The sprint bikes warm up
Some of the finest racing motorcycles ever produced have begun descending on London's Ally Pally for a unique indoor supersprint that's set to fill the London venue with the sounds and smells normally reserved for prestigious racing paddocks.
With a roster of motorcycles from the world of Grand Prix, British Superbikes and national championships set to light up the indoor drag strip, this is a spectacle you really won’t want to miss.
With every machine being supplied by the team behind the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling, a further selection of former racing icons will also be on display in a static capacity, allowing you to get up-close and personal with some of the most exclusive former competition motorbikes on the planet.
These include an ex-John McGuinness Val Moto Triumph Daytona 600, a 1960 Manx Norton and a replica of Max Biaggi’s Yamaha YZR500.
In anticipation of some closely-contended supersprint action, we have compiled stats sheets on each of the motorcycles that will be racing, giving you the ultimate pub stats on each machine before any have even turned a wheel in anger.
Alongside the bikes below, other machines competing will include a 1998 Yamaha YZF750 Cadbury’s Boost replica and a 1967 Honda RC181 500cc four-cylinder Mike Hailwood replica. Insider information on these bikes is set to be added closer to the event.
The sprint bikes
2013 Forward Racing FTR GP113
Ridden by Claudio Corti
Teammate Colin Edwards
Know this Racing alongside double World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards, Claudio Corti competed with the Forward Racing squad in MotoGP for just one full season, bagging 14 points in the process.
2011 FTR Moto2 Honda
Know this Available to purchase for yourself, the FTR Moto2 bike was British frame builders; FTR Moto’s first attempt at a Moto2 machine and was also the first opportunity for the bike buying public to actually own a bike from this class, built bespoke to their requirements. Much like in the Grand Prix paddock, this bike uses a tuned Honda CBR600RR engine and owners of these machines have included Prodigy frontman, Keith Flint.
2008 BSB Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000
Ridden by Tom Sykes
Teammate Atsushi Watanabe
Championship British Superbikes
Know this This was Sykes’ last year in the British Superbike paddock, where he was locked in a five-way battle for the title, eventually won by six-time series champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne. Sykes left the BSB paddock to join the Kawasaki World Superbike squad, with whom he won the 2013 title.
2003 MotoGP Ducati GP3 990cc screamer
Ridden by Loris Capirossi
Teammate Troy Bayliss
Know this Ducati returned to the world of Grand Prix racing in 2003, after the bikes began moving from two to four-stroke at the end of the 2001 season. This particular machine was one of few to use Bridgestone tyres that season and actually won Ducati their first MotoGP race in the modern era at Catalunya.
2002 Yamaha YZR-M1 replica
Know this Although appearing to be an early four-stroke MotoGP bike, ridden by none other than the Roman Emperor, Max Biaggi, this machine actually uses the engine from a Yamaha FZR1000, with a replica chassis and bodywork to mimic the prototype machine.
1997 Triumph Speed Triple (ex Mark Phillips)
Know this Still geared to the Brands Hatch configuration from that year, this race-winning Speed Triple is as close to a genuine race bike as you will find at this event – still baring the same scars as it did from the various offs it enjoyed that year. Everything remains original, including the tyres!
1986 Factory Suzuki 750cc TT Superbike
Know this This bike finished third at the 1986 Isle of Man TT in the Formula One race, ridden by Andy McGladdery. What’s more, this bike also clinched victories in the British Superbike Championship and will be a serious competitor come sprint time.
1968 Factory Yamaha YR-2 350cc (ex Yvon Duhamel)
Know this This is an incredibly rare race bike that is set to fill the Ally Pally with delightful plumes of two-stroke smoke. This machine has spent most of its life in California and actually finished second in the 1968 Daytona 200 behind Cal Rayborn.
1992 Yamaha GTS750
Know this If you follow road racing, then chances are you will have seen this bike turning heads at this year’s Classic TT races. Originally ridden by Steve Linsdell to a best finish of sixth in the F1 class in 1995, this bike hadn’t turned a wheel since 2007 until this year’s classic road races, where it was ridden by Steve’s son, Olie. The machine is a mix-match of two bikes, with a Yamaha YZF750 engine and GTS1000 hub-centre steering unit.
1974 MV Agusta 500cc Triple
Know this Producing 74bhp at 12,500rpm, this is an Italian-built replica of the bike ridden by Giacomo Agostini in the 1970s. Despite looking original, this machine was actually built in 1994 by an engineering firm, who have been licenced by the factory to build a number of copies each year, due to the fact that they are also responsible for the up-keep of the firm’s museum.
1989 Factory Honda RC30
Know this An absolutely beautifully restored Honda RC30 ridden at the 1989 Isle of Man TT races. This machine was ridden by Steve Hislop, with the other bike piloted by 26-time winner Joey Dunlop. This was a week of racing where Hislop also went on to clinch the Senior TT victory.
Allen Millyard Honda SS250 special
Know this This is a 1974 Honda SS50 sports moped with a difference. Out is the 50cc motor and in its place sits a 2006 Kawasaki KX250F twin cam four stroke engine, which actually weighs less than the original learner-friendly lump. The frame has been internally strengthened, with a new tubular swinging arm replacing the original pressed steel item. Wheels, brakes and suspension have also been upgraded to match its 110 mph top speed.
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