Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
Welcome to MCN's round-up of the bike action at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
- H-D and Arc electric bike
- Saturday's race bikes
- Racing stars at Goodwood
- Riding pillion on a MotoGP Ducati
- Friday's race bikes
- Honda at Goodwood
Final Sunday bike run
Despite a wet final day of the festival, plenty of bikes still made it up the famous hill climb for one final run on Sunday.
MCN caught up with Harley-Davidson and Arc who have both brought cutting-edge electric motorbikes to the festival.
An eclectic mix of past and present racing motorcycles have made their way onto the Goodwood hillclimb circuit for the first run of the day.
Anstey sadly missed the 2018 racing season, as well as all events so far this year, as he focusses on recovering from a long-term illness.
Other competitors taking to the hill also included double World Superbike champion and Triumph ambassador, James Toseland, who returns to Goodwood after an eight year hiatus.
Riding the Triumph Moto2 prototype bike, the former racer spoke to MCN between autographs and said: "I'm riding up the hill this afternoon as well. The bike is a proper piece of kit and it feels like a little superbike compared to the 600s I used to ride.
"The last time I was here was eight years ago and after my retirement I had to go cold turkey, which was difficult. It's nice to come back and still get such a good reception."
These positive sentiments were shared by 23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, who said: "I haven't missed a year since 2004, except 2017 when I had my accident.
"After all those years, I still don't quite know where I'm going! I just try to wheelie and wave and show off to the crowd."
MCN also caught up with 15-time world-champion, Giacomo Agostini, who has been visiting the Goodwood Festival of Speed for over a decade.
"It’s a lovely event which draws in lots of bikes, lots of people and lots of cars and drivers. You get to meet a lot of top riders, and I get to catch up with racers I don’t often see any more.
"Lord March is very happy with me because I always bring some sunny weather with me from Italy, which helps with the crowds."
Check out Dan's experience on the Ducati Desmosidici GP12 - a two-seat MotoGP bike he rode pillion on at Goodwood on Friday. More here.
Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves managed to get on camera this time, and celebrates with a massive wheelie!
Video of the bikes running up the hill in batch one today:
A few of our star testers will be riding bikes up the hillclimb, so keep an eye out for exclusive videos of their runs as the weekend unfolds. It's starts at 10:00am today with Michael Neeves riding a Triumph Moto2 prototype bike...
We'll also be taking a close look at electric motorbikes - a subject that's causing a lot of conversation on our social media channels as fossil fuels fall out of favour.
To start with, take a look at our gallery above of some of the unusual bikes we've spotted so far, and take a listen to this beast below:
First published June 7, 2019
The Goodwood Festival of Speed will be celebrating 60 years of Honda motorcycles in 2019 as the headline biking theme.
The famous hillclimb and motoring get-together will take place this weekend, with Honda getting their own class at the event in order to show off its rich history in motorbikes.
Bikes range from a 1959 TT animal (above) right up to Marc Marquez’s 2018 MotoGP championship-winning missile.
Riders include Mick Doohan (five-time consecutive 500cc series winner) and two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner. MCN columnist John McGuinness won 16 TTs on Hondas, and will be aboard the bike that took him to the first 130mph lap of the Isle of Man course.
Ian Hutchinson will ride his 2010 Senior TT-conquering Padgetts Racing CBR1000RR, and the team will also be sending their current superbike up the hill with Conor Cummins on board.
Sidecar fans are catered for too, with the Birchall brothers atop their LCR unit, fresh from winning this year’s TT on Monday.
With a theme of ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers’ for this year’s Festival of Speed, a number of record-setting bikes will be in attendance, ranging from 1920s Brooklands beasts up to modern competition Grand Prix monsters.
For 2019 road bikes will be on display alongside the Michelin Supercar Paddock, with the BMW S1000RR, Norton V4RR, Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse and Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory already confirmed, alongside the dynamic debut of the £90k Arc Vector – the British-built electric motorbike being crowdfunded right now.
Tickets for Saturday at the Festival of Speed have already sold out, but you can buy tickets for Friday and Sunday here.