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September 7th, 2016, 08:55 PM   #1
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650 Berg wins Mackay beach races


A few weekends ago the motorcycle beach races were run at Grasstree beach , just south of Mackay NQ , after a couple of years break. The all in , 5 lap , King of the Beach final was won by a methanol burning , big bore 650 Berg piloted by Townsville rider Damien Koppe . Second home was 15 times former winner , Mick Hanson , on a nitrous oxide injected CR500 Honda that was reportedly putting out 107 HP on the dyno and having a top speed around 195 KMH on the beach . The all in final featured many interesting bikes , such as a Yamaha R1 with knobby tyres and an intercooled , turbocharged YZ450 . The final was interesting in that it wasn't all about power and top speed . The R1 led for the first lap before being run down by the CR500 . The CR500 appeared to have more top speed than the Berg , but with different lines and tactics the Berg made up ground driving out of the corners and eventually came away with the win . The big road bikes have trouble slowing down and taking the sharp corners and eventually dropped out of contention.

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September 8th, 2016, 12:01 AM   #2
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That's awesome..... Would love to be there to see all the different machinery! That CR sounds like a weapon. Might put it in the diary for next year.....

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September 8th, 2016, 12:45 AM   #3
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Awesome ! It's About friggen time too lol
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September 8th, 2016, 01:46 AM   #4
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Here is a pic of the CR500 , showing the nitrous oxide bottle in front of the rear wheel . The chassis is from an RMZ450 Suzuki , which is apparently longer than the aluminium Honda frames and has more room in the cradle for the CR500 motor . Mick Hanson has a big bore ( Liger ?) top end to go on for next year and may be experimenting with fuel injection as well . But I think that the Koppe family owned , Future Sport Motorcycles , may also have a few tricks up their sleeve with ongoing R&D on the Berg motor . Exciting stuff and I can't wait for next year's event .

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September 8th, 2016, 11:37 AM   #5
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Any video footage of this race?
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September 8th, 2016, 12:27 PM   #6
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There is footage of the final on YouTube , if you search Grass tree beach races 2016 King of the Beach . I don't know how to post the link up . There is also some more close up video of the finish corner , where most of the passing was done , on Facebook and I will see if I can work out how to post a copy of it here . There was over 3500 spectators at the event , so more video footage might show up.
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September 8th, 2016, 12:50 PM   #7
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Do I love the way aussies do it! All classes here are N/A
Thanks for the report, made my day!
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This race was awesome!! Here's the link
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wow way to go Husaberg wins!!! Thanks for the video post Pollo

I loved the wheelie at the end
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Damien is a very talented rider. I've been working with him for three years now. got all my mods on it. still got a couple left.

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