Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 31 Oct 2014
Mallory Park’s Race of the Year returns for 2014 as the Leicestershire circuit continues to get back on its feet under the new ownership of former racers Eddie Roberts and Stuart Hicken.
The iconic race, first held in 1958, hasn’t taken place since 2011 amidst the financial difficulties endured by the circuit’s previous owners which almost saw the venue shut down.
Now under the control of Real Motorsport Ltd, the circuit re-opened its doors back in March and now holds regular track days and the occasional club race meeting. The Race of the Year was one event the new owners were keen to re-instate, a one-off non-championship meeting traditionally held at the end of the competitive motorcycle racing season. Previous winners include racing greats such as Barry Sheene and Giacomi Agostini to modern day stars like MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow and World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes.
2014 British Superbike runner-up Ryuichi Kiyonari was supposed to top this year’s entry list but following his crash at Brands Hatch three weeks ago the Japanese star has been ruled out of action. Kiyonari’s Buildbase BMW team mate and National Superstock race winner Lee Jackson now tops the entries on the BMW S 1000 RR he campaigned in selected rounds of this year’s British Superbike Championship.
Jackson will be joined in the Buildbase BMW squad by British Supersport rider Luke Stapleford who will also compete in the 600cc category aboard his Profile Racing Triumph. Luke Mossey will also step up to the 1000cc class aboard the Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX10R he’s expected to campaign in next year’s British Superbike Championship.
John Ingram will compete aboard his 2014 Morello Kawasaki superbike alongside Pete Ward and National Superstock 1000 podium-finisher Joe Burns will also feature in the 1000cc races along with Tsingtao Kawasaki’s Kyle Wilks.
Bennetts grassroots stars Rory Skinner and Josh Owens will compete in the 125cc/Moto3 battle, with 2014 Aprilia Superteens Champion Skinner set to make his Moto3 debut ahead of competing in Red Bull Rookies cup next year. However, British Moto3 runner-up Joe Irving will take some beating on the Redline KTM.
Practice gets underway from 9am on Sunday morning with the first race at 11:30. Tickets cost just £15.
Bike Social will be present on the Bennetts stand throughout the event, showcasing the stunning Bennetts R1 and giving away lots of goodies! Can’t attend? Keep up with what’s going on via the Bennetts Twitter feed!