Posted: 02 Dec 2013
The final weekend of Motorcycle Live kicked off in style on Saturday as the show was graced by royalty. HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge visited the show where he was given a guided tour of some of the latest models by show organiser Dean Linehan.
His Royal Highness took time to take a look at the stands of Norton, Triumph and Ducati, where he had a quick chat with triple British Superbike Champion Shane Byrne. The Duke was keen to try out the bikes for size, taking the time to sit on various models including Ducati’s new 1199 Superleggera.
“It was a real pleasure and an honour to host HRH Prince William on our stand,” said Tim Maccabee - Managing Director of Ducati UK – who talked the Duke through Ducati’s latest range.
“He was pleased to take a look around and certainly seemed to enjoy sitting on the different models. He commented on how light the Diavel was, but I think he favoured the 1199 Superleggera.”
After a tour of the manufacturer stands, William witnessed an off-road display and met British MotoGP rider Bradley Smith before being presented with a wooden-balance bike, complete with special graphics for his four-month-old son, Prince George.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge to Motorcycle Live” commented Linehan.
“We know he likes motorcycles and that he rides when he can, but he showed a great knowledge of and appreciation for the UK’s motorcycle industry, which employs more than 80,000 people and will generate around £7.5 billion for the British economy this year.”
“It’s been a fantastic week for all the show’s exhibitors and visitors,” he added, “and we’ll be sorry to close Motorcycle Live tomorrow. But today’s royal visit will certainly give the whole industry a massive boost as we head into a really exciting 2014.”