Beiträge von Peter F.

    Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison and Josh Brookes lead a star-studded entry for 2017 Bennetts Senior Classic TT race


    This year’s Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race at the 2017 Isle of Man Classic TT presented by Bennetts is set to be another fiercely contested encounter around the Mountain Course with an 87-strong field containing some of the sport’s finest road racers.


    Last year’s winner and current lap record holder John McGuinness is sadly absent due to injury but Team Winfield have moved swiftly to replace him with Josh Brookes taking over their 500cc Paton. It will be the Australian’s first time at the Classic TT presented by Bennetts but, setting off at number eight, he’s sure to be a major contender on, arguably, the strongest bike on the grid.

    The strongest competition is likely to come from the Black Eagle Racing pairing of Michael Dunlop (3) and Dean Harrison (9) on MV Agusta’s, the latter having won in 2015 and finished second twelve months ago. Ian Lougher (John Chapman Racing) will also mounted on one of the Italian multi-cylinder machines. The Welshman won in 2014 and he has the honour of leading the field away at number one this year.

    Davies Motorsport Honda trio William Dunlop (6), Alan Oversby (5) and Dominic Herbertson (15) are all podium contenders while Maria Costello (Team Beugger Racing) will be looking to repeat her 2016 rostrum finish when she was third on the Paton. She starts at number 7 with Classic maestro Bill Swallow (16) another rider to be Paton-mounted, this time for Gleve Racing.

    The field is packed with potential rostrum men riding British machines - none more so than Lightweight TT winner Michael Rutter (Ripley Land Racing Matchless) at number 4, Jamie Coward (Ted Woof/Craven Concrete Manx Norton) at number 2, Danny Webb (14) on the Dunnell Racing Norton and James Cowton (17) riding the Dave Kenah Racing Norton.


    Olie Linsdell, the maiden winner of the race in 2013, will again be on the Flitwick Motorcycles/Steve Bond Royal Enfield, this time with the number ten plate, while amongst Cameron Donald (11) riding the Motagallur Vincent, Chris Swallow (12) on the Wooderson BSA, Daniel Hegarty (18) with the D&M Engineering Honda and James Hillier (19) on the CSC Racing Honda all start in the top twenty. Austrian ace Horst Saiger rounds out the top twenty on the Egli Motorradtechnik Vincent machine.

    There’s plenty of talent throughout the field and other riders competing include Ivan Lintin (Brian Richards Racing Matchless), 1993 Formula One TT winner Nick Jefferies (Goathland Garage Norton), David Sellers (Chris Hughes Racing Honda), Peter Boast (D&M Engineering Honda), Phil McGurk (Dave Hardman BSA), Dave Matravers (Round Oak Services Paton), Steve Ferguson (Greenall Racing Honda) and TT Rider Liaison Officer John Barton (Wemoto.com Matchless).


    Classic racing stalwarts Hefyn, Bob and Mereydd Owen are back for another effort as are David Madsen-Mygdal, Mark Parrett, Mark Herbertson, Davy Morgan, Michael Russell, Alex Sinclair, Bruno Leroy, Chris McGahan and John Leigh Pemberton. Meanwhile, the leading newcomer of TT2017, Adam McLean, is set to make his Classic TT debut on a 500cc BSA.

    The four-lap race is scheduled to take place at 11.30am on Saturday 26th August.

    Classic TT Grandstand tickets are available now starting from as little at £5 with race day tickets priced at £20. VIP experiences, tickets for the RST Classic TT Legends Dinner on Sunday 27th and the Classic TT Prize giving on Monday 28th August are all available to buy now at iomtt.com or our sales hotline on (00 44) (0) 1624 640011.

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    BRUCE ANSTEY AND MICHAEL DUNLOP GO HEAD TO HEAD IN DUNLOP LIGHTWEIGHT CLASSIC TT RACE AT 2017 ISLE OF MAN CLASSIC TT PRESENTED BY BENNETTS


     


    The second running of the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race at the Classic TT presented by Bennetts has attracted an increased entry of 68 riders for 2017 and last year’s race winner and lap record holder Bruce Anstey heads the line up.

    The Kiwi lapped at 118.744mph on his way to victory in 2016 and he’s back to try and make it two in a row, this time starting at number 2 on the Padgetts Motorcycles Honda.

    The pre-race favourite sets off ten seconds after one his closest rival Ian Lougher, the Welshman again riding the Laylaw Racing Yamaha with another major threat coming at number three with Michael Dunlop contesting the race for the first time on the Turner Racing Yamaha.

    His team-mate Dan Cooper sets off at number five and is sure to be challenging for a podium finish whilst the same applies to the John Chapman Racing duo of Dan Kneen (7) and Ivan Lintin (8) who will both ride RS250 Honda’s.

    James Cowton (9) is another likely rostrum contender on his Yamaha with Phil Harvey (10) aiming for a repeat performance of 2016 when he took an emotional third place on his CSC Racing Honda.

    Paul Owen (11) just missed out to Harvey last year on the Team 98 Honda and other class regulars to be back for another try are Rhys Hardisty (15) on the Kaymac Marine Engineering Yamaha, former Newcomers Manx Grand Prix winner Gary Vines (17) riding his immaculately prepared Online Lubricants Yamaha, Chris Moore (18) riding the JL Exhausts/Dafabet Yamaha and Davy Morgan (19) on his own 250cc Honda.


    2016 TT Privateer’s Champion Dan Hegarty (12) makes his debut in the race riding a TZ Yamaha, while former Manx Grand Prix winner Dan Sayle is set to go at 14 on the Steelcote Solutions Yamaha.

    Exciting road racing prospect Adam McLean starts at number 16 and will also be Yamaha-mounted whilst other riders expected to be pushing for top ten finishes are the Clever Brown Honda pairing of Nigel Moore and Shaun Anderson, Timothee Monot (Team Baz Honda), Michael Sweeney on the second Laylaw Racing Yamaha, Tom Snow (FCL Racing Yamaha), Stuart Hall (Martyn Nelson Yamaha) and Dan Stewart (Wilcock Consulting Yamaha).


    However, a spoiler in the race could well be Michael Rutter on the Red Fox Grinta Racing Ducati with the Midlands rider setting off at number four whilst Chris Swallow also has a 750cc Ducati at his disposal, this time under the iconic Sports Motorcycles Ducati banner.

    Other riders to keep an eye on include David Hewson (Obsession Engineering Yamaha), David Madsen-Mygdal (RJP Racing Honda), Neal Champion (Frasers of Gloucester Yamaha) and Michael Russell (CMB Motorsport Honda).

    CAMERON DONALD LINES UP SURE JUNIOR CLASSIC TT RACE CHALLENGE WITH MCINTOSH RACING

     


    Cameron Donald will again challenge for honours at this year’s Isle of Man Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts with the Australian ace a confirmed starter in the Sure Junior Classic TT Race.

    The double TT winner will ride a 350cc Manx Norton for McIntosh Racing run by Kiwi classic racing supremo Ken McIntosh.

    Donald has been a regular at the Classic TT since the inaugural year in 2013 and finished second in that year’s Okells 350cc Classic TT behind race winner Chris Palmer riding an AJS 7R.


    Riding the same machine, he finished fourth in 2016 just missing out on the podium but with a fastest lap in the class of 100.382mph. He will go in to the four-lap race, to be held on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, as a major contender for honours.

    New Zealand tuning ace McIntosh has also been a staunch supporter of the Classic TT initially fielding Bruce Anstey on his 500cc Manx Norton. The 12-time TT winner retired in 2013 but took an excellent third in 2014 lapping in excess of 108mph and McIntosh’s expertise when it comes to Manx Norton’s is highly regarded so he’ll be giving Donald every possible chance of glory in 2017.

    Speaking about the Classic TT, Cameron Donald said:

    “I’ve really enjoyed the Classic TT since the outset and having missed riding at this year’s TT on the modern bikes, I am raring to go with Ken and the McIntosh Racing Team. I’ve worked with Ken on and off for a long time and I know how good his bikes are. It’s always going to be a hard up against the multi cylinder bikes, but these are races of attrition and with four consistently fast laps I hope to be close when the chequered flag goes out.”

    Pressemeldung:


    Spektakel mit Schräglage beim 29. ADAC VFV Schottenring Classic- GP

    Fahrerparade am Freitag mit geplantem Fallschirmabsprung von Eberhard Gienger

    Trainings- und Wertungsläufe Samstag und Sonntag ab 7. 50 Uhr, Seitenwagen- Champions dabei

    SCHOTTEN (sfä) Ähnlich wie Weihnachten ist auch das dritte August- Wochenende für die Freunde des historischen Motorradsports ein fester Termin.
    Anlässlich des 29. ADAC/VFV Schottenring Classic- GP des verantwortlichen ADAC- Ortsclub MSC Rund um Schotten geht es zwar nicht um Geschenke, aber das Spektakel kommt während der Großveranstaltung nicht zu kurz.
    Dafür sorgen die rund 140 Starter auf zwei und drei Rädern aus dem gesamten Bundesgebiet und der Schweiz. Dabei steht beim sechsten von acht Läufen zur Deutschen Historischen Motorradmeisterschaft (DHM) keineswegs die Bestzeit, sondern die individuelle Sollzeit auf dem Programm.
    Mit teils verblüffender Schräglage drehen die Solisten und Duos auf den Gespannen ihre Runden auf dem eigens abgesperrten 1, 4 Kilometer Stadtrundkurs um die Seestraße in Schotten. Die Vorbereitungen hinter den Kulissen laufen seit Monaten auf Hochtouren. Etwa eine Woche vorher wird auch äußerlich langsam sichtbar, dass sich Schotten für den sprichwörtlichen Klassiker rüstet. Wenn die Mannschaft um MSC- Chef Wolfgang Wagner- Sachs damit beschäftigt ist, die öffentlichen Straßen für ein Wochenende in eine Rennstrecke zu verwandeln.
    Bei optimalen Bedingungen erwarten die Organisatoren mehr als 10 000 Zuschauer am Samstag und Sonntag, die bei klingenden Namen wie Vintage, Post Vintage oder BMW Kneeler sowohl optisch als auch akustisch an vergangene (Wirtschaftswunder) Zeiten erinnert werden.
    Dominierende Marke ist dabei BMW, gefolgt von Honda. Das dürfte für die Fans jedoch zweitrangig sein. Das Spektakel beginnt bereits am Freitagabend ab 18. 30 Uhr mit der Fahrerparade in der sogenannten Postkurve, dem Rechtsabzweig nach Start und Ziel.
    Sollte das Wetter mitspielen, ist mit dem erstmaligen Fallschirmabsprung des ehemaligen 3- fachen Reck-Europameisters, 6- fachen deutschen Turnmeisters, 2- fache Sportler des Jahres (1974 und 78) und heutigen Bundestagsabgeordneten Eberhard Gienger ein weiteres Highlight des Wochenendes geplant. Der gebürtige Schwabe ist seit 30 Jahren im Fallschirmsport aktiv und hat über 5 100 Sprünge, davon 2 500 Tandemsprünge absolviert.
    Nach den Trainingsläufen am Samstag ab 7. 50 Uhr geht es in den Wertungsläufen am Sonntag ebenfalls ab 7. 50 Uhr in zehn Klassen um weitere Punkte in der DHM. In den Pausen von 12. 30 Uhr bis 13. 10 Uhr gibt es Präsentationsläufe im Kart und auf Motorrädern der MSC- Jugend, sowie Gespann- Taxifahrten.
    Meisterlich wird es in den IDM- Sidecar Sonderläufen Samstags und Sonntags jeweils ab 10. 02 Uhr und 15. 42 Uhr. Mit dabei sind der Niederländer Bennie Streuer (Seitenwagen- Weltmeister 2015), der Schweizer Adolf Hänni (2010/2011/2013) und der Mittelhesse Andre Ketzer (Deutscher Meister IDM- Seitenwagen 2013). Aus heimischer Sicht werden in Schotten Bernd Albert/Jann Philipp Wagner (Laubach/Schotten) auf BMW R50, Klaus Jung (Gießen) auf BSA Goldstar und BSA A10, Stephan und Jan Hilberg (Schotten/Laubach) auf BMW R69S, Reinhold Kaiser/Patrick Schupp (Gießen) BMW Kneeler, Erwin und Ronja Mahl (Alsfeld) auf BMW Schmid, Wilhelm Nagelschmid (Büdingen), Wolfgang Fischer (Rockenberg) beide Yamaha RD 250, Wolfgang Saul (Gießen) Honda CB 250 RS, Hans Poljack (Schmitten) Yamaha SR 500, Volker Heim (Bischoffen) Moto Morini 3 und Johannes Hensel (Wölfersheim) auf MV Augusta 350 erwartet.

    Der Eintritt kostet für Erwachsene Samstag und Sonntag je 16 Euro, das Wochenendticket 27 Euro und Kinder pro Tag fünf Euro. Weitere Infos unter www.schottenring.de und www.my-dhm.de.



    Johannes Hensel - MV Augusta 350

    Foto: Trömer


    TT STARS DAN KNEEN AND JAMIE COWARD CARRY MISTRAL RACING'S HOPES FOR 2017 CLASSIC TT PRESENTED BY BENNETTS


    Continuing the strength in depth at the Classic TT presented by Bennetts, Mistral Racing will field Dan Kneen and Jamie Coward in this year’s Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Race.


    The pairing will form one of the strongest teams on the grid in the 4-lap race, riding identically prepared ZXR750 Kawasakis as they look to break the Suzuki and Yamaha stranglehold on the event.

    Kneen rode for the team in 2016 and, after lapping at 123.853mph, was running in the top five before being forced to retire on the second lap. He comes into the meeting as one of the in-form riders having achieved his debut podium at this year’s Isle of Man TT Races, when he finished third in the RL360º Quantum Superstock Race, while he also finished in the top three in all four Superbike races at the recent Southern 100.

    Coward has ridden for Ian Harrison’s team at the Classic TT presented by Bennetts every year since 2013 with the exception of 2014 when he missed the event due to injury. He finished sixth in 2015 and lapped at 122.858mph twelve months ago before being removed from the results due to a technical infringement.

    The Hebden Bridge rider is in excellent form this year on the Radcliffe Racing machines, securing his best ever finish at the TT with ninth in the RL360 Quantum Superstock Race, posting personal best lap times at all of the meetings he’s competed in.


    Mistral Racing have competed at every Classic TT since its inception in 2013 and have over 25 years experience in performance motorsport and motorcycle tuning. They are acknowledged as one of the most accomplished engine tuning companies in the UK. With Kneen and Coward piloting the ZXR750 Kawasaki’s, they will have every chance of recording at least a podium finish.

    Commenting on the Classic TT, Mistral Racing’s Dan Kneen said:

    “I really enjoyed working with the Mistral guys last year and we were on for a good result before we got hit by some bad luck. The team have done a lot more development with the bike since last year and we should be as competitive as anything else out there.”


     


     

    IRISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPION DEREK SHIELS JOINS HORST SAIGER AT GREENALL RACING FOR ISLE OF MAN CLASSIC TT PRESENTED BY BENNETTS


    Greenall Racing will return to this year’s Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts with Irish Superbike Champion Derek Shiels joining regular team member Horst Saiger in a two-pronged attack on the Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Race.

    The duo will ride identically prepared ZXR750 Kawasaki’s in the four-lap race which is scheduled to be held on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th.

    Austria’s Saiger has become a staunch supporter of the Classic TT event, adding the meeting to his Isle of Man TT Races schedule and having finished 13th in the 2015 race, he improved considerably in 2016, finishing sixth and lapping at an impressive 122.529mph.


      


     

    However, like a number of other riders he fell foul to a technical infringement and was removed from the results. He did, however, finish in a fine 10th place in the Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race riding an immaculately prepared Egli-Vincent EVG500

    Sheils will be making his debut at the Classic TT and although he had a disappointing time on the Mountain Course in June at the TT, retiring from all four of his races, he did lap at 128.780mph to become the fastest rider from Southern Ireland around the 37.73-mile course.

    The double Irish Superbike Champion has again been in imperious form at the Irish National road race meetings this year and his appearance at the Classic TT adds further intrigue to a high-quality line-up.


    The team is well established within road racing circles as they were originally formed over 30 years ago and since then have had many successes on the Mountain Course and the Irish roads with riders such as Bill Ingham, Geoff Johnson, Steve Hazlett, Bob Jackson, Jim Hodson and Jim Moodie.

    They also prepared the 926cc Ducati for the late Simon Beck, which he rode when finishing 3rd in the 1995 Formula 1 TT Race, splitting the 4 factory Honda’s as well as building the popular Lancastrian’s factory ZX7RR Kawasaki’s.


    Commenting on his Classic TT debut, Derek Shiels said:

    “I’m really looking forward to getting back to the Island for the Classic TT and hopefully I’ll have more luck than I did at the TT in June. The Classic TT has gone from strength to strength since it started so it is good to finally get involved. I’m excited about riding the Greenall Kawasaki’s which look to be amongst the best bikes out there, and I am hopeful of getting a good result for Angus (Greenall) and the team.”

    Ein Nachruf von Winni Scheibe



    Adieu Visionär Thomas Petsch

    Seine Münch-Mammut-2000 war das stärkste und die Münch TTE-2 weltweit das abgassauberste Motorrad.


    Es gibt Menschen, Männer, ohne deren Innovationen und weitsichtiges Tun die Motorradwelt, aber natürlich auch andere Bereiche, deutlich ärmer wären. Thomas Petsch war so ein Mann, bekennender Motorradfahrer und begeisterter Münch-Fan. Als der Würzburger Unternehmer 1997 sein großes Idol Friedel Münch persönlich kennen lernte, heckten die beiden Technikfreaks einen gewieften Plan aus. Sie wollten eine neue Münch Mammut bauen. Aus der Idee entstand die Münch-Mammut-2000. Nach dem Motto „machen, was machbar ist" hatte Visionär Thomas Petsch im Jahr 2000 ein Bigbike der Superlativen auf die Räder gestellt. Eine Vierzylinder-Turbo-Maschine mit zwei Liter Hubraum, 260 PS und über 250 Stundenkilometer schnell.


    2010 folgte der nächste Paukenschlag. Für die neu geschaffene Elektro-Bike-Weltmeisterschaft gründete Thomas Petsch das Münch-Racing-Team. Mit der selbst entwickelten und gebauten Münch TTE-2, ein gut 140 PS starker 100prozentiger Elektro-Racer, gewann der Rennstall-Besitzer mit seinem Team-Fahrer Matthias Himmelmann in den Jahren 2000, 2011 und 2012 die E-Bike Weltmeisterschaft. Mit diesen sensationellen Erfolgen eines deutschen Rennteams war der rührige Motorradexperte der Zeit um Jahre voraus. In dem aktuellen, dilettantischen, unprofessionellen und handlungsuntätigen Abgasskandal sollten sich die verantwortlichen Politiker und Wirtschaftsbosse von diesem Vorbild eine ganz dicke Scheibe abschneiden.



    Thomas Petsch hat uns am 17. Juli 2017 für immer verlassen. Wir werden ihn vermissen; er wird uns fehlen, aber wir werden ihn nicht vergessen. Seine Münch-Mammut-2000 und die E-Bike WM-Titel haben längst ihren festen Platz in der Motorradgeschichte gefunden.


     

    Thomas Petsch




    Münch-Racing-Team Champion 2012
    Matthias Himmelmann, Ralf Ernst, Thomas Petsch, Thomas Schuricht, Katja Poensgen
     


    Text: Winni Scheibe, Fotos: Scheibe, Frohnmeyer




    ISLE OF MAN FESTIVAL OF MOTORCYCLING PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

      


    Motorcycling fans can now pre-order the definitive guide to the 2017 Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling with the release of the 2017 Official Programme.

    The full colour 92 page glossy publication previews the four main events that comprise the 2017 festival – the Classic TT presented by Bennetts, the Manx Grand Prix, the Manx International Classic Trial and the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Festival of Jurby.

    This year’s feature packed programme includes a nostalgic look back at Bob McIntyre’s 100mph Mountain Course milestone, sixty years after the Scotsman’s iconic lap and ahead of Michael Dunlop’s tribute parade lap on a replica Gilera.

    There’s also a profile of one of the TT’s young guns – cover star Dean Harrison – who talks about the enjoyment he gets from riding Classic machines while at the other end of the age scale Nick Jefferies, who has been competing on the Mountain Course for 42 years, reveals what makes him keep coming back ahead of his Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix campaign.


    The programme also profiles Maria Costello, now in her 21st year of competing around the Mountain Course since her 1996 Manx Grand Prix debut. The Northamptonshire based rider talks about her early days on a Honda Melody scooter through to last year’s memorable Classic TT campaign that saw her stand on the podium alongside John McGuinness in the Bennetts Senior Classic TT.

    As well as the profiling the leading riders there’s also an in-depth look at two of the most remarkable machines in the TT’s history, the Britten V1000 and the iconic Honda Six, which will both feature at this year’s event.

    As well as the glossy feature magazine this year’s programme pack includes detailed race guides for both the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix featuring the complete entry list for every race, the complete list of ‘Vintage’ and ‘Retro’ parader’s as well as the full qualifying, race and parade schedule. The programme is an indispensible guide to some of the best entertainment on the island so that you don’t miss anything off the track either.

    The programme is available to pre-order now via iomtt.com priced £10 with UK delivery scheduled from 12 August and international distribution to most destinations also possible. Customers can also collect their copy from the Duke Grandstand shop during the festival.


    It is also available from many of the Isle of Man's leading newsagents.


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    Superbike Champion Josh Brookes replaces injured John McGuinness at Team Winfield for Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race


    Team Winfield, one of the most successful Classic motorcycle racing teams on the planet, will once again take to the TT Mountain Course in 2017 having secured the considerable talents of Josh Brookes for the Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts.

    The team will concentrate their efforts this year on the Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race with Australian ace Brookes campaigning the 500cc Paton that John McGuinness took to a record-breaking victory 12 months ago.

    Roger Winfield’s outfit have been ever-present at the Classic TT since 2013, and the Classic Manx Grand Prix before that, and although McGuinness was out of luck in the early years of the Classic TT, he made up for that last year when he won the race and set a new lap record of 113.342mph as he came home over twenty seconds clear of Dean Harrison.


    The 23-time Isle of Man TT had been due to ride Winfield’s rapid 500cc twin cylinder Paton again this year but having sustained leg injuries at the North West 200, the team were in need of a top quality replacement and they’ve got just that in 34-year old Brookes.


    The former British Superbike Champion enjoyed a superb return to the 37.73-mile Mountain Course at this year’s TT as he lapped at close to 131mph on the SG6 Norton on his way to securing sixth place in the Pokerstars Senior Race. He took the same result in the Bennetts Lightweight Race, on Ryan Farquhar’s IEG/KMR Kawasaki. The Northern Irishman himself has a strong link to Team Winfield having taken numerous victories at the Manx Grand Prix on Winfield’s immaculately prepared machines.

    Brookes will be getting his first taste of Classic TT action but there’s not doubt that the combination of his skill and talent and Winfield’s engineering expertise, is one to be feared They will come into this year’s event as one of the pre-race favourites. Indeed, the Sydney rider could well start favourite for his maiden Mountain Course race victory.

    Team owner Roger Winfield commented:


    “We were deeply saddened when John (McGuinness) was ruled out after his crash at the North West 200. Working with John has been a real highlight for our team over the past few years and after some terrible luck we showed what we are capable of last year when he won the race and moved the lap record on considerably Hopefully he will continue to mend well and we look forward to be able to work with him again in the future.”

    He continued:
     
    “The task of replacing the most successful living TT rider has been a difficult one and we would have been forced to miss the event if we couldn’t find a rider of the very highest calibre to fill John’s boots so we were delighted when Josh Brookes agreed to join our team. While not as experienced on the Mountain Course as some of the riders in the field, there is no question about his skill level, and his results impressed everyone at this year’s TT after two years away. We will give Josh a great bike which hopefully he will get a lot of enjoyment out of riding, and we will see where we all end up after a week’s qualifying and four fast laps in the race itself.”

    Josh Brookes added:

    “It’s great to be riding the team Winfield Paton at the Classic TT. The team and the bike clearly have pedigree having won last year’s race and setting a new lap record. It’s going to be a steep learning curve for me with a type of bike I have no experience of riding, but I am looking forward to the challenge and will give it my all to give Roger and the team a good result.”

    SUPERBIKE CHAMPION JOSH BROOKES TO MAKE CLASSIC TT PRESENTED BY BENNETTS DEBUT ON BOARD ROTARY NORTON

     


    2015 British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes has been confirmed to compete at the 2017 Classic TT presented by Bennetts.
    Brookes, fresh from a highly successful campaign at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races, will make his debut in the August event riding for Wiz Norton Racing.
    The Australian ace will ride a 588cc Norton Rotary alongside the team’s regular rider Richard Wilson in the four-lap Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Race.
    Brookes has been testing the bike at the Donington Park, and the Norton produces approximately 120bhp and and is running an original specification from the era when the likes of Robert Dunlop, Trevor Nation and Ron Haslam all enjoyed success on the British-built machine.
    Arguably the Norton’s finest moment, though, came in 1992 when Steve Hislop won the Senior TT after a race long duel with Carl Fogarty - the race voted the greatest ever by race fans in a 2011 survey to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mountain Course. The Scot lapped at 123.50mph, the fastest ever lap by a rotary machine, and this is the lap time that Brookes and the Wiz Norton Racing team are aiming to beat.
    Earlier this year, 34-year old Brookes made his return to the Mountain Course after a three-year gap and took four top twelve finishes, including sixth place on Ryan Farquhar’s IEG International/KMR Kawasaki in the Bennetts Lightweight Race.
    His best performance came in the closing PokerStars Senior Race with another sixth placed finished sixth lapping at 130.883mph on the SG6 Norton to record not only his personal best lap but also the quickest ever by a Norton machine. This followed up the seventh place he had already recorded in the opening RST Superbike Race.
    Wilson has competed on a similar Norton Rotary for Wiz Racing in the last three Superbike Classic TT Races finishing 21st in 2014 and 19th in 2016 despite a lengthy pitstop in the latter that dropped him down the order. His fastest lap came in last year’s race at 114.836mph.

    Speaking about the news, Josh Brookes commented:

    “I’ve always been interested in the Rotary Norton racers from the 1990’s and love the engineering ideas that went into this truly iconic motorcycle. I saw the Wiz Norton guys at an event and got talking to them about the project and one thing led to another and it wasn’t long before I was testing the bike. I’m really excited about making my Classic TT debut on such a fabulous motorcycle and getting some more time on the TT Mountain Course.”

    Classic TT Grandstand tickets are available now starting from as little at £5 with race day tickets priced at £20. VIP experiences, tickets for the Classic TT Party on Saturday 26thAugust the RST Classic TT Legends Dinner on Sunday 27th and the Classic TT Prize giving and Closing Party on Monday 28th August are all available to buy now at iomtt.com or our sales hotline on (00 44) (0) 1624 640011.

    Photocaption: (1) Please credit Pete Morris @ PJ Motorsport – (pjm-photography.co.uk)

    Dave Simmonds + 50er Tohatsu sind richtig.


    Im neuen „Motociclismo d’Epoca“ ist ein hervorragender und ausführlicher Bericht über den 125er Weltmeister von 1969, Dave Simmonds, zu finden.

    Ein Foto zeigt ihn auf der 50er Tohatsu und neben ihm ein anderer Fahrer, der leider nicht namentlich genannt wird. Das mag daran liegen, dass er vor 50 Jahren tödlich verunglückt ist und obwohl es ein riesengroßes Talent war, scheint er in Vergessenheit geraten zu sein. Auch bei den Lesern dieser Website?

    (Rätsel von pierrot)

    Pressemeldung:


    Tradition trifft Moderne - ADAC/VFV Schottenring Classic- GP am 19./20. August 2017

     

    SCHOTTEN (sfä) Mit dem Motto „Tradition trifft Moderne“ könnte man den 29. ADAC/VFV Schottenring Classic- GP am dritten August- Wochenende in Schotten durchaus treffend bezeichnen.
    Bei Hessens größter Veranstaltung im historischen Motorradsport soll dabei das Spektakel, wenn auch auf Sollzeitwertung, auf dem 1, 4 Kilometer langen Stadtkurs im Bereich der Seestraße keinesfalls zu kurz kommen.
    Es geht im Gegensatz zu den Vorjahren zwar weniger weltmeisterlich zu, aber auch die nationalen Champions der Gegenwart werden in der Rennstadt für Furore sorgen und von den Zuschauern gefeiert werden.
    Insbesondere die Seitenwagen- Freunde werden auf ihre Kosten kommen. Auf Initiative von MSC- Vorstandsmitglied Jan Philipp Wagner werden unterhalb des Hoherodskopfs unter anderem der Niederländer Bennie Streuer (Seitenwagen- Weltmeister 2015), Sohn des dreifachen Seitenwagen- Weltmeisters Egbert Streuer, dem Schweizer Adolf Hänni (Dreifacher Seitenwagen- Weltmeister 2010/2011/2013) und dem Mittelhessen Andre Kretzer (Deutscher Meister IDM- Seitenwagen 2013) erwartet.
    Desweiteren freut sich der MSC Rund um Schotten mit seinem Vorsitzenden Wolfgang Wagner- Sachs weitere zahlreiche historische Gespann- und Solofahrer aus Hessen, den angrenzenden Bundesländern und dem benachbarten Ausland in der Rennstadt Schotten begrüßen können. Der Eintritt beträgt für Erwachsene Samstag und Sonntag jeweils 16 Euro, das Wochenendticket 27 Euro, Kinder pro Tag jeweils 5 Euro. Weitere Infos unter www.schottenring.de.


      



    weitere Fotos vom Schottenring GP 2016