Originally Posted by too old
I thought that was the case, but couldn't understand why Chavo was on a 500?
I think he's testing the new HRC Dakar bike, the CRE450FR, but in 500 form to fly under the radar. "Factory Rally" based on the old two stroke CRE500, but will be sleeved down for the Dakar. They couldn't get a genuine HRC team rider to do it because that would be too obvious. It'll look like a home made, old clunker with a big tank and a few stickers but will be full on factory under the disguise. I'm not sure whether it'll get the oval piston technology that was shelved a couple of decades or so ago - that's likely to wait for the 450 version.
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