TWO Stroke riders from across the Bemsee paddock are already itching to get back on track as Blue Haze Grand Prix racers prepare for their third official season.
And class organisers have revealed that their grids look to be even stronger in 2019 after a solid second year with the club.
The Blue Haze GP series was announced at the end of 2016 to provide a catch-all category for open two-stroke bikes in both a GP and a Road-based sub-class and so far, bikes of all makes and sizes from 125cc and up have come out to play.
But as Yamaha RD350 LC-mounted Road class champ Ben Hunter explains, it’s all about enjoying the draw of smokers from all eras of racing.
“Two strokes have that air of mystique about them,” he said. “Everybody remembers them when they ruled the world and were the baddest and fastest bikes around.
“Bikes like the RG500, RD350LC, YPVS, TZ and RS250 were made to be thrashed and taken to the red line and Blue Haze is the class that keeps these bikes where they belong: on the track.
“Whether you have an Aprilia RS125 or a Yamaha YZR500 – there’s a class for you, and if enjoy building a special, then the minimal rules allows you to express yourself and come up with something truly unique.
“I personally have been racing for over 20 years and find the Blue Haze class to be a refreshing change from the norm. The diversity of bikes on the grid and not being restricted by too many regulations is what appeals to me. Plus, the Blue Haze crew is the friendliest bunch you will find.”
GT380 pilot Ian Read admitted that although his 1974 Suzuki may not be a pure-bred racer, it makes it all the more sweet when he sees how his bike stacks up against the rest.
“This class suits me as I can modify my Suzuki, tune it, change things on it and develop it far beyond its design capability,” said Read.
“I like to race two-strokes and I wanted to see just what I can do with mine. There really isn’t another class where I can do this.
“And the best part is when I beat pure race bikes such as a Grand Prix Honda RS250 on my 380, it doesn’t half make me smile.”
The Blue Haze GP series is set to run at seven of the eight Bemsee rounds, which can be found on the UK Clubsport Race Calendar.
Head over to the Bemsee website for more info on the class specifications.
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