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F. B. Mondial 250cc twin-cylinder GP Racer

F. B. Mondial / Paton 250 GP Racer

With Phil Aynsley


I have been fortunate enough to have photographed quite a few F. B. Mondials over the years and have been very impressed with their designs.

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The 1958 F. B. Mondial / Paton 250 GP Racer Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

Mondial first experimented with siamesing two of their successful 125cc singles together

However all of their race bikes were singles – so I was intrigued, while browsing the net, to spot a photo of a collection in Italy that appeared to show a twin-cylinder Mondial GP bike.

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The Mondial twin is an unusual machine from a brand renowned for their singles

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

After some research and emails I found myself near Milan to photograph what turned out to be a very interesting machine!

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The 1958 F. B. Mondial / Paton 250 GP Racer Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The first design in 1955 proved a non-starter but paved the way for further development

Mondial had a couple of attempts at making a twin-cylinder GP bike it turns out. In 1955 the company’s head engineer Alfonso Drusiani designed a 250 that was basically two of the successful 125 singles siamesed together on a common crankcase.

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

Head engineer Alfonso Drusiani originally designed the 250

Unfortunately the result, while making a claimed 35 hp at 10,000 rpm, was both complex and overweight at 130 kg dry. Additionally the motor had a very narrow power band.

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The early project was abandoned, however… it led to the bike pictured here Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The 1958 F. B. Mondial / Paton 250 GP Racer

Two examples were constructed and while the project was abandoned after two years it was notable as being the first racing motorcycle to use a disc brake – a fully enclosed Campagnolo design.

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

Count Boselli persevered with the idea however and a new twin was developed

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The desire to race a twin did not leave Mondial’s owner Count Boselli however (competitors such as MV, Gilera and Ducati had all developed twins) so in 1957 Leo Tonti was commissioned to design and construct a 250cc twin to replace the company’s excellent single. It is this bike that can be seen here.

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

Development at the time was spurred on by the success of competitors with their twin-cylinder offerings

Tonti involved Giuseppe Pattoni and the pair had the bike ready by the end of the following year – only for Mondial to join Guzzi and Gilera in quitting their involvement in GP racing!

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The 1958 F. B. Mondial / Paton 250 GP Racer Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

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The 1958 F. B. Mondial / Paton 250 GP Racer

Tonti and Pattoni then formed Paton and were able to campaign the factory’s old race bike for a time. The 250 twin made appearances at the Nations GP at Monza in ’58 and ’59 but did not progress any further.

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Mondial Twin Paton ImagePA

The The 1958 F. B. Mondial 250 GP Racer would later be raced under the Paton name

The Bialbero (DOHC) two-valve motor made 35 hp and used a six-speed gearbox. Dry weight was 121 kg. In many respects the bike could be considered the first in the long line of Paton’s.

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Mick Doohan’s championship winning 1998 NSR500

Mick Doohan’s 1998 championship winning NSR500

With Phil Aynsley


Continuing on from the last column (Doohan 1994 Honda NSR500 – Link), the other NSR from Mick Doohan’s collection I shot was the 1998 bike.

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Mick Doohan’s championship winning 1998 NSR500
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Mick went back to the screamer motor from 1997

For the 1997 season Mick requested that his bikes revert back to the 180 degree “screamer” motor.

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By now the NSR500 was producing near on 200hp
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Mick Doohan’s championship winning 1998 NSR500

Advances to the electronics and tyres since 1991 meant the power (now near 200hp), while not totally tamed, was able to be used by those riders with the most ability.

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Mick Doohan’s championship winning 1998 NSR500

Honda NSR Doohan ImagePAMick went on to win 12 of the 15 races, with Alex Crivillé taking two and Tady Okada one for a NSR clean sweep of the top four places.

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Mick led the Honda domination of the 1997 season, a feat he would repeat in 1998
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Power was reduced slightly in the 1998 machine with unleaded fuel now in use

The 1998 bike retained the “screamer” motor but power was reduced by up to five per cent due the new regulations requiring the use of unleaded fuel.

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The benefit of the move to unleaded fuel was a boost in torque
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A hydraulic clutch was also new on Mick’s 1998 NSR500

However torque was improved resulting in better traction and acceleration.

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Doohan went on to win eight of the 14 races for the season in 1998

Honda NSR Doohan ImagePAOne other change to the motor specification was the adoption of a hydraulically operated clutch. Mick won 8 of the 14 races and his final championship.

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The bike was rebuilt for Doohan prior to the handover

Honda NSR Doohan ImagePAThe bike received a full rebuild by Honda technicians before being handed to Mick and is fitted with special presentation tyres from Michelin.

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Mick Doohan’s championship winning 1998 NSR500

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Honda NSR Doohan ImagePA
Mick Doohan’s championship winning 1998 NSR500

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Honda NSR Doohan ImagePA
The hydraulic clutch at the ‘bars

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Mick Doohan’s championship winning 1998 NSR500

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Snetterton BSB Image overload part two

2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Six – Snetterton

Image Gallery B by Dave Yeomans


Source: MCNews.com.au

Snetterton BSB Image overload part one

2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Six – Snetterton

Image Gallery A by Dave Yeomans


Source: MCNews.com.au

2019 Jerez MotoGP | Grid Girls | Gallery A

2019 Jerez MotoGP

Grid Girls | Gallery A

Images by AJRN

The fourth round of the MotoGP championship was staged at the Circuito de Jerez. Once again we bring you the much awaited beautiful and elegant Grid Girls of Jerez.

Our first gallery is beautifully captured by our resident snapper Andrew Northcott.

Images brought to you by AJRN

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2019 AMA SX Images | Rnd 15 Denver | Gallery A

2019 AMA Supercross Images

Round 15 – Denver SX Image Gallery A

Images by Hoppenworld

Round 15 of the AMA Supercross championship took place at the Broncos Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Here’s the first part of our image coverage capturing the event.

Source: MCNews.com.au