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DirtQuake coming to Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling!

Published: Yesterday 15:43

The excitement is already building for the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling on May 18-19.  Tickets are on sale now - save £££s by booking online in advance >>>


DirtQuake is the maddest, wackiest and most bonkers race series in the world and it’s coming to the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling this May!

With grids made up of everything from full-on choppers to mopeds, DirtQuake is a unique and totally madcap race series that has seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years including international rounds in Italy and the USA. The action takes place around a speedway oval and the racing is dirt track in style but with a lot more laughs! It’s a fantastic antidote to ‘serious’ racing and you’ll be able to get a taste of the extra special DirtQuake atmosphere at this year’s Festival.

Dubbed the ‘DirtQuake Showdown, pre-event special’, there will be five races per day at the Festival combining all the classes you’ll see at the 2019 DirtQuake event that’s held at the Arlington Stadium in Sussex on August 9-10.

The Festival also boasts a full two day round of the (slightly more serious) DTRA race series that includes the thrilling and heavyweight Hooligan racing. The DTRA action rolls into Saturday night and as a special bonus for campers who turn up on Friday we’ve also got a full round of youth speedway racing courtesy of the Peterborough Panthers!


Go green at this year's MCN Festival!

Kawasaki have just released details of their test bike fleet for the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling this May and we’re in for a real treat!

From the amazingly capable and nimble Z400 to the big and ballsy H2 SX SE+ the fleet has something for everyone. To get on board one of these 2019 machines all you need to do is turn up on the day with your lid and licence.

Kawasaki have produced some incredible machines over the past couple of years and their 2019 line-up boasts some of the most exciting and technologically advanced bikes on the road.

Try a Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE with MCN

The new Versys 1000 SE is dripping in tech gadgets, including electronically adjustable suspension and even a bluetooth connection, so you can adjust your suspension settings on your phone.

Kawasaki will also be bringing the all-new Z125 to the festival. There will be trained Kawasaki staff on hand to instruct new riders around a secure riding area.

The full Kawasaki test fleet:

Festival campers get first choice!

The bikes on all the test fleets are booked on the day. You simply go to each manufacturer with your licence to sign up for the bike you want to try.

Campers get first access to the show on both days so will be able to avoid the queues and bag the most popular bikes for the weekend. You’ll also get FREE entry to the evening entertainment plus FREE entry to the action taking place in the Indian Live Action Arena on Saturday night.

The Festival is held on May 18-19 at the Peterborough Arena. Weekend passes include a camping pitch and start at just £30 per person when you book in a group of four or more.


Special guest Shane 'Shakey' Byrne comes to the Festival!

Save the date, book your tickets and come and meet the six-time British Superbike champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, who will be interviewed on stage and will be available for signings and selfies one both Saturday and Sunday.

As well as a packed programme of races, a huge club zone and unrivalled opportunities to test ride the latest new bikes in the Black Horse Finance Manufacturer Zone and bag yourself fantastic bargains, it boasts the biggest number of stunt shows ever.

No fewer than five world class stunt acts will thrill the crowds with everything from Steve Colley’s trials show to the fast-paced and high-flying Arenacross FMX crew. The action includes...


Arenacross FMX

Arenacross FMX

See pro MX riders jumping 40ft in the air across a 70ft gap while performing whips, backflips and multi-bike tricks!


Two Brothers Racing Stunt Team

Two Brothers Racing Stunt Team

An adrenaline-fuelled, all- action street bike team that specialises in drifting. Sponsored by Michelin, rider ‘Vandal’ has been the UK street bike freestyle champion three times and has a Guinness world record while ‘Toddy’ was 2016 UK champion, so you can expect the very best.


The Dave Coates stunt show

This is one of the most popular motorcycle stunt shows in the UK and it’s not hard to see why. Dave is the master of bike control and performs everything from high speed burnouts to ‘skiing’ using special skids, off the back of the bike. Dave also performs on a variety of Yamaha machines including a YZF450 quad.

Luke Fox Wall of Death

One of the oldest stunt shows in the world but still one of the best. Luke and the team ride the wall on everything from go karts to the new Indian Scout – plus there’s the thrilling ‘Hell race’ that features three bikes on the wall at the same time!


Steve Colley’s stunt trials show

Steve Colley's stunt trials show

Steve makes controlling a trials bike look effortless, leaping impossible distances from a standstill and even performing tricks without a front wheel. He’s also promising a lot more public participation this year so be prepared to get involved!


Make it a weekend

Camping at the MCN Festival

Camping tickets start from just £30 per person if you book in a group of 4+ (£35pp non-group price) Campers get first dibs on the test ride slots plus free access to the evening venues and live music. There’s so much to see and do you’ll need a whole weekend to fit it all in!


#ride5000miles at the DEVITT MCN Festival of Motorcycling

The #ride5000miles community is so much more than just the Facebook group and this year we want to get more of you together, to meet in person and swap stories over a cuppa or a pint.

With this in mind we’d like to invite you along to the Devitt MCN Festival on May 18-19. If you’re a regular at rallies with friends, enjoy quiet camping weekends with the family or solo adventures, the MCN Festival caters for all.

Following a successful visit last year with their children Amber and Ben, James and Frances Perkins can’t wait for this year’s festival. "The camping was great and had everything we needed," James said.

Breakfast tastes better outside

"The show was fantastic but the best bit for us was the evening entertainment. Some of the bikers were scary-looking dudes but they all made my little lad feel like a star for the night and he ended up with loads of freebies."

Both Martin Buck and Philip Weston are members of the Iron Butt Association and have the date in their diaries already. “Last year was the first time I’d been to the MCN Festival," said BMW R1200GS rider, Martin.

"I loved the camaraderie of camping with my fellow IBA UK riders. We’re already discussing plans for this year. The IBA UK stand will be at the Festival, so I’m intending to be there with friends."

Camping at the MCN Festival

"It’s a great social event with loads to do and see" commented Philip. "I’ll be going this year and camping on the IBA UK club stand. I love being able to experience all aspects of motorcycling. There’s test rides, manufacturer stands and some great flat-track racing."

Martin added: "The evening entertainment was good and having real ale on offer was an unexpected bonus." Meanwhile Phillip shied away from the large jugs of ale, going in search of a much-loved mug of tea.

If you fancy a top weekend under canvas at this year’s MCN Festival, take advantage of our exclusive #ride5000miles offer. If you're not a member yet, head over to the Facebook page and sign up now, it's free and easy to do.

For the great price of £60 for a pair of tickets (the normal advance price is £35 each), not only will you gain access to the action-packed show but you’ll also get the live evening entertainment, a dedicated camping area, a beer on us and a #R5K pin badge.

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