What a bank holiday weekend! As promised last week, we’re reporting on the ‘Week on Two-Wheels today instead of yesterday so we could bring you the news from the Classic TT…
But firstly, let’s start with the excitement from Friday night when Triumph pulled the covers off the brand-new, limited-edition Daytona. We’ve already told you about the spec in our round-up from 29th July which you can catch up with here but we can now reveal the price will be £15,765 – not bad considering its limited-edition and the closest thing you’ll get to a Moto2 machine for the road. It features lightweight full carbon fibre bodywork with official Moto2 branding and a unique union jack paint scheme – reminiscent of the testing machines.
Not only was it unveiled, but it was also then ridden around Silverstone on a ‘parade’ lap by non-other than Loris Capirossi, former 250cc World Champion on Sunday. Remember though, there’s only 765 for the US and Canada, and 765 for Europe, Asia and the rest of the world…
Triumph hosted their reveal at Silverstone and the British Grand Prix, and what a Grand Prix it was. Alex Rins’ winning margin of 0.013s is the fourth closest Grand Prix finish of all time, and while we don’t pick sides, it was great to see someone else take it to Marc Marquez and beat him in a straight fight. That was some last lap, last corner move. And it all went off in blazing sunshine, with fans packed into the grandstands and on the banking to watch three spectacular races, while the resurfaced track saw lap records tumble in all three classes.
Racing was also taking place on the Isle of Man over the weekend. Poor weather meant a string of delays, but the Classic TT finally got underway and saw one of racing’s best comeback stories play out. Bruce Anstey was back, following a two-year break from racing as his cancer returned. He missed the Isle of Man TT races, but was back in the saddle for the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT and stormed to victory on his Padgett’s Honda RS250. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. It was made even sweeter for the team, with Anstey’s teammate Davey Todd second.
John McGuinness was also back to winning ways around the Mountain course, as he claimed victory in the Senior Classic TT aboard a Paton. Jamie Coward won the Junior Classic TT, while David Johnson backed up his TT win with victory in the blue riband RST Superbike Classic TT, following Michael Dunlop’s retirement from the lead.
While there was no World Superbike racing, there was official testing. Just ahead of the test, it was announced that Portimao will remain on the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Champion calendar until 2022.
The motorcycle industry is always wanting to get more people onto two wheels, so we were pleased to see that organisers of the UK’s biggest motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live, have launched a ‘bring a non-motorcycling mate’ initiative which will see them give away free tickets to non-motorcyclists who attend the show on Thursday 21 November when accompanied by a motorcycling mate. It’s a great way to show non-riders how great life on two-wheels is – and depending on how nice your mate is, you could just split the cost of the ticket and both get in for half price?! The show runs between 16-24 November at the NEC, Birmingham – more information and the T&C’s are available at www.motorcyclelive.co.uk.
With September just days away, we’re getting ready for the kit manufacturers revealing their new collections for autumn/winter and even more bike launches to come. We’ll be back on Monday –
Log On, Tune in, Ride Out…