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This year, 2017 will see the introduction of the new Suzuki GIXXER Cup class to New Zealand road racing. 

The first demonstration race for the class will be at Manfeild Chris Amon Circuit during the Mini Moto GP race October 16-18 October. This class will be the stepping stone for riders to move into full road racing. Go to "Stop Press" >> "Mini Moto Technical Project" for more information from India where the class is germinating into full bloom.

The main theme of the Mini Moto GP however is  for secondary schools students, male & female, years 11, 12, 13 to engineer, construct and fabricate using their skills that have been taught at their secondary schools to apply using kits of engines, wheels, & body work to design and build their own frame, forks, suspension for the power source chosen from 50cc aircooled 2 stroke, 38cc watercooled 2 stroke, Minibikes and 70cc 4 stroke Motard style Mini bikes, along with 110cc Sidecars.

Then the fruition of their labours is tested at the Mini Moto GP at Manfeild Chris Amon Circuit alongside some 200 plus competitors from secondary schools all over New Zealand. It's a team effort by outstanding individuals.

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The legend of the Haast Eagle - a New Zealand made custom motorcycle to break a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this year. Go to "Stop Press.asp" for more details

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What makes an enduro so much fun - try it. Fresh air, lots of riding on great country.

Angus MacDonald, New Zealand Enduro Champion on his French made Sherco 300 SEF-R Four stroke bike

Go to "MX/Off Road" >> "Moto-Trials, Cross Country, Enduro" for a view of how you can enjoy what nature challenges, enjoying it along the way.

And the finale results of the Motorcycling New Zealand Enduro Championship.

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2017 VMCC Bridgestone Motorcycle Racing Series

Welcome to the home of the 4 round VMCC Bridgestone Motorcycle Racing Series held at Manfeild, starting in April and ending in September.

Go to "Road Racing" >> Vic Club Series >>  Tab for more details & entry form

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Steve Roberts – “Tin Basher”, and a legend. Go to "Stop Press" to read about this remarkable man who accomplishes more than just remarkable motorcycles & cars using just an experienced eye & his own bare hands!

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Not hard to see why Spain has so many top road racers, they provide most of the events for riders to learn then "feed" into GP. Perhaps promoters can't make enough money out of these e vents, but it pays off long term, Spain gets more WC than other countries. Go to Stop Press > FIM & World Championships, it's obvious where the seeds are sown!

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Technical Regulations – MotoGP class Effective Season 2017 Automatic Detection of Tyre Types, go to Stop Press FIM World Champioships for the detail.

And the official entries for >>FIM MXGP/MX2 Motocross World Championships

plus calendar for FIM Cross Country Rallies Commission

and FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships Changes to the Regulations for 2017

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2017 New Zealand Superbike Championships 

PERO SHOWS HIS SUPPORT
FOR MOTORCYCLING


NOVEMBER 29, 2016: High-profile businessman Mike Pero loves motorcycle sport and he is again putting his money where his passion lies.
 
Canterbury man Pero is the patron of motorcycle sports' governing body here, Motorcycling New Zealand, and his highly-recognised and trusted Mike Pero Real Estate company is sponsor of the 2017 New Zealand Superbike Championships' series opener, set for the circuit that carries his name, Mike Pero Motorsport Park (formerly Ruapuna Raceway), on the outskirts of Christchurch on January 7-8.
 
Everyone associates the name Mike Pero with real estate but there was a time when Mike Pero was renowned for "gobbling up real estate" on the race track as a motorcycle road racer.
 
A former top New Zealand motorcycle road racer, Pero returns to his sporting roots by sponsoring the first of four rounds of the 2017 national superbike championships and, when it comes to supporting motorcycle racing, it doesn't get much more personal than this.
 
As well as backing the January meeting, which is also the NZ Grand Prix event, he also has plans to get out on the track himself.
 
"It's a pretty special event for me," said the multi-time former New Zealand motorcycle champion.
 
Pero was six times a national motorcycle road-racing champion – between the years 1977-82, twice in the 350cc and 500cc racing classes, as well as winning two times in the 410cc production series. 
 
Pero set the New Zealand land speed record for a 350cc motorcycles in 1979. The record of 238 km/h still stands today.
 
Pero started his working career as a motorcycle mechanic and had six championships and countless GP wins under his belt by the time he was just 23 years of age. 
 
"It's a great honour to have to be part of the New Zealand Superbikes and Road Race Championships for 2017 and to sponsor the ‘Southern Nationals’ meeting and the New Zealand Grand Prix this season," said Pero.
 
"This year’s event will feature all categories from 125cc to Superbikes and sidecars and each of the nine NZ Championship classes will compete for their respective GP trophies."
 
During the lunch break on each day of the New Zealand Grand Prix in January, Pero will lead a "Legends Parade" around the track on a Yamaha TZ 250. 
 
Joining him will be other former New Zealand Champions, along with historic race machines from the past. There will also be a demonstration scooter race during the lunch breaks on both days.
 
The 2017 NZSBK Calendar:

  1. Round 1 (includes NZ GP); January 7-8, 2017 – Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Motorcycling Canterbury.
  2. Round 2; January 14-15, 2017 – Teretonga, Southland Motorcycle Club.
  3.  Round 3; February 25-26, 2017 – Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo.
  4.  Round 4 (includes NZ TT); March 4-5, 2017 – Hampton Downs, Auckland Motorcycle Club.


Credit: Words by Andy McGechan

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Mini Moto GP 2016, October 10-11-12 at Manfeild Circuit. 

Mini Bike Constructions in Secondary Schools across the country. Go to Stop Press for more details & www.minimotnz.co.nz. for all details & news

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Courtney Duncan from New Zealand takes overall win at the final round of the Womens Wold MX Championship in the Netherlands

Go to MX/SX >> MX Notes for the stories

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YAMAHA FACTORY TRIUMPHS AGAIN AT SUZUKA 8 hours. Go to "Stop Press" >> FIM World Championships" for details.

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A man who has been described as the "best motorcycle street racer in the world" will be coming to New Zealand for the first time later this year.

The world-renowned Cemetery Circuit races, around the closed-off public streets of Whanganui each Boxing Day, will this year feature the rider who has for a number of years been setting alight the equally-famous Isle of Man race circuit, Northern Irishman Michael Dunlop. Go to "Road Racing" for more info

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FIM (Federation International Motorcycliste) and FIVA (Federation of Ancient Vehicles) agree to work together - go to Stop Press > News.asp for the details.

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  Hall of Fame Inductees 2016 - New Zealand's Motorcycle History, go to Stop Press for the stories & photos.

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New Zealand's Ben Townley riding a Suzuki RM450Z having sustained injuries has resigned from the 2016 Series

Surprise of the event for New Zealand was James Scott from Oparau who comes from a family of off road racers. Won a Junior MX title on a Husqvarna, then went to the 150cc Class & smoked everyone in the class at the NZ Junior MX Champs. Making his debut in Europe at the German 150cc Class European Cup, James was 7th in the first race & 5th in the 2nd, to claim 5th overall, a great effort for a Kiwi making a debut in an all Honda 150cc class.

Gut wrenching was our Women's MX New Representative, Courtney Duncan who had just taken the lead in the first WMX race, when she hit a wayward photographer who was on the edge of the actual track as she came over a blind brow. She fell heavily & wasn't able to start i Race 2. Extent of her injuries will be known sometime this week. 

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Celebrating 25 Years Racing Together

2016 will see a season-long celebration of the 25th year of MotoGP™ in its current form as collaboration and consensus between the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme), IRTA (International Road-Racing Teams Association), the MSMA (Motorcycle Sports Manufacturers Association) and Dorna Sports.

Go to "Stop Press" >> "FIM World Championships" for the full story

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SPORT'S GOVERNING BODIES WORKING MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER. Go to "Stop Press" for more information

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 Says it all!

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Paul Treacy from NZ apprentice to World Championship Team super tech man. 

Read under road racing tab, the captivating story of a Kiwi who has been there done that, successfully, paving the way for even world leading manufacturers to goggle at then spend mega dollars doing the same!

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Pacific MCC Garth Spooner Road Race Series, 2016/17

Go to road racing & click on Pacific Club for dates & details.

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Tony Rees leads the F1 Superbike pack around the Cemetery Circuit.

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Geoff Duke Tributes planned for Classic Isle of Man TT - New Zealanders involved with the bike & rider. Go to "Road Racing" for the full story & Geoff Duke photo

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TAUPO MOTORSPORT PARK OFF THE MARKET & renamed the "Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park", Taupo. Go to "Stop Press > Stop Press asp for details

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 Red Bull Romaniacs - The Silver class was dominated by New Zealanders 10 of the first 16 were Kiwis!

Go to "MX/Off Road" for the write up & Silver class top 16 results.

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FIM Enduro World Championship - Creation of a new premier class for 2016.

Go to "MX/Off Road" >> "MotoTrials, Cross Country & Enduro for details

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Proposed law change could have big impact on volunteer-run clubs. Go to Stop Press >> Stop Press.asp for the chilling info about the proposed Health & Safety Bill before Parliament in NZ. It includes YOU

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Hampton Downs Motor race circuit changes hands to Tony Quinn. Go to "Stop Press" for the full story

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Keep up with the major news from the Isle of Man TT road races on this site, click on "Road Racing" 

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What has KiSS got to do with Moto GP or motorcycles? Plenty > Go to "Stop Press" >> FIM World  Championships to find out.

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Glen Wiiliams, elected President of Motorcycling New Zealand at the 2015 Annual General Meeting held at Queenstown May 24.

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The 2015 NZ Cross-country Championships : WHIBLEY RACES AWAY WITH CROSS-COUNTRY TITLE. Go to MX/Off road > MotoTrials/Cross Country & also MX rider reports

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Geoff Duke O.B.E., 29th March 1929 - 1st May 2015 - Isle of Man TT.

The Last lap - Go to "Stop Press" for the story & photos

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Want to own a race track? Taupo Motorsport Park for sale by Tender closing 21 May 2015, Go to "Stop Press" for info. 

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If you want a bit of a giggle, go to our "Visitors Bits" & select "Stories" then scroll down to BSA M20 photo & read the translation of the sign in Hebrew on the bike. Thanks to our visitor.

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Vacancy for Member of the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council

 

Applications are now open for the positions on the Council of the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council, starting July 2015 for a two-year term.  

Go to "Visitors Bits" for more information.

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Mercedes-AMG and MV Agusta announcecooperation  • Cooperation agreement signed on long-term partnership
• Mercedes-AMG to acquire 25% interest in MV Agusta  • Cooperation in area of marketing and sales.

Go to "Road Racing" >> Road Racing & Specialties" for the full announcement

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3 years into the job as Race Director of MotoGP, New Zealander Mike Webb updates us - a great read & sums up what we "don't see" behind these live worldwide televised events. Mike & his team only have one chance "Get it right first time!"

A Kiwi at the top in Moto GP. Go to "Stop Press" >> "A Kiwi at the top of MotoGP" for Mike's story.

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KTM’s Beirer confirms 2017 MotoGP™ plan. Go to "Stop Press" for details

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5th July, 2014 : Just had some sad news : a few days ago Dave Bickers had a serious stroke and he passed away this morning (Sunday UK time). Dave a former two time world 250cc MX Champion, stunt man & really good guy, will leave a great mark in MX history from his fearless riding, enjoyment of life & a man with many admirers, we being some of them. Dave is on the right of this "Half a Trophy" presentation recently in Italy, a New Zealand memory! He visited New Zealand in 1970 to ride our International MX Series as well as train our riders.

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 Mini Moto GP 2015

Another great event is brewing in October at Manfeild for Secondary Schools Technical Course students to become involved . Build your bike, race your bike. Go to "Stop Press" >> Mini Moto Technical project for details

 

Who are these people? All former world MX Champions.Go to "Those were the days" for  more of yesteryear's stories & photos & a surprise presentation!

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Revival & re-union of the European & World Championships Motocross - Imola 1948 -1965

How about this for a trip down memory lane? Join the former MX Champions.

Tim Gibbes was invited to join the Champions as he had competed in this World Championship event in 1958 on an Ariel 500 HS, but regretfully was unable to make the trip. The event, his story & photos go to "Those were the days"

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