the king and the once-omnipotent two-stroke was the
pauper. The World Two-Stroke Championship slid into
the exact same date on the calendar that the World Four-Stroke Championship had vacated. Not surprisingly, it also
became an homage to a machine that lives large in the
memories of those who loved the smell of bean oil in the
morning. Sadly, none of those folks reside at the AMA or
That leads us to the 2017 MTA World Two-Stroke
Championship. There are seven things to love about this
Fun factor. Two-strokes offer all that motocross is
about. They are a blast to ride. They wheelie, spin and
roost with a raspy sound that doesn’t blend into a deafening roar. The thrill of racing a two-stroke isn’t muted by the
drum of a heavy four-stroke engine. Two-strokes can make
cuts and go places that four-strokes can only dream of.
And, for all the sound advocates out there, they are quieter.
Cost factor. Forget about cams, buckets, shims, keepers, valves, valve springs and valve seats. A two-stroke
doesn’t have any of those parts. Because of its simplicity,
a two-stroke can be rebuilt for pennies on the dollar compared to a four-stroke. And, it can be rebuilt in the garage
by a mechanically inept 14-year-old in two hours—try that
with a four-stroke!
Race factor. Four-strokes, because of their weight,
torque and chassis setup, tend to follow the same racing
line. It is harder to make cuts on a 233-pound Honda
CRF450 than on a 211-pound KTM 250SX. Although all race
outcomes are dependent on the talent of the riders in the
field, racers on two-strokes can run closer to each other,
use different lines and try more exotic strategies than four-strokes would ever allow. Plus, two-strokes require talent
to race. They are easier to make mistakes on as opposed to
the four-stroke world that worships the thumper because
it’s easy to ride. The best thing about a four-stroke is that
anyone can ride one. The worst thing about a four-stroke
is that anyone can ride one.