Posted: 18 Feb 2014
Last weekend’s storms didn’t put off thousands of motorcyclists from heading to the London Motorcycle Show, with the MCN-organised event seeing record numbers through the doors making it their biggest show ever.
The show got off to a storming start on Friday with BT Sport unveiling their long-awaited MotoGP presenting and commentary line-ups. Daytime television presenter, Melanie Sykes fronts the effort and is joined by experienced riders James Toseland and Neil Hodgson plus Gavin Emmett, a former Dorna employee. The late nineties dream team of Keith Huewen and Julian Ryder are to be reunited in the commentary box and will occasionally be joined by MCN’s Matt Birt.
Friday also saw four-time World Superbike Champion, Carl Fogarty reunited with his four world championship winning Ducatis, drawing in an impressively large crowd. MotoGP riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith were also on hand to meet with fans and sign autographs while on the British Superbike front, Paul Bird Kawasaki unveiled their 2014 livery live on stage.
Saturday saw the announcement that Simon Andrews is set to return to British Superbikes this season with the RAF Reserves Honda squad and Manxman road-racer Connor Cummins will return to the circuit-racing scene on a Stock 1000 Fireblade for the team. Halsall Racing also revealed their 2014 line-up of Lee Costello and youngster Harry Hartley.
The show also featured a Mike Hailwood tribute, including a selection of his race bikes, trophies and the Ford GT40 sports car he raced. Fans were also given a special treat in hearing the sound of his Honda 500/4 being started up!
Alongside all the latest offerings from manufacturers, there was also the ever-popular Classic Zone. One notable visitor with a particular interest in this area was Top Gear’s James May, whose classic collection was on display at the show.
Speedway Star Tai Woffinden was awarded MCN Man of the Year on Sunday after receiving twice as many votes than other competitors including World Superbike Champion, Tom Sykes and World Supersport Champion, Sam Lowes.
TT legends John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop went head to head for the first times this year in the ‘Revolution’ live action show. On team Dunlop was Michael Rutter and Phillip McCallen while James Whitham and Ian Hutchinson formed McGuinness’ squad as the pair of trios went head to head on the tricky arena circuit.