Palmerston North, the time has come – in just over 48 hours the sound of two-stroke engines will fill the air when the freestyle motocross event FMX Jam 2 arrives in town.
“Twostrokemotocross.com [TSM] is thrilled to see world-famous Kiwi riders performing for the crowd on two-stroke bikes,” says TSM owner Charles Owens.
“In a era of truly impressive four-stroke engineering, the two-stroke engine has never been more alive,” Mr Owens says.
For its weight, the two-stroke is the fastest and most powerful motocross engine ever built.
Characterised by their distinctive sound, formidable power-to-weight ratio and unmistakable smell of oil and petrol fumes, two-stroke engines remain a force to be reckoned with on the global freestyle motocross scene.
“The American Motorcyclist Association [AMA] rules and bike manufacturers’ trends have had an influence on the popularity of two-strokes on the supercross racing scene over the past 10 years,” says TSM public relations spokesman Paul Savage.
“In freestyle motocross the two-stroke engine remains as dominant as ever before,” he says.
Presented by Brian Deegan and Larry Linkogle’s Metal Mulisha, the FMX Jam 2 event features riders Truman Carroll, Nick Franklin, Mitch McHardy, Jason White and internationally-famous Palmerston North rider Levi Sherwood.
Franklin, Carroll and Sherwood are set to compete in the event on Yamaha and KTM two-stroke bikes.
Sherwood has competed at the Summer X-Games in Los Angeles, California and ridden with the world-renowned Red Bull X-Fighters.
“TSM wishes riders and spectators a safe and enjoyable day at the FMX Jam 2,” Mr Savage says.
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What: FMX Jam 2
When: Saturday, February 25, 3pm
Where: The Square, Palmerston North
Cost: Free admission
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