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Motorcycling Champions past and present converge on Goodwood

Motorcycling Champions past and present converge on Goodwood  
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on 06/16/2006



With no major motorcycle racing date-clash for the first time in fourteen years, Goodwood has assembled a mouth-watering array of bikes and riders from around the world for this year’s Festival of Speed (7.8.9 July), representing motorcycling’s greatest championships. From the world of Grand Prix, 21-year-old Australian sensation Casey Stoner will ride his 240 bhp+ Honda RC211V up the famous Goodwood hill, while fellow GP regulars, Brit James Ellison, and Aussie Chris Vermulen, will ride Kenny Roberts’ 1980 championship-winning Yamaha OW48 and Barry Sheene’s 1975 Suzuki XR-14. Californian legend of the 1980s and 90s Randy Mamola will demonstrate the unique two-seater Ducati GP bike, and celebrated number one Brit (Irish) Grand Prix rider Jeremy McWilliams will be tackling the hill. Multiple British Champion Ron Haslam will be reunited with the Honda Elf 3 he rode in the early 1990s, and rare bikes from MV Agusta, BMW and Gilera will supplement the category.


Huge names from the World Superbike Championship will entertain the Festival crowds. Reigning World Champion Troy Corser, along with team mate Yukio Kagayama from the Corona Alstare Team, will ride their factory Suzuki GSX-R1000s, with this year’s run-away championship leader (and ex-World Champion) Troy Bayliss demonstrating his Xerox Ducati FC-06. 2002’s World Superbike Champion, and ever popular Brit, James Toseland, will ride his Winston Ten Kate Honda while hard-charging Chris Walker will ride a Kawasaki KR750 on which Mick Grant broke the TT lap record in 1976.

British Superbike (BSB) star Ryuichi Kiyonari will guest on his HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR, with ex-champion John Reynolds aboard his Suzuki. Current BSB race winner Scott Smart, who is a cousin of the late, great Barry Sheene, will also appear on his 2006 Vivaldi Racing Suzuki.

Honda has flown over a rare selection of classic bikes seldom seen outside of its famous Collect Hall, situated at Motegi, north of Tokyo. Ex-World Champions and Grand Prix winners, Luigi Taveri, Tommy Robb, Ralph Bryans, Stuart Graham and Bob Heath, will be entertaining the Goodwood spectators with the music of Honda’s amazing 1960s screaming three-, four-, and five-cylinder machines. John McGuinness will ride his HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR hot from the Isle on Man where he has recently shattered the lap and race records and added another three victories to make 11 overall TT wins round the infamous mountain circuit.

The off-road world is neatly represented by Ewan McGregor’s round-the-world travelling companion Charley Boorman, who manfully tackled the awesome Dakar race earlier this year and will be accompanied by Mick Extance, the top-finishing Brit in recent years in this race of attrition.

If the racing bikes weren’t enough, Confederate will be flying in its majestic Hellcat and Wraith road creations, the first time they will have been seen outside the USA. World-famous motorcycle customiser Roland Sands will also be showing an awesome Harley Davidson-powered custom build bike that has taken the American custom world by storm.

"We are all thrilled at Goodwood to be able to see such a fantastic cross section of riders and motorcycles from all eras and from all championships," said Lord March. "We've never had such a strong line-up and I'm so pleased to see such a fabulous representation from current teams and riders. Motorcycle fans are in for a real treat."

The 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place on 7.8.9 July at Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, England.

Entry is by advance ticket only.



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