Goodwood Festival of Speed

Bike presence gets stronger for 2007

Posted: 18 June 2007
by Tim Skilton



Goodwood...get close to the action


MOTORCYCLE FANS visiting this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed areto be treated to the best two-wheeled display in the event's history. Mchines from a variety of eras will be tackling the events famous sprint - many being piloted by famous racers and celebrities.

From Goodwood:

A huge array of exotic machinery is promised to help celebrate the Isle of Man TT centenary, including the 1907 Norton which won the twin cylinder race at the very first TT. Honda will be shipping a priceless selection of historic bike from the Honda Collection Hall in Motegi, Japan to be ridden by 1960's legends Jim Redman, Tommy Robb, Ralph Bryans and Stuart Graham " son of TT winner Les Graham and himself the only man to have won TTs on both two wheels and four. In addition, Bob McMillan " ex-Honda boss and great friend of Isle of Mann legend, 26-time TT winner Joey Dunlop " will ride the Ulsterman's 2001 Honda SP-1 over the weekend. There will also be a fantastic selection of important TT machines from the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum.

Long-standing Festival sponsor BMW will be showing some of its classic TT winning machines, and will also bring to Goodwood current world motorcycle stunt riding champion Chris Pfeiffer who will entertain the crowds with his stunning dispay of motorcycle control.

Celebrating the 20th year of World Superbike Championship (WSB), fans are in for a treat with past and present stars packing the entry list. Four-time WSB champion Carl Fogarty (riding an MV Agusta F4R) makes a welcome return to Goodwood, joined by 2003 WSB Champion, Neil Hodgson on his championship winning Ducati 999R, as well as the first British rider to win a WSB race, Terry Rymer, who will ride a Yamaha OWO1 up the hill. Past British wild-card world superbike podium man Michael Rutter will ride on his 2007 MSS Discovery Kawasaki ZX10 over the weekend " the same bike he is campaigning in this year's British Superbike Championship.

Several stars from the WSB Championship that appeared at the 2006 Festival are also expected to be in action, in many cases with new bikes and new sponsors. Reigning World Champion Troy Bayliss will be on the Xerox Ducati 999F07 and another former double world champion, Troy Corser, who has switched from Alstare Corona Factory Suzuki to Yamaha Motor Italia this season, will be here. Alstare Corona Suzuki is keen to repeat the success of its first visit to the Festival last year by fielding the hugely popular Yukio Kagayama who will be piloting his Suzuki GSX-R1000K7 up the challenging Goodwood Hill.

One of the biggest draws on two wheels this year is expected to be Jeremy McWilliams who will ride the Ilmor X1 MotoGP bike " the machine and team that sadly withdrew for the 2007 championship after just one round. Also from the Grand Prix world, Festival goers will get a chance to see the Kevin Schwantz Lucky Strike Suzuki RG500 run for the first time in the UK, ridden by current BSB rider Sean Emmett who acted as a stand in for the injured Schwantz for two rounds of the 1992 GP championship.

An exciting new addition to the Festival of Speed this year is a special display of highly interesting and little seen limited-production muscle bikes, which will also be in action on the hillclimb. Confederate will be shipping its awesome Wraith B120 over from the USA, having suffered a last-minute hitch that prevented their promised attendance last year. Continuing with the American theme, US muscle bike constructor Moto Czyzs hopes to attend. Harley Davidson will be showing an awesome XR-1200 prototype machine based on the machines that raced on the American ovals. It will be ridden by American legend and multi-time champion Scott Parker. Also promised is the extraordinary 1.6-litre Wakan 100 from France.

For further information please contact the Goodwood Ticket Hotline:

Telephone: +44 1243 755055

Fax: +44 1243 755058

E-mail: bookings@goodwood.co.uk

On-line via Online Ticket section of this website




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