TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: TWO-STROKE VS. FOUR STROKE EURO STYLE
In the 2004 MX2 World Championship, it was Ben Townley on a KTM 250SXF against Tyle Rattray on a KTM 125SX. It was a two-stroke verse four-stroke battle for the championship. Ben took a chance with the 250SXF due to it being a prototype bike. KTM was late to the race as other manufacturers already had a proven four-stroke in the race. The 125cc two-strokes just weren’t cutting the mustard.
KTM had so much success with the prototype KTM 250SXF that KTM wanted to race the bike in the states the following year. To do so, they needed to mass produce the bike to meet the homologation requirements. The KTM 250SXF was put into production in 2005 allowing Nathan Ramsey to race the bike in the 2005 Supercross season.
Ben’s choice to ride the unproven thumper lead him to win eight MX2 races that year in 2004 as well as the MX2 championship. Tyla was just underpowered with the 125SX against a sea of four-strokes. He did, however, win three races that year on the smoker and placed second in the MX2 championship. The following year Tyla traded in the 125cc two-stroke for the more powerful 250SXF. The day of the smoker was dead in Europe after 2004.