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Celebrate Sheene at the British GP

Published: 07 June 2016

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Silverstone comes alive to the sounds and smells of the two-stroke era this September.

Nostalgia will be the order of the day with a new-for-2016 tented village at this year’s OCTO British Grand Prix on September 1-4.

The Yamaha Pro-Am race returns for a second year and the paddock area will be housed in the village along with a display of classic machinery in memory of Barry Sheene. Incredibly 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Sheene winning his first Grand Prix world title, and a large selection of genuine Sheene bikes from that era will form part of a unique display to commemorate Britain’s last premier class world champion.

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“Having machinery from a fantastic era of World Championship racing will complement the event and we’re also hoping to align the machines with some of the riders from that period,” said Event Director Chris Herring.

The Pro-Am race will again feature 24 riders, many of them from the original 1980s race series, and a tented paddock will allow fans to get close to the riders and the legendary Yamaha RD250LC machines, all of which were specially built for last year’s event.

Don’t delay in buying your tickets – the 2016 £65 earlybird weekend ticket offer for the OCTO British Grand Prix will end on June 20 and has proved popular with fans as the MotoGP season hots up towards what is set to be an exciting round at Silverstone.

The four-day festival will, as always, begin with Thursday’s Day of Champions charity event followed by three days of frantic on-track action as Rossi targets his eighth premier class world title, Lorenzo his fourth, and Marquez his third.

Aside from the World Championship action, Silverstone will feature a host of other attractions, with live stage entertainment featuring: The Rebel – Europe’s best Elvis tribute act – on Friday night. Rick Astley, the chart-topping 1980’s star, headlines on Saturday, performing his big hits and songs from his new album, Rick Astley 50. And Stooshe – the all-girl band, will be supporting Rick Astley on Saturday evening.

Turn your British MotoGP into a full weekend festival and book your tickets now 

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