PIE: Will the
AMA ever fix the displacement rules
that artificially pumped up the capabilities of the archaic valve-and-cam
engines to allow them to compete
against the superior two-strokes?
Probably not. They would rather see
the four-stroke own a major part
of a shrinking pie than accept that
There was no doubt that 2013-’ 14
World Two-Stroke Champion Sean
Collier was going to do the three-peat. He was running away with the
first moto when disaster struck.
Sean Collier inspects the broken
subframe and missing top shock
bolt that cost him the win. His
crew fixed his bike so that he
could win the second moto to
prove a point.