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"It was just about the only thing that really discouraged me about trying to ride the 500. Actually at Assen I couldn't have done too bad because I was fifth or sixth into the first turn coming off the third row." Kevin had qualified twelfth almost four seconds off Wayne Gardner's pole time but Assen is one of the longest Grand Prix circuits. At the time it was 7.69 km and has since been shortened to 6.05. He was only three tenths slower than Dave Petersen, riding the Gallina Suzuki and quicker than Paul Lewis. The square fours were long in the tooth.
"Spa is an incredible track to go to for just your second Grand Prix. If I remember correctly it was dry all through practice and then Sunday morning we got to the track and it was raining and it was obviously set for the day, it was pissing down and thick fog. I was still on the square four of course and I knew I couldn't race anywhere near the front in the dry but seeing the rain I thought it was my big chance."
"I was using Dunlop then on the Yoshimura Superbike and at Donington the wets had been a big big deciding factor in how well we went. I don't remember exactly why but I don't think we got to run them on the Sunday morning. Peter Ingley was Mr. Dunlop then and he decided that we should use the new radial rear, hand cut to a rain tyre."
"It was terrible, I believe Didier, who knows Spa as its his own back yard, and I were the only Dunlop riders to finish the race. I fell off on the sighting lap, coming out of the hairpin. I came out, accelerated and the back just overtook me, I slid down the track almost to my starting spot on the grid. I jumped up, picked up the bike, it had knocked one of the carburettors off~ they were on the side of the square four. The guys tore the fairing off, got the carbs back on. I missed the warm up lap."
"I almost crashed about every lap coming out of the hairpin and a few other places. I really feel that if we'd have run good tyres, the old tyres that we knew, we stood a really good chance of finishing well, but we didn't Kevin finished tenth, Didier de Radigues was seventh on the Honda engined Chevalier
"My third ride on the 500 that year was at Misano, the last race of the season. At that stage I had decided to go with Michelins. I forget exactly how it came about but I think I had talked to Yoshimura and we were going to use Michelins in 1987 in the States so I felt that I might as well go ahead and start getting used to them."
"So we swapped to Michelins for Misano. Paul Lewis had been using Michelins all year but Mackenzie was still on his Silverstone Armstrong contract so he had to use the Dunlops." Niall Mackenzie had his first outing on the 500 Suzuki at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and had ridden it again in Sweden. Misano was his third outing and he was looking for a factory contract for the '87 season.
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