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Racing veteran Robbie Allan told he's 'too old' to race Paris Dakar

A veteran racer has been told by organisers of the Paris Dakar rally that he’s too old to take part in next year’s race.  The experienced 66-year-old Robbie Allen competed in last year’s event and was running competitively when his engine problems forced him to retire from the rally over mid-race distance. However Emilie Pocan, spokesperson for the Paris Dakar ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 18 June 2007

Fogarty charity honour

Carl Fogarty and his wife Michaela have been honoured by the NSPCC for their role in ending child cruelty. The Fogartys will be inducted into the NSPCC’s ‘Hall of Fame’ this week for their outstanding and consistent contribution to the charity. Fogarty receives the honour along with Dame Judi Dench, Noel Edmonds and artist Tracy Emin. Fogarty said: “As parents, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 10 May 2007

MCN reader gets on the grid

MCN reader Melissa Bond won our competition to be Gregorio Lavilla's grid girl at the Silverstone round of British Superbikes. Bennetts ran a competition with MCN to find the grid girl for Ducati rider Gregorio Lavilla. On the day that HM Honda Plant rider Ryuichi Kiyonari  roared to victory, Bond was on hand in the Airwaves Ducati garage to take ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 May 2007

Super breathalyser on the way

A new road-side breathalyser that provides results accurate enough to convict drink-drivers is set to be introduced next year. The Home Office is currently looking for a company to produce the breath tester which is accurate enough to act as evidence, unlike the devices currently in use which are only suitable for screening purposes.

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 April 2007

90 killed or seriously injured on roads each day

A report released this week revealed that 90 people are killed or seriously injured each day on UK roads. The report from road safety campaigners Brake also showed that 30 of the deaths are victim aged 25 or under. Brake is calling for the government to take action to reduce the figure, including introducing road safety as part of the national curriculum ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 April 2007

Full prisons mean killer driver goes free

A driver who caused the death of Matthew Bailey escaped a jail sentence because of overcrowded prisons. Judge Charles Kemp at Lewes Crown Court gave 59 year-old Malcolm Legrys a one year sentence suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work and a 12 month driving ban, rather than imprisonment as recommended by Sentencing Advisory Panel for the crime of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 16 April 2007

Biker boy tops the tonne

One of Britain’s oldest bikers celebrated his 100th birthday today (Monday, March 12, 2007). Normally at the wheel of his Robin Reliant three-wheeler Norman Yeo from Bristol is still as active today as was when he last took any sort of driving test – for driving a tractor, and that was in 1953.

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 12 March 2007

The worst road in the UK

A poll of 4,000 motorists has revealed that the A12 (from Great Yarmouth  to London) is the worst road in the UK. According to those surveyed the road is littered with potholes and is frequently closed due to ongoing botch repairs. The second worst road was the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh followed by the A30 in Cornwall. 85 per ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 06 March 2007

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