Yes, the sun is shining and the weekend is almost upon us so it’s time to look at what Saturday and Sunday have in store. We’ve picked out the Top 5 events to ride to or get involved with this weekend.
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The third round of the national championship takes place on Sunday near Twickenham.
Moto Gymkhana is a high energy, technical motorcycle sport that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s all about skill – requiring accurate control, bursts of speed and ruthless braking – rider ability not horsepower is the key to steering round a course of obstacles in the fastest time. It’s free for spectators to go and watch. Round 4 takes place on 6th September also at Kempton Park while the final round is hosted by Donington Park on 3rd October.
This is the first of five dates through July and August around the UK where new and existing Aprilia and Moto Guzzi customers can test-ride the current range from each brand.
Riders must be aged between 25 and 70, have held a full bike licence for at least one year and have no more than six points on their licence.
ROAR stands for Ride Out And Rally and the IAM are taking over the National Motorcycle Museum on Solihull, Birmingham where TT winner Ian Hutchinson will attend alongside John Cooper and Steve Plater. The £10 per rider charge includes museum admission, food and drink voucher plus the opportunity to participate in all of the days’ activities.
Five informal ride-ins from around the country are also being organised:
Headlined by the 23 times Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness and for the first time ever he will be showing an exclusive collection of his very own motorcycles. Joining John will be racing royalty in the shape of Mick Grant, Steve Parrish, Alex George, Rex Butcher, John Cooper, Colin Seeley, Paul Smart, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Chas Mortimer in and around the paddock over the weekend.
This years’ event will feature an exciting twist with the inclusion of 2 very special International Classic Grand Prix feature races being held on the Sunday. Established in 1999 by former French Grand Prix racer Eric Saul, the ICGP is a classic motorcycle championship featuring 250cc-350cc Grand Prix machines from 1970s-1980s era. Riders in this event include Bernard Fau, Ian Simpson, Guy Bertin and William Gougy.
In addition to the race action there are track parades, trade stands, owners clubs, live music on both Friday and Saturday evenings as well as an exclusive ‘mini’ MAD Tour with Steve Parrish.
Tickets for Saturday are £15, Sunday is £20 and Camping is £5.
Honda factory British Superbike riders Jason O'Halloran & Jenny Tinmouth will be at Grantham Honda for their open day on Saturday. Bikes from the Peterborough Panthers Speedway team will be on display as well as unique bikes from the past including Mike Hailwood's 1966 Honda RC181 and Valentino Rossi's 1997 Aprilia MotoGP125 alongside the latest range of Honda bikes to try.
There are plenty of other ride-outs and meets lined up for the weekend, many of which are advertised on the Bike Social What’s On section. You can search for your local events or add your own, all you need is a free profile.
Of course if the forecasters have managed to screw up their weather predictions or if you simply can’t be bothered to go anywhere then don’t forget the 9th round of MotoGP takes place at Sachsenring in Germany this weekend. BT Sport will broadcast all of the track action live, ITV will have the highlights on Monday evening or you can keep up to date with qualifying and race reports here at Bike Social or via our Twitter and Facebook channels.