Grand Prix 250cc 2-strokes. The ultimate racing motorcycle. The result of six decades of evolution and the perfect mix of power, light weight, stiffness and precision. But it takes real skill to to extract top performance, from both rider and mechanic.
In fact, they're arguably the most fickle of all the machines at the Manx Grand Prix, requiring real expertise to put together. Sadly, with the demise of the 250cc class in the World Championship in 2009 followed by the cessation of the 125cc class in 2011, it's knowledge that is slowly being lost.
Fortunately, for those that yearn for powerbands, plug chops and jetting, the Mountain Course still reverberates to the sound and smells of the 250cc 2-strokes in the Dunlop Lightweight Race. And for those of a more modern taste, it's also the home for Moto3 machinery from 2022.
|4 laps / 150.92mi (242.88km)
|James Hind, Yamaha TZ250 - 116.453mph / 19m26.453s
|Richard Quayle, Honda RS250 - 112.710mph / 1h20m20.10s
|Green backgrounds with white numbers