the gasket could be a dual use gasket. 1st in the oem configuation where the holes stay in place, 2nd in the malossi config where you need to punch out the spots for holes.
So, the subsequent question is, why aren't these cut by the factory that way? Shouldn't they? Otherwise you run the risk of tearing the gasket while cutting, and making it utterly useless.
old as dirt wrote:
if you look at the 2 holes in the slot area on top and bottom for the gasket pic you can also see in the head pic those slot are not holes but long ovals on both sides. I would match the gasket opening for better coolant flow.