Imagine John McGuinness head-down on an Italian 500cc V4 Paton two-stroke, racing against Conor Cummins and Guy Martin and the rest of the TT heroes on eighties superbikes and Grand Prix bikes of the past and you’ve got the TT Classic.
That’s what the Isle of Man TT has in store this year with the announcement that the TT Classic has landed. Racing on the legendary 37.37-mile circuit, the boys will go head-to-head with the Mountain course on some of the finest classic bikes ever seen.
The event kicks off with a final qualifying session on Friday August 23 and the 500cc race on Saturday August 24, and the final races on Monday.
For more information go to: www.iomtt.com
Okay, so it’s a bit of a trek this one, and maybe a cheap flight may be a better idea than riding if you’re short of time, but Mugello is still the greatest MotoGP of them all. Jerez runs it close, but for me, Mugello is number one.
It’s Rossi’s home race, set in the rolling hills of Tuscany, surrounded by some of the finest roads in Italy, and the mountains provide an amphitheatre of noise and atmosphere. If Rossi is back on form on the Yamaha, Mugello will kick off, big time. If he’s not on form, Mugello will kick off, big time.
Basically, it could be thundering and lightning at Mugello and you’d still have an amazing party.
Camp if you can and make a long weekend of it and enjoy the party.
For more information go to: www.gpticketshop.com
With a line-up that last year included everyone from Terry Rymer on an ex-works OW-01 to Giacamo Agostini, Freddie Spencer and Stephen Mertens last year, the Spa Bikers Classic is set to be a major event in 2013.
It’s set on the legendary old circuit of Spa in the Ardennes region of Belgium. And if we manage to pull everything together in time, I will be racing at Spa with a team put together by UK classic bike and custom genius’ Spirit of the Seventies. It may be we scrap that, ride down, park up and hit the bar, but whatever happens we’ll keep you posted.
That aside, Spa is a brilliant day-long ride, an incredible party, and a fascinating four-hour endurance race. Pack a tent, pack some beers and book a ferry.
For more information go to: http://eng.bikersclassics.be/
Perhaps the greatest motorsport event in the world, the Goodwood Festival of Speed used to be all about cars, but that has changed and bikes are beginning to take over. Okay, so the focus is still very much on four wheels, but the bike side is growing big time and it’s an incredible event to attend if you’re a petrol head of any description.
I’ve been lucky enough to ride up the hill a number of times on everything from Mick Doohan’s NSR500 to a V4 (yes, V4) Ducati prototype, and thirties BMW TT racer. But even if you’re just attending, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is an incredible day out and the biggest chance you will perhaps ever get to meet your heroes and stand inches away from some of the most famous race bikes and racers in history.
Get your tickets early as it always sells out, and you can only buy them in advance so don’t expect to rock up and pay your way in on the day.
For more information go to: www.goodwood.co.uk/festival-of-speed
If you missed Motorcycle Live at the NEC, then the MCN London Motorcycle Show is the next best thing.
The show takes on a whole new format this year, and it’s the chance for anyone who missed the NEC to get up close and personal with the latest 2013 bikes, grab some bargains, buy some new kit, and witness some incredible biking entertainment.
For more information go to: www.mcnmotorcycleshow.com
BSB, MotoGP and World Superbikes may grab all the headlines, but if you want a brilliant, cheap day out with some of the best racing you will ever see, then get yourself along to watch a motorcycle club race.
For around a tenner you’ll get to see incredibly close racing, have full access to the paddock, get to watch a massive programme of quickfire races and get to ride out to your favourite local race track. And let’s face it, isn’t that why we go to events half the time?
Club race paddocks are informal and welcoming places to be as long as you don’t get in anyone’s way. The guys take their racing deadly seriously and the last thing they need is someone jumping in front of them when they’re on the way to the holding area!
Grab yourself a programme, find some riders to support and get into the club race vibe!
For more information write New Era, Thundersport GB or EMRA into Google, or check out www.bikesportnews.com
Witness the ancient art of Hill Climbing where men and woman pit themselves against one of the biggest nemesis of any motorcyclists – a bloody great, twisty hill.
Think of Prescott as the up and coming Goodwood, a bit more low key, a lot less pretentious, but just as much fun.
Have a go yourself if you get sorted and book in, or just simply arrive and watch the lunatics pitching themselves up the hill. The event is in its third year now and last year attracted Moto2 superstar (and Bennetts sponsored rider) Scott Redding, and BBC TV’s Steve Parrish. Redding is just one of the stars confirmed to attend this year too.
Aside from the on-track activities there are hundreds of trade stands, and you’ll be supporting the NAAB and Severn Freewheelers charities who arrange the whole thing.
For more information go to: www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk
Moan, whinge, and whinge some more about the facilities at Donington Park which are night and day compared to Silverstone, but for racing it’s hard to be beat and we reckon the true home of WSBK after it hosted the first-ever round of the championship back in 1988.
With so many Brits in contention on some of the best bikes in the championship, there has never been a better time since the grand old days of Foggy to get along and watch a WSBK race.
For more information go to: www.donington-park.co.uk
The greatest motorcycle event on earth. That’s a pretty bold description but one that I’m prepared to put my name on the line and say again, because the Isle of Man TT is no ordinary race.
Take anyone to the TT and they will not believe what happens. 37.73-miles of the wildest race track you will ever witness with some of the world’s best rider’s taking 200mph+ superbikes around it as fast as they dare.
Stand behind a rope as bikes do 180mph down Bray Hill and you will be changed, forever. There truly is nothing like the Isle of Man on earth, and whether you’ve been a million times, or this will be your first time, beg, borrow, or steal your pocket money to get yourself to the Island this year.
For more information go to: www.iomtt.com
Arguably the best domestic series in Britain will be in full swing for round 6 of the championship on the full GP circuit.
Traditionally WSB weekend at Brands, the organisers have a whole weekend of fun and entertainment planned, not just some of the best racing and most talented riders in the country rubbing elbows as they fight it out.
You get an action-packed programme of racing and get to watch the best riders in the UK at arguably the best circuit.
For more information go to: www.britishsuperbike.com
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