Paolo Tessari - Campionato Mondiale 500cc - 2000
Paolo Tessari e Max Biaggi - Campionato Mondiale 500cc - 2000
Paton PG500RC TT. Opportunamente adattata per il circuito stradale dell'Isola di Man
Steve Linsdell - Paton PG500RC - Tourist Trophy Isola di Man - 2007
Test Irta a Jerez - 2001
Vladimir Catscka - Campionato Mondiale 500cc - 2001
Roberto Pattoni, still shocked by his father death, doesn’t get discouraged and with the team support continues the bike development: the Paton PG (for Pattoni Giuseppe) 500 R was in this way at the start line of the 2000 world championship, with a new frame realised by the Turin based factory L.M. Gianetti. The bike was present on five circuits always with Paolo Tessari and gained the last point of the Paton racing history arriving 15th at the Germany Grand Prix.
In 2001 a new step in the evolution created the PG 500 RC, the first and only Paton with a competitor’s frame: with the support of a timeless reputation by competitors, despite the bad times, Cagiva, the italian brand protagonist for many years in the world races, supply to Paton the 1994 C594 model frames, with which the American John Kocinsky won the Australia Grand Prix and terminated third in the season.
The bike, ridden by the french Sebastien Gimbert made a good impression during the England Grand Prix test in Donington but a crash, during this session, with severe injuries to the rider terminated the season.
The arrival of the 4 stroke and highly expensive MotoGP, allowed for a double capacity (1000cc), with the clear intent to push for the 2 stroke retirement by the organization, pushed Roberto Pattoni and his team to write the word END under the adventure, for the impossibility to afford the millionaire budgets required to develop a 1000cc new 4 stroke engine.
The last Paton 2 stroke high note was during the 2007 Tourist Trophy centenary, the famous race (once the English stage of the world championship) that take place on 37miles road circuit in the Isle of Man. The race organizers, looking for rare participants to make unique the edition, were really happy hearing the veteran Steve Linsdell (70 times at the mountain circuit) asking for the registration with a 500cc 2 stroke GP.
They took few minutes to decide that the request was in perfect line with the TT spirit: the absolute race for bikes and for riders and the small Italian factory was reputed a good champion of this spirit.
Even though the bike had to stop for mechanical problems after half race (whose total leght is 364 km, much more a normal Grand Prix), the participation was a great success and the people was astonished hearing the 2 stroke engine brilliant sound, totally different compared to all the 4 stroke superbikes, today leading the class.