Oh my Days
Day two was a mere 220km and thankfully the weather was a lot drier, but it was still cold. It was a day of playing with fire though, as we hammered along the course trying to stay ahead of the top riders who had started at the back of the field.
The Gasser’s ignition was switched to “Git some!” and what a weapon this bike is. Stay awake, focus your mind on the job and this thing will put a proper grin on your face. It’s really hard to describe a bike that finds grip, but also spins up when you need it and can be drifted through corners or bermed round them like a crosser…
It can lift the front when you need to, but will soak up the holes and ruts when you don’t. It holds a line like a train, but will respond to immediate direction changes when you have a proper panic at what has just appeared in front of you, without spitting you down the track at high speed.
In fact in terms of riding experience I can’t really see a way of improving on it as far as current technology goes. The bike handles, goes and stops as quick as your brain can realistically process, and works in your favour whatever the conditions.
I especially loved the long stony descents where you can let the Racing’s awesome mix of demon brakes, good stability yet quick geometry work its magic, allowing you to pull yards on the heavier thumpers.
But do you really need the Racing version rather than the stocker? Hell yeah, why not? For me the firmer suspension up front (together with the nice and plush Ohlins shock), and the look of the white/red plastics are a notch up on the standard bike, even if I’d want to order one fitted with an electric-starter!
As we crossed the finishing line of the event I gave the bike a little pat on the tank because I really can’t think of a better machine to achieve what we’d just done. Fair play to Gas Gas. They have taken on board all of the criticisms of the past and come out fighting with a truly special machine. Buy this bike as a real alternative to the other major makes - it’s my new favourite thing! JK