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Paeroa delivers the heat: 

Auckland Motorcycle Club

20 February, 2018.

 First run as "Thunder On The Plains" on February 23, 1992 – last Sunday saw the 27th edition of the annual Honda “Battle of the Streets” event, on the iconic “hacksaw” circuit - located within the confines of the streets of the sleepy Thames Valley township of Paeroa.

 Organised and promoted by Paeroa Promotions Trust Inc, the event is a collaboration of the local community - Clubs, Groups and Organisations in the immediate area provide the required volunteer manpower, in return for a share of the profits the event generates.

 And since year one, Auckland Motorcycle Club have partnered the Trust, providing the required administrative & technical resource, and flag marshals, to support the operational requirements of running the actual meeting on-the-day.

 It has been a successful partnership; with the Paeroa Street Race the largest sporting fixture in the Thames Valley, and one of the largest motor sport meetings in New Zealand.

 Last Sunday was no exception, and as Paeroa sweltered in the February sunshine, it was just as hot on-track, with a number of AMCC members in the thick of the action.

 Taupo’s Scott Moir secured the overall Formula Paeroa (F1) title, as well as taking out the “King of the Streets” feature race. However Jay Lawrence and AMCC’s Daniel Mettam provided stern competition, particularly in Race Three where Mettam secured the victory by 0.4 seconds, to secure second overall for the day.

 I34) Daniel Mettam and Jay Lawrence battle for honours in Formula Paeroa.

Additional successes for AMCC members included Toby Summers (Formula Two), Gavin Veltmeyer (SuperLite), and Neil Martin (Pre-82 Post Classic), in what was a varied programme that included classic motorcycles and sidecars, as it always does.

There are few countries in the world where an event such as “Battle of the Streets” is possible, and New Zealand is fortunate to retain it.

Mark your calendar, for the third Sunday in February.


Credit: Philip Kavermann

 Philip Kavermann





Team Suzuki Press Office – September 5.

Suzuki Motorcycle India and JK Tyre Motorsport showcased some brilliant racing at Kari Motor Speedway for the third round of the JK Tyre presents Suzuki Gixxer Cup and Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup at the weekend.

This was the last round at Kari, before the championship heads north to BIC for its fourth and final round in November. It also coincided with the final round for the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup for the 2017 season, as the young Rookie was selected to be sent to Spain for the Road to Rookies Cup Selection.

The riders put down improved lap times aboard the Gixxer SF machines, compared to the previous round as they gain more experience with their motorcycles this season. The weekend was packed with the usual rider briefing, practice sessions, qualifying and two races each for Suzuki Gixxer Cup and Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup.

In the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup, Race 1 was won by Jaden Gunawardena ahead of Lalhruaizela and Lalnunsanga; a thrilling battle, not just for the top-three, but throughout the field during the eight-lap race.

Race 2 had Lalnunsanga and Lalhruaizela fighting for Pole position for the first six laps after which Jaden showed his professional experience and overtook both riders in the last two laps and claimed victory after battling hard with Lalnunsanga and won the race with a margin of 0.4 seconds. At the end, Lalhruaizela came third followed by Varoon.
This round concluded the JK Tyre presents Suzuki Gixxer Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup for 2017 and Lalhruaizela was the lucky and talented young rider who was chosen to represent India in Spain for the qualifying round of the Road to Rookies Cup next month.

The Suzuki Gixxer Cup Race 1 turned out to be the best race of the weekend with Joseph Matthew taking the top step of the podium by a mere 0.01 seconds. Malsawmdawngliana made a phenomenal effort to catch Joseph Matthew but towards the end, the race tipped in Joseph’s favour.

Race 2 of Suzuki Gixxer Cup surprised everyone with last year’s Road To Rookies Winner, Sachin Chaudhary, progressing to the second spot after battling hard with Malsawmdawngliana; who sealed victory by 0.8 seconds and Joseph Matthew third.

Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup Race 1:
Laps: 8
1st: Jaden Gunawardena11:36:318
2nd: Lalhruaizela11:39:108
3rd: Lalnunsanga11:39:768
Best Lap: Jaden Gunawardena 1:24:779 @ 86.857 km/hr Average Speed

Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup Race 2:
Laps: 8
1st: Jaden Gunawardena11:36:996
2nd: Lalnunsanga 11:37:376
3rd: Lalhruaizela 11:37:628
Best Lap: Lalnunsanga 1:24:498 @ 86.772 km/hr Average Speed

Suzuki Gixxer Cup Race 1:
Laps: 10
1st: Joseph Matthew14:17:037
2nd: Malsawmdawngliana 14:17:048
3rd: Lalmawipuia14:20:633
Best Lap: Malsawmdawngliana 1:23:055 @88.211 km/hr Average Speed

Suzuki Gixxer Cup Race 2:
Laps: 10
1st: Malsawmdawngliana 14:15:595
2nd: Sachin Chaudhary14:16:355
3rd: Joseph Matthew 14:18:080
Best Lap: Sachin Chaudhary 1:23:469 @ 88.360 km/hr Average Speed

JK Tyre presents Suzuki Gixxer Cup now hits the North for the fourth and final round at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida on the weekend of November 17–19th.

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Tuesday, 29th August 2017


Bruce Anstey broke the outright lap record twice in today’s Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Race, the final race of the 2017 Isle of Man Classic TT presented by Bennetts but had to settle for second place as Dean Harrison won a thrilling race by sixteen seconds, breaking the race record in the process.

After the race Harrison revealed that he eased off on the last lap and had been feeling unwell:

“I could see that we’d got a lead of thirty seconds so I cruised a bit on the last lap because I’ve been under the weather so I was over the moon to win. The team has been together all year and we had a great pit stop – they are just getting slicker and slicker. I’d like to thank everyone for cheering me on and the marshals for doing a great job all week.”
At the end of the race, Bruce Anstey revealed that he’d had a few visibility problems, which caused him problems:

“I had a bit of dust kicked up so I just took it easy on the first lap and then we lost time in the pits because we have to take on more fuel than the four strokes. However I was pretty determined on the last lap and just thought I’d go for the lap record.”

At the start of the race, riders were advised of a number of damp patches around the course following yesterday’s rain ahead of the delayed Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Race, the final race of the 2017 Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts.

Australian David Johnson the Team York Suzuki was first away from the grandstand at 2.50pm followed by Bruce Anstey, riding the Padgetts Yamaha YZR 500 and Michael Dunlop, the fastest qualifier, on the Team Classic Suzuki machine.

Ahead of the start, Anstey stated that he intended to try and establish an early gap from Michael Dunlop but the Northern Ireland rider was ahead of Anstey, albeit only marginally by less than a second with Johnson a further six seconds back.

However, Dean Harrison, on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki ZXR 750 was the early race leader – almost four seconds ahead of Dunlop on the clock at the opening sector. Horst Saiger, promoted up the order from an original start number of 16 following a strong qualifying session, was fourth on the Greenall Racing Kawasaki, two seconds behind Anstey, with Jamie Coward on the 1992 Mistral Racing Kawasaki completing the top five.

Anstey moved ahead of Dunlop at Ballaugh with Dunlop clearly experiencing problems, dropping to eleventh place by Ramsey with Saiger moving into the final podium place but at the front of the field Harrison extended his lead to over six seconds.  David was leading teammate Gary in a Team York Suzuki battle of the Johnsons for fourth and fifth.

Harrison’s opening lap of 126.387 put him almost eight seconds ahead of second placed rider Bruce Anstey (125.450) with Horst Saiger (123.837) completing the top three a further fourteen seconds back from Anstey.  Jamie Coward’s lap of 123.258 put him in fourth place ahead of David Johnson (123.122) and Gary Johnson (122.549).

However, Michael Dunlop pulled in at the Grandstand at the end of the opening lap. James Hillier on the Oxford Products Ducati was also reported as a retirement at Ballacraine on his second lap when running in 13th place.

However, at the front of the field the top three were unchanged at Glen Helen on the second lap but behind the leading trio Jamie Coward was reported as a retirement at the Vaaish on the run in to Glen Helen moving David and Gary Johnson back into fourth and fifth respectively.

Anstey broke Michael Dunlop’s lap record from last year with his second lap of 126.995 but held the record for less than a minute with Harrison clocking 127.212mph on his second lap, giving the Bradford based rider a lead of almost ten seconds.  The times were all the more remarkable as the leading pair were slowing down coming in to the pits.

Harrison’s Silicone Engineering team gained time on the Padgetts outfit in the pits with a fifty-seven second turn around to Anstey’s time of 1 minute 11 seconds, with the two stroke requiring more fuel than the four strokes, and Harrison’s lead duly grew decisively to almost thirty seconds by Glen Helen on the third lap.

Saiger maintained third place ahead of the Team York Suzuki pair David and Gary Johnson in fourth and fifth with Ivan Lintin on the Kraus Racing Kawasaki in sixth and Dan Kneen, Coward’s Mistral Racing Kawasaki teammate, enjoying a remarkable charge through the field up into seventh from seventeenth at the end of the first lap.

Josh Brookes, riding the Advanced Performance Coastings Rotary Manx Norton, retired at Glen Tramman when running 8th while Gary Johnson was also reported as a retirement at the ‘Mountain Mile’.

Harrison maintained his decisive lead with a third lap of 119.983 to Anstey’s 117.974 with Saiger (118.414) holding third place ahead of David Johnson. New fifth placed man Dan Kneen was almost thirty seconds ahead of fellow Manx rider Conor Cummins on the Padgetts Yamaha with Lintin reported as a retirement at the Mountain Mile.

Harrison’s last lap of 125.970 secured the race in a new race record (124.815/ 1:12.32.923) with Anstey having the consolation of regaining the lap record with a last lap of 127.496 to finish in 124.357/ 1:12.48.971. Horst Saiger held third place to gain his first Mountain Course podium with David Johnson fourth and Dan Kneen completing the top five.

Dan Stewart, riding the Wilcock Consulting Kawasaki was the leading privateer in 11th place.

- Ends


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Saturday, 26th August 2017

Anstey rips up the record books in Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race win

Bruce Anstey shattered a number of records on his way to repeating last year’s victory in this afternoon’s Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race, the second race in the 2017 Isle of Man Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts.

The flying Kiwi started by breaking the outright 250cc lap record on his opening lap, becoming the first rider to do a 250cc lap under 19 minutes which he followed up by becoming the first 250cc rider to post a 120mph lap on his second lap and he also broke his own race record by over a minute.

In the winners enclosure Anstey revealed that the team had been specifically targeting the 120mph lap;

“Clive [Padgett] ’s done brilliantly getting the bike up to spec over the winter. We have been targeting the 120mph lap so it’s great to get it in the bag.  I used Ian as a bit of a target and went flat out for the first two laps.”

In a day when the clock was turned back on the Isle of Man it was clearly a day for the veterans with the top three riders – Anstey, Michael Rutter and Ian Lougher - all having made their Mountain Course debuts in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lougher on the Laylaw Racing Yamaha was first away and the Welshman lead on the road at Glen Helen at the opening checkpoint but Anstey had already taken 9 seconds out of him on the clock with Dan Sayle riding the Steelcote Solutions Yamaha the Kiwi’s nearest challenger, four seconds behind the race leader at Glen Helen.

Anstey moved in front on the road at Ballaugh on the opening lap and extended his race lead over the Mountain section before posting an opening lap of 119.888mph/ 18:52.960, the fastest ever lap by a 250 machine, and the first under the 19 minute barrier – all the more remarkable as it was set from a standing start.

Behind the Kiwi Dan Sayle was trying to give the Padgetts rider some competition but the Manx rider was already 25 seconds down with his opening lap of 117.225 with Michael Rutter on the Red Fox Grinta Racing Ducati, a tribute to his father Tony, completing the top three in 116.903. Lougher (116.657) was maintaining a podium challenge just over two seconds behind Rutter with Ivan Lintin (114.950) completing the top five.

That remained the order on lap 2 with Anstey breaking his own lap one record with a lap of 120.475/ 18:47.438, the first 120mph 250cc lap in the history of the Mountain Course with the New Zealander slowing down for his pit stop.

Anstey’s record breaking opening two laps gave him a lead of over fifty seconds from Dan Sayle (117.740) with Michael Rutter maintaining his podium challenge only five seconds behind Sayle. Lougher and Ivan Lintin held fourth and fifth places respectively going into the third lap.

Dan Sayle was reported as a retirement at Garey Ford near Kerrowmoar which saw Michael Rutter move into second place at Ramsey with Lougher slotting into the final podium position but Anstey’s lead at the end of lap three after a lap of 113.233mph was a decisive seventy seconds ahead of Rutter with Lougher (111.580) a further thirteen seconds back in third place.

That remained the top three at the finish with Anstey taking the race in a new record time of / 117.853/ 1:16:50.072. Rutter’s final lap of 116.662 saw him finish in the runner-up up slot in 115.723/ 1:18.14.929 with fellow veteran Ian Lougher third in 115.665 1:18.17.289. Stuart Hall riding for Martyn Nelson Yamaha (109.416/ 1:22:45.565) was the leading privateer in eighth place.






Team Suzuki Press Office – July 7.

The 2017 Suzuki Gixxer Cup Championship gets underway this weekend at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore, India with a new line-up of enthusiastic young riders ready to make their mark aboard the Suzuki Gixxer SF motorcycle in this popular one-make, single platform series.

This season, the continued evolution of the Gixxer Cup sees Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL) join forces with JK Tyre Motorsport – the trendsetters for Indian Motorsport - as the organisers for the Suzuki Gixxer Cup 2017. After playing a pioneering role in identifying and nurturing India’s top racers for over two decades, JK Motorsport is ready to nurture potential world-class motorcycle racers in partnership with Suzuki Motorcycle India.

And, like last year, the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup is back with the Suzuki Gixxer Cup to give a chance to the young and aspiring riders from India to get a foothold into the international racing arena. This is still the only platform of its kind in India, which provides the selected riders with a chance to participate in the Red Bull Rookies Cup Qualifiers in Spain later this year.

Last season’s Suzuki Gixxer Cup witnessed the first edition of the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup; and after six races, spread across two rounds, Sachin Chaudhary from Ahmedabad was crowned the winner from seven talented, young Indian riders. He went on to represent India in Spain at the qualifiers of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Said Mr. Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, SMIPL: “We are extremely pleased to announce our tie-up with JK Tyre to conduct the Suzuki Gixxer Cup 2017. This partnership between two pioneers can only lead to great things for Indian Motorsport. We are also equally happy to announce our continued partnership with Red Bull for the Road to Rookies Cup for a second year running. We look forward to another exciting year of racing and we are confident that we will raise the bar even higher this time.”

Both the Suzuki Gixxer Cup and the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup will be run as a part of the prestigious 20th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship 2017. While the Road to Rookies Cup will cater to riders between the ages of 12 and 16 years-old, the Suzuki Gixxer Cup will be for riders of 17 years and older.

A new addition this year has been the Rider Selection Program which has enabled Suzuki Gixxer Cup to get the best competitors from all corners of India to come and participate. The program has been held across all four zones of the country to scout for the best riding talent.

The 2017 Suzuki Gixxer Cup Championship will comprise three rounds at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore from July-to-September and the fourth and final round will be at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida in November.

2017 Gixxer Cup Championship Dates:

Round 1: July 7-9th (Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore)
Round 2: August 4-6th (Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore)
Round 3: September 1-3rd (Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore)
Round 4: November 17-19th (Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida)

The second edition of Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup will culminate at the third round at Kari Motor Speedway, as the selected rider will need to head to Spain to participate in the Red Bull Rookies Cup Qualifiers. The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, since its inception in 2007, has grown into one of the most thrilling two-wheel spectacles in the world. Every year, the level of competition has climbed and this year's intake is set to raise the bar yet again for the 11th running of the Cup.

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Press release
21st May 2017




After winning the 24 Heures Motos in April, GMT94 Yamaha secured victory at the 8 Heures of Oschersleben following an epic duel with YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. The two factory-backed Yamahas came in ahead of private team Maco Racing Team, also on a Yamaha.


GMT94 Yamaha chalked up its third consecutive win in Germany, crossing the finish line at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben less than 31 seconds ahead of YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. The two factory-backed R1 bikes once again staged a thrilling duel throughout the race. GMT94 Yamaha ended up the winner despite a stop-and-go for non-compliance with the refuelling procedure at the tail end of the race. But the penalty galvanized Christophe Guyot’s riders: David Checa set a new lap record of 1’26.814.

David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio are an unbeatable trio right now on their Dunlop-shod R1. The Bridgestone-backed YART Yamaha Official EWC Team had no choice but to bow to their rivals’ sheer determination, all the more so since Broc Parkes and Kohta Nozane covered practically all the stints between them. Marvin Fritz, who had sustained injuries at Assen as well as during testing in Oschersleben, was unable to shore up YART’s chances of winning. “GMT94 Yamaha were stronger than us today,” Broc Parkes and Kohta Nozane admitted.

The duel for third place
Another duel played out – for third place – between Bolliger Team Switzerland and Maco Racing Team. The two machines, both on the verge of running out of fuel, chose two different strategies a few minutes from the finishing line. Kawasaki Bolliger opted for a pit stop, whereas Maco Racing kept on going, attempting to eke out its last few drops of fuel. Their bet paid off for Greg Junod, Marko Jerman and Anthony Dos Santos, who took Maco Racing Team’s Yamaha to the third step of the podium.

After starting the race from the bottom of the standings because of a tyre puncture, F.C.C. TSR Honda began a climb back up, and finished in 5th place. Gregg Black and Josh Hook rode the Honda #5 for practically the entire 8 hours, as Damian Cudlin was hampered by back pain. The Japanese team’s grit in Germany won them the Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy.

An out-and-out battle in the Superstock class
After battling for the Superstock podium from start to finish, Moto Ain CRT (Yamaha) won its trial of strength with Völpker NRT48 Schubert Motors by ERC despite being hit with a one-minute penalty towards the end of the race because of faulty headlamps. Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences won third place in the Superstock class despite a starting grid crash.

The championship gets harder to call
These three Superstock teams came in ahead of Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, which crossed the finish line ninth. Vincent Philippe got the holeshot, then took a spill early on in the race. But Suzuki Endurance Racing Team still tops the FIM EWC world championship rankings, with a seven-point lead over GMT94 Yamaha.

Honda Endurance Racing – 10th past the chequered flag – had a transmission ring gear issue. Another Superstock trio – Tati Team Beaujolais Racing, Ecurie Chrono Sport and GERT56 HMT by RS Speedbikes – finished 11th to 13th, ahead of Team April Moto Motors Events. Gregory Leblanc and Gregory Fastré ran the Honda #50 as a two-man team, since the injured Mathieu Lagrive was unfit to race.

And, after scoring a remarkable third place on the starting grid, the BMW-mounted Team LRP Poland withdrew following Lukas Trautmann’s spectacular crash.

Next race on the calendar: the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring on Saturday 24 June.



Press release
16th April 2017




GMT94 Yamaha won the 24 Heures Motos after a relentless battle against YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. Team SRC Kawasaki rounded off a podium with three tyre manufacturers represented: Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli. 74,500 spectators watched the suspenseful race on the Bugatti circuit.


GMT94 Yamaha pulled off an exceptional performance after wresting the lead in the race at 11am today. David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio completed 860 laps, finishing with a less-than-20s lead over Broc Parkes, Marvin Fritz and Kohta Nozane for the YART Yamaha Official EWC Team. Yamaha last won at Le Mans in 2009 with YART, and in 2005 with GMT94.

This 40th edition of the 24 Heures Motos will be remembered for the amazing performance and endurance of the two factory-backed Yamaha squads, who dominated the proceedings for nearly the entire duration of the race. After a lengthy spell in the lead, YART Yamaha Official EWC Team gave in to insistent pressure from GMT94 Yamaha in the late stages of the race.

Their unstinting battle enabled the two teams to finish 12 laps ahead of Team SRC Kawasaki, who placed 3rd at this edition of the 24 Heures Motos, with Randy de Puniet, Fabien Foret and Mathieu Gines in the saddle. After being slowed down by a crash and a few technical issues, SRC Kawasaki finished with a narrow 45-second lead over Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (Vincent Philippe, Etienne Masson and Alex Cudlin), also slowed by crashes. SERT, the winner of the Bol d’Or, the first round of the FIM EWC 2016-2017, still tops the world championship standings ahead of Team SRC Kawasaki and GMT94 Yamaha.

F.C.C. TSR Honda ran a flawless race and finished 5th. Though the excellent performance of riders Gregg Black, Damian Cudlin and Arturo Tizon was somewhat overshadowed by the front-end duels, it enables the squad to remain in the running for the title as current 4th place holder in the overall standings.

Tati Team Beaujolais Racing the winner in Superstock
With a 6th place finish, Tati Team Beaujolais Racing was the top Superstock. Julien Enjolras, Dylan Buisson and Kevin Denis ran a faultless race on their Kawasaki ZX-10R. They also won the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy, which netted them a €5,000 prize. With a 7th place finish, the 2nd Superstock, Moto Ain CRT, won the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy runner-up prize. After leading the category for a good portion of the race, Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences lost ground because of an oil leak problem and finished 3rd Superstock and 9th overall behind Maco Racing Team. Another Superstock team, AM Moto Racing, rounded off the Top 10.

Handicapped from the start by a chain problem, Honda Endurance Racing finished 11th, ahead of Japanese team Eva RT Webike Trick Star. Another favourite, Tecmas BMW, also had a rocky time of it, and finished 28th.

A record-breaking edition
The 40th edition of the race in the presence of Susumu Yamashita, Chairman of Mobilityland and owner of the Suzuka circuit, saw a few records smashed. Randy de Puniet broke the lap record with a 1’36.408 lap. The race also witnessed a new record distance of 860 laps in 24 hours, and the narrowest gap of its history at the finish (19s 819): proof of the sheer intensity of Endurance racing.

The frenzied pace was hard on riders and bikes alike, and quite a few threw in the towel. After an excellent start in the Top 10, Bolliger Team Switzerland dropped back, then withdrew altogether with an electronics problem on Sunday morning, while Team April Moto Motors Events quit the race in the early evening of Saturday when the gearbox on its Honda CBR1000RR broke.

Mechanical breakdowns also forced EVO IVRacing BMW CSEU, WSB Endurance, Ecurie Chrono Sport and Starteam 67 to withdraw.

Next FIM EWC race: the 8 Hours of Oschersleben on 20 May.




Press release
14th April 2017




The 24 Heures Motos and Suzuka 8 Hours are celebrating 40 years of shared history at Le Mans. A Japanese delegation was officially welcomed to Le Mans this weekend.


On the initiative of FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, a delegation led by Susumu Yamashita, Chairman of Mobilityland and owner of the Suzuka circuit, was officially welcomed to Le Mans by Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, to celebrate 40 years of shared history.

Susumu Yamashita will flag off the 40th edition of the 24 Heures Motos on the Bugatti circuit at 3pm tomorrow. The delegation’s presence is a strong symbol of the passion for racing that is common to ACO and Mobilityland, and evokes the 40th edition of the Suzuka 8 Hours, the grand finale of the FIM EWC 2016-2017 season, to be flagged off on the Japanese circuit on 30 July.

Pierre Fillon and Susumu Yamashita, who firmly believe in the future prospects of Endurance, praised the strengthening of the close connection between the two events: pillars of racing that have served to keep the FIM EWC on a sound footing. Their rapprochement signals the beginning of a new era for Endurance, and enhances the sport’s increasingly international slant.

The revised race calendar, with the Suzuka 8 Hours now the final race of the season, has sent a strong and positive message to Japanese manufacturers and teams.

Susumu Yamashita highlighted the international renown of the 24 Heures Motos, and reiterated his commitment to expanding the FIM EWC championship, particularly in Asia.

FIM CEO, Steve Aeschlimann lauded the very positive evolution over the past two years, and the quality of the partnerships between the various players of the FIM EWC championship.




CAPTION: Whakatane's Tony Rees (Honda CBR1000RR), most certainly the "King of Paeroa". Photo by Andy McGechan,


FEBRUARY 20, 2017: It was the same old story with Bay of Plenty's Tony Rees at the weekend – he's thoroughly predictable, meticulous and safe – but you could never call this man boring, because he's also ridiculously fast.


On Sunday, the 49-year-old Honda ace added yet another major victory to his curriculum vitae when he won the iconic Paeroa Battle of the Streets event for the umpteenth time, making the 2017 road-racing season a very special one for him, and there is still plenty more racing yet to be done.


The Whakatane man first won the premier title at the Battle of the Streets event at Paeroa more than 20 years ago and then, at age 46, he celebrated his eighth big win there when he clinched the trophy at the 23rd annual running of the popular event in 2014 – the event skipped a beat in 2015 when persistent rain forced the organisers to abandon the day, the first time that had been done in the entire history of the event.


But he won there again last year and now the Honda star has made it win number ten, the most wins by any one rider at the popular annual event.


Rees won took his Honda CBR1000RR to win both the Formula One races on Sunday – each time finishing ahead of Taupo's Scott Moir and Glen Eden's Daniel Mettam – and Rees then backed that up with a start-to-finish win in the 10-lap King of the Streets feature race as well, making it an historic tenth time he's won the event's signature race.


Runner-up in that feature race was Manukau's Toby Summers, crossing the finish line more than 6.5 seconds behind Rees, with Waimauku's Ray Clee finishing third, a further seven seconds behind.


Rees wasn't quite able to break the lap record around Paeroa's fabled hacksaw-shaped circuit, set last year at 44.427 seconds, but that's okay because it was a record he owns anyway. Rees' best time this year was 44.90s (set while winning the second of the two Formula One races), not too far off his own record.


Although the Rees name topped the leader board, that wasn't the only time it featured at the weekend, with Rees' youngest son, Damon (Honda CBR600RR), finishing sixth in the feature race and his eldest son, Mitch (Honda CBR100RR), finishing 11th.


Making his Paeroa debut, the 23-year-old Mitch impressed by finishing fifth overall in the Formula One battles and 21-year-old Damon, in only his second visit to Paeroa, finished overall runner-up in the 600cc formula two class battles.


"I got a terrible start in the first F1 race," Tony Rees said. "But I managed to get past Scotty Moir on about lap four and held on to take the win. It was a lot closer in the second F1 race, with Scotty pushing me all the way.


"In the feature race I got a good start and that was that really. It was a long way back to the second-placed rider and I didn't really know who that was until afterwards."


Meanwhile, Whanganui's Richie Dibben (Honda CRF450) was unstoppable in the super motard races at Paeroa, winning both his outings comfortably and setting a new track record of 47.699 seconds in the process.


Other class winners at Paeroa were Te Awamutu's David Hall (formula two); Whanganui's Ashley Payne (formula three); Auckland's Mark Halls (classics, senior); Neville Bull (classics, junior); Neil Martin (post classics, pre 1982); Auckland's Paul Pavletich (post classics, pre 1989); Whanganui's Barry Smith and Tracey Bryan (sidecars); Whanganui's Jason Rees and Bryce Rose (post classic sidecars).


The riders now look ahead to the second half of the New Zealand Superbike Championships, the four-round series resuming with round three set for the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park circuit, on the outskirts of Taupo, this coming weekend (February 25-26), with the fourth and final round due at Hampton Downs, near Meremere, on the weekend of March 4-5.


The first two rounds of this series were completed in the South Island in January and Tony Rees emerged from those early tussles with an 18-point lead over fellow Honda Alastair Hoogenboezem, of Christchurch.


It is worth noting also that, earlier this season, Tony Rees won the Formula One class in the three-round pre-nationals Suzuki Series, with Damon Rees winning the 600cc F2/Supersport class in that same competition.


Is there no stopping the Rees family?


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


December, 2016 Rees Family Dominate 2016 Suzuki Series

 Tony Rees made a clean sweep in front of a massive crowd at Whanganui on Boxing Day where he took Pole and won all three premier races including the Robert Holden Memorial race.

 The Whakatane-based Honda Rider Insurance CBR1000RR rider had to work for his prizemoney in each F1 Superbike race after fast-starting Taupo rider Scott Moir lead the hungry pack of superbike racers on his Penny Homes Suzuki GSXR1000 during the opening laps of all three races.


Riding better than ever, Rees enjoyed three wins from six starts on his way to securing his first Suzuki Series title. The other series race winners were defending champion Sloan Frost, at Taupo, and Horst Saiger who won both heats at Manfeild. But the last time Rees was beaten around the famous Cemetery Circuit was in 2014 when Moir won race two, but there was no way 49 year old Tony Rees was going to let anyone stand in the way in 2016.


Going into Whanganui Sloan Frost was leading the Suzuki Series by nine points however a jump start in the opening race brought a 20 second penalty which dropped the disappointed Fujitsu TSS Red Baron Suzuki NZ GSXR1000 rider down the finishing order, to ninth.


Team RCM Suzuki GSXR1000 mounted Daniel Mettam, of Auckland, was having the ride of his life when he passed Moir for second on lap three, however Liechtenstein racer Horst Saiger slotted his Kawasaki into second three laps later to make an exciting finishing order of Rees, Saiger, and a close-finishing Mettam, Moir and Toby Summers on his Barnes Jenkins Insurance GSXR1000.


Rees single point for Pole position and 25 points for the race win edged him closer to the title, although the result lifted Saiger into the Suzuki Series lead from Rees heading into the final race.


Once again Moir took the holeshot in race two although it wasn't long before Rees muscled his way to the front and carried on for his second victory of the day - and the Suzuki Series win. Moir held onto the back of Rees throughout the race for second, and Frost won a tough race-long battle for third with Mettam, Summers and Saiger to cross the line in that order.


Northern Irishman Michael Dunlop persevered with ongoing mechanical issues with his Suzuki NZ GSXR1000 throughout the day which meant the 13-time Isle of Man TT winner was unable to show his true potential at the Cemetery Circuit.


Red Devil Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R mounted Saiger rode his best during the Robert Holden Memorial where he almost matched Rees in pace and made a last lap passing attempt which was aggressively held off by Rees, who later said he really wanted that win, and apologised. The finishing order was Rees, Saiger, Moir, Summers and Hastings Suzuki racer Jamie Maindonald. 23 year old Mitch Rees was eighth in the same race, while Damon Rees, 21, was tenth after running off the track early on.


Tony Rees win in the Robert Holden Memorial was his seventh feature race victory at Whanganui - 26 years after his first win in 1990. Stamping his authority at Whanganui he set a new outright lap record of 49.052 seconds, ending Andrew Stroud's record set in 2006.


Tony Rees says "I didn't get the best start in each race so I had to pass somebody, which made it more exciting. We ran the same Pirelli tyres all day, normally we'd put a new set for qualifying, so we ran the same tyre in qualifying, practice, and all three races. Winning the Robert Holden Memorial means a lot because we were mates. It's a long time ago now but he gave me opportunities and he gave me some really good close racing."


Keeping the family trophy cabinet full, Tony Rees 21 year old son, Damon Rees, won the F2 600 Suzuki Series on his Honda Rider Insurance CBR600RR after finishing a steady third in both races. Wellington riders Shane Richardson (Wainui Joinery Kawasaki ZX-6R) and Jay Lawrence (Carl Cox Motorsport GSXR600) won a hectic race each, while a fast-riding David Hall crossed the line fourth in each leg on his PJ Racing & Wrecking GSXR600, behind Damon Rees.


To win the title Damon Rees had to finish third in each race although, like his father, the youngest Rees also had to work to capture his first major championship. "I finished third in race one which was all I needed to do, but in the second race I screwed up going into turn one and went off." Rees explains. "I came back from last and I just got into third place on the very last lap! I was pretty wrecked by the end as I had to really bust it, but it was a pretty cool race as I had to work for it."


Richardson finished a fighting second in the championship, ahead of improving 19 year old Wellingtonian Rogan Chandler on his TSS Red Baron Triumph 675, a rider to watch for the future.


In the F3 class, Leigh Tidman from Taumarunui had repaired his good engine and fitted it to his Jilesen Contractors RS450, and looked set to be a worthy challenger to Wellington's Glen Skachill around the tight 1.6080km street circuit. The pair enjoyed some good tussles in both races however Skachill was able to keep his i-Tools Honda NSR300 in front of Tidman during the opening leg.


A three-time Suzuki Series F2 600 winner (2009, 2010 & 2011), Skachill had to accept third behind Tidman during race two, but neither rider would had guessed the pair of them would be trumped by Whanganui local Ashley Payne, who thoroughly deserved his victory. Skachill won the F3 Suzuki Series with 147 points ahead of Tidman's 132 and defending Suzuki Series F3 champion Aucklander Gavin Veltmeyer with 112 points, gained on his GVR645.


The expected title challenge between the John Holden/Robbie Shorter pair and the Barry Smith/Tracey Bryan team for the F1 Sidecar races didn't eventuate, and fans were disappointed after five-time world sidecar champion Tim Reeves sidecar suffered a broken chassis after a few short laps around the gruelling street circuit during first practice. With no replacement parts available in New Zealand there was no possibility to repair the Carl Cox Motorsport F1 'chair' which left UK-based Reeves and passenger Mark Wilkes as the most well-travelled spectators for the day.


The F1 Sidecar stars of the day turned out to be ex Whanganui but now Auckland-based Adam Unsworth and Stu Dawe, who made a welcome Suzuki Series return on their Eni Windle F1 sidecar to win both races after some close shaves with Holden and Shorter. Unsworth and Dawe had a nasty crash during round one practice at Taupo and only made the decision to race, still slightly injured, a few days before Boxing Day.

Barry Smith and Tracey Bryan were fourth in both races on their fast Carl Cox Motorsport Suzuki F2 'chair', which left the way clear for Holden and Shorter to wrap up the F1 Sidecar Suzuki Series by nine points as the UK/NZ pair brought their Barnes Racing LCR Honda 600 F2 home in second position in each leg.


Holden admitted after the race the extra power of a 1000cc F1 sidecar would have been a better bet to win. "My time in NZ has been brilliant, the people and the country are fantastic - that's the job done!" Holden says. "We couldn't have wanted anything better and the support I've had from Robbie Shorter and the team is mega. After we got Pole and with Tim Reeves unfortunately unable to race I was hoping for some wins but we struggled a little bit against that one thousand [Unsworth/Dawe], which had had the legs on me and he was defending quite well on every corner.


"I'd love to come back, it's just about funding as it costs a lot to get over here but we'll have to see what we can do."


The Masterton/Whanganui duo of Spike Taylor and Craig Pedersen rode extraordinarily well on their Mobility Wairarapa LCR GSXR1000 rig to finish third on each occasion in one of the biggest sidecar fields for some time.


Glen Skachill brought his Bimota YB8 home first in all six Suzuki Series Post Classic Senior races to win the title by 37 points from Eddie Kattenburg. Veteran Paul Pavletich made a welcome return to the Cemetery Circuit on his Yamaha OW01 750 after two decades away and placed second and fourth in each heat, respectively. Jay Lawrence was fourth and then second on his Carl Cox Motorsport GSX1100 which provided enough points to take third in the title chase.


Australian Dean Oughtred rode his Carl Cox Motorsport GSXR1100 to seventh and sixth positions during his very first street race.


Shane Richardson won both Post Classic Pre ’89 junior races ahead of Dean Bentley on a Yamaha FZR600. Aucklander Scott Findlay won the Junior series on his Kawasaki ZXR400 by two points from Bentley.


Richard Dibben won both Supermoto races on his Tyresheild 450 Supermoto bike by a country mile however the ever consistent Duncan Hart took his Mimico Yamaha YZF450 to the Suzuki Series Supermoto title after gaining a pair of hard fought second places on Boxing Day. Dibben won five of the six series races for second in the championship, ahead of Ben Dowman who rode very well at Whanganui with two third placings.


Sanson rider Mark Perry won the two legs of the BEARS senior category in style on his Aprilia V-twin ahead of Jason Bardell each time, with Ashton Hughes third in race one and Rob Whittall third in the second stanza. Colin MacGregor of Tauranga won the series for his BMW S1000RR team, while Whanganui rider Bardell was second on a similar machine.


Ashton Hughes was first across the line in both BEARS junior races on his Triumph Daytona 675. The Bulls rider won the junior class handsomely from Jaden Galway by 27 points.


Rogan Chandler won the two Classic Solo races on a Norton Commando, while the Bryan Stent/Tracey Bryan duo and the Jason Rees/Bryce Rose combination shared the winners spoils in the Classic Pre '82 sidecar races.


The two $2,995 Suzuki UK110 scooter winners are Cheryl Butters (Early Bird ticket draw), and Craig Williams of Hamilton who was present at the draw.


2016 Suzuki Series results from the Cemetery Circuit at Whanganui, Monday December 26

Suzuki Formula 1 Superbike, race 1: Tony Rees (Whakatane, Honda Rider Insurance CBR1000RR), 1; Horst Saiger (Liechtenstein, Red Devil Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R), 2; Daniel Mettam (Auckland, Team RCM Suzuki GSXR1000), 3; Scott Moir (Taupo, Penny Homes Suzuki GSXR1000), 4; Toby Summers (Auckland, Barnes Jenkins Insurance GSXR1000), 5.

Formula 1 Superbike, race 2: Rees, 1; Moir, 2; Sloan Frost, (Wellington, Fujitsu TSS Red Baron Suzuki NZ GSXR1000), 3; Mettam, 4; Summers, 5.

F1 Superbike final series points: Rees, 134; Saiger, 125; Frost, 123; Moir, 107; Mettam, 101.

Frost, 91; Saiger, 88; Rees, 83; Moir, 67; Mettam, 63.


Robert Holden Memorial feature: Tony Rees, 1; Horst Saiger, Scott Moir, 3; Toby Summers, 4; Jamie Maindonald (Hastings, Suzuki GSXR1000), 5.


Pirelli Formula 2, race 1: Shane Richardson (Wainuiomata, Wainui Joinery Kawasaki ZX-6R), 1; Jay Lawrence (Lower Hutt, Carl Cox Motorsport GSXR600), 2; Damon Rees (Whakatane, Honda Rider Insurance CBR600RR), 3; David Hall (Te Awamutu, PJ Racing & Wrecking GSXR600), 4; Sam Willacy (Whanganui, Pirelli Suzuki GSXR600), 5.

Formula 2, race 2: Lawrence, 1; Richardson, 2; Rees, 3; Hall, 4; Rogan Chandler (Wellington, TSS Red Baron Triumph 675), 5.

Formula 2 final series points: Damon Rees, 141; Richardson, 137; Chandler, 93; Lawrence, 90; Hall, 90.


Bike Torque Formula 3, race 1: Glen Skachill (Wellington, i-Tools Honda NSR300), 1; Leigh Tidman (Taumarunui, Jilesen Contractors RS450), 2; Ashley Payne (Whanganui, GSXR440), 3; Gavin Veltmeyer (Auckland, Coleman’s Suzuki GVR645), 4; Richard Markham-Barrett (Nikau Valley, i-Tools KTM800), 5.

Formula 3, race 2; Payne, 1; Tidman, 2; Skachill, 3; Markham-Barrett, 4; Veltmeyer, 5.

Formula 3 final series points: Skachill, 147, Tidman, 132; Veltmeyer, 112; Kattenburg, 95; Augustine, 89.


Collegiate Quality Inn F1 Sidecars race 1: Adam Unsworth/Stu Dawe (Auckland, Eni Windle F1), 1; John Holden/Robbie Shorter (UK/NZ, Barnes Racing LCR Honda 600), 2; Spike Taylor/Craig Pedersen (Masterton, Mobility Wairarapa LCR GSXR1000), 3; Barry Smith/Tracey Bryan (Te Puke/Tauranga, Carl Cox Motorsport Suzuki F2), 4; Chris Lawrance/Richard Lawrance (Warkworth, Shorai Anderson R1), 5.

F1 Sidecars race 2: Unsworth/Dawe, 1; Holden/Shorter, 2; Taylor/Pedersen, 3; Smith/Bryan, 4; Corey Winter/Kieran Whitham (Whanganui, Total Span DMR600), 5.

F1 Sidecars final series points: Holden/Shorter, 139; Smith/Bryan, 130; Chris Lawrance/Richard Lawrance, 103; Taylor/Pedersen, 94; Ian Staples/James O'Donnell (Whanganui, Staples 1000), 87.


Edmonds Painting Supermoto race 1: Richard Dibben (Whanganui, Tyresheild 450), 1; Duncan Hart (Tauranga, Mimico Yamaha YZF450), 2; Ben Dowman (Whanganui, Honda CRF450), 3; Jono Hamlin (Cambridge, Dyno Lab RMZ450), 4; Aden Brown (Wanganui, Harvey Round Motors RMZ450), 5.

Supermoto race 2: Dibben, 1; Hart, 2; Dowman, 3; Brown, 4; Hamlin, 5.

Supermoto final series points: Hart 124; Dibben, 115.5; Dowman, 103; Ashton Hughes (Bulls, KTM 450SX-F), 79; Hamlin, 67.


Lyndsay Tait & Associates Post Classic Pre ’89 Senior race 1: Glen Skachill (Wellington, i-Tools Bimota YB8), 1; Paul Pavletich (Auckland, ProRider Yamaha OW01 750), 2; Eddie Kattenberg (Napier, Fast Eddie's Cycles Bimota YB8), 3; Jay Lawrence (Lower Hutt, Carl Cox Motorsport GSX1100), 4; Sean Donnelly (Paraparaumu, Kawasaki Z1000R), 5.

Post Classic Pre ’89 Senior race 2: Skachill, 1; Lawrence, 2; Shane Richardson (Wainuiomata, Engrich Engineering NSRFT570), 3; Pavletich, 4; Kattenberg, 5.

Post Classic Pre ’89 Senior final series points: Skachill, 153; Kattenberg, 116; Lawrence, 102; Gian Louie (Hastings, Suzuki GSXR1100) & Glen Eggleton (Rotorua, Yamaha FZR1000), 89=.


Lyndsay Tait & Associates Post Classic Junior race 1: Shane Richardson (Wainuiomata, Engrich Engineering NSRFT570), 1; Dean Bentley (Lower Hutt, Yamaha FZR600), 2; Scott Findlay (Auckland, Kawasaki ZXR400), 3; Tony Sklenars (Whanganui, Honda CBR400RR), 4; Malcolm McDonald (Whanganui, Kawasaki ZX4), 5.

Post Classic Junior race 2: Richardson, 1; Bentley, 2; Sklenars, 3; Findlay, 4; McDonald, 5.

Post Classic Junior final series points: Findlay, 137; Bentley, 135; Sklenars, 106; Steven Clarke (Tauranga, Honda CBR600), 75; Steven Gregg (Masterton, Honda CBR600), 72.


Q-west Boat Builders BEARS senior race 1: Mark Perry (Sanson, Aprilia), 1; Jason Bardell (Whanganui, BMW S1000RR), 2; Colin MacGregor (Tauranga, BMW S1000RR), 3; Ashton Hughes (Bulls, Triumph Daytona 675), 4; Dwayne Bishop (Whanganui, Aprilia RSV4), 5.

BEARS senior race 2: Perry, 1; Bardell, 2; Rob Whittall (Raglan, Aprilia RSV4), 3; Hughes, 4; Jamie Galway (Masterton, Triumph Daytona 675), 5.

BEARS senior final series points: MacGregor, 130; Bardell, 117; Nick Southerwood (Auckland, BMW S1000RR) & Bishop, 103= ; Shaun Manson (Whanganui, BMW HP4S), 94.


Q-west Boat Builders BEARS junior race 1: Ashton Hughes (Bulls, Triumph Daytona 675), 1; Jamie Galway (Masterton, Triumph Daytona 675), 2; Jaden Galway (Masterton, Triumph Daytona 675), 3; Richard Markham-Barrett (Nikau Valley, i-Tools KTM800), 4; Raymond Herdman (Palmerston North, Ducati 749), 5.

BEARS junior race 2: Hughes, 1; Jamie Galway, 2; Jaden Galway, 3; Markham-Barrett, 4; Herdman, 5.

BEARS junior final series points: Hughes, 153; Jaden Galway, 126; Herdman, 104; Paul McLean (Hawera, Triumph Daytona 675), 95; Daniel McGoverin (Wellington, Triumph Daytona 675), 74



Words by Terry Stevenson

Photos by Craig Dawson & Terry Stevenson




Info on the Mike Pero Southern Classic:


The most exotic collection of two-stroke race machinery ever assembled in New Zealand will be rasping their away around the Levels circuit during the Mike Pero Real Estate Southern Classic Festival in December.

Two of the bikes are absolute rarities, never previously seen in New Zealand.

Former Australian GP and superbike star Kevin Magee will be reunited with the 1992 YZR500 factory GP bike he raced in Japan. The machine is now owned by Tom Dermody, of DMR Motorsport, in Brisbane.

Fellow Australian and former champion Steve Trinder is making his debut on his recently bought ex Pat Hennen Suzuki XR23. A 652cc variant of the factory 500cc GP bikes, Trinder's XR23 is one of a rare handful that has survived from the late 1970s.

In addition, the Christchurch-based classic and post classic racing club CAMS (Classic Action Motorcycle Sport)has attracted a host of other star bikes and riders.

CAMS president Dave Reesby is excited about the special guest line-up coming for the Mike Pero Southern Classic weekend on December 2-4.

“We have Kiwi grand prix privateer, Northwest 200 and Battle of the Twins winner Stu Avant returning home from Australia along with his immaculate Suzuki RGB500, which will be ridden by another kiwi legend IOM TT, World TTF1 and Suzuka 8 Hour winning Graeme Crosby.

“As well, Australian-based based Irish rider and Formula Oz champ Paul Byrne will be riding a Tom Dermody McIntosh Suzuki, and Gary Middleton is bringing his ex Team Kawasaki Australia Greg Hansford KR750, plus a Kawasaki H2R for good measure.

“The GP bikes will be kept in tip top shape by legendary Kiwi engineers and ex Kenny Roberts Yamaha factory team gurus Mike Sinclair and MNZ Hall of Fame inductee Paul Treacy.”

Among other Kiwi legends attending are John Boote, Paul McLachlan and Jock Woodley.

“And I know there will be some more big names joining them,” says Reesby.

In addition to being meeting sponsor, multi New Zealand champion Mike Pero will be joining the “Past Masters” parade laps on a Yamaha TZ250.

“I'm really looking forward to this weekend,” Pero says. “To get these quality bikes and riders to Timaru is a real coup for CAMS.

“These are the dream bikes from my era of racing. I can't wait to see and hear them.”

Stu Avant is equally enthused.

“CAMS have done us proud. I jumped at the chance to assemble all these bikes and come over.

“We're all keen to make noise parading the bikes then enjoy plenty of laughs and banter at the clubrooms.”

The three-day race event originally started in 2014 as a one off celebration of CAMS' 25th anniversary.

“It has proven so popular with riders and spectators that it has become a fixture of the South Island race calendar and is the largest classic/post classic meeting in the South Island, Reesby says.

“The meeting is popular with riders for its relaxed, fun feel, heaps of track time and plenty of social activities through the weekend including meet the riders Friday night and a BBQ Saturday night, all at the track clubrooms with some of our special guests speaking after dinner.

“Being the weekend after the Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill it’s also the perfect excuse for a bike racing holiday.”

Friday is practice and qualifying with racing all day Saturday and Sunday.

Race classes range from the vintage, classics to all the post classic pre 72, 82, 89 and the new pre 1996 class. Also featuring will be the ever popular classic and post classic sidecars including a couple of new local sidecar teams.

“Past Masters” classic parade class will feature at lunchtime, Parade of champions with all the special guests and special bikes will feature each round of racing and on Sunday a special Grand Prix feature bike race for the 30+ GP machines expected at the event.

A CAMS team will take on the NZCMRR team for a good natured teams challenge Sunday, MZCMRR have won the trophy the past two years so the locals are out for victory.


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Time to sort dates for November Rider Training Track Days

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It's time to get sorted for this coming season’s Rider Training Days

Hi everyone – welcome to summer – almost!
It’s time to get some dates sorted for this coming season’s Rider Training Days.

The plan for the season is to have 1 Rider Training event per month for Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar and possibly April if the weather holds for us.

I’m going to be using Manfeild only this season as the cost of track hire at Taupo now has made it impossible to run the small personal events that I like to run without putting up the fees a large amount – which nobody wants – including me!

Also, we won’t be providing lunches this season sorry, just tea, coffee, water and juice.

The other change includes a small price rise to match Manfeild’s small track hire price increase. The fees for the day at Manfeild now will be $225 per person – only up $25 from last season.

Be aware that new Health and Safety regs now mean that all extension cords have to have been tested and tagged. Your local sparky can help you with this.

Manfeild have given me a few dates for Nov (there’s very few to choose from) and I thought I would put it to all of you and get an idea of which date/dates work for the majority. If I get a good response for a couple of particular dates, then I’ll organise 2 Training Days for Nov. I only receive the available dates a month ahead (less in this case), so I can’t give you guys more notice than that – sorry.

The dates for Nov to choose from are:
8th, 9th, 15th and 17th.

If you could all get back to me by email within a week with your preferences I’ll try sort something that works for everyone – just let me know as soon as you can.

Email your preferred date here

Once you guys have emailed me back, I’ll sort a date/dates and email everyone to let you all know.

I hope you have all had a good winter, and I look forward to seeing you all at the track for some fun and to sharpen up those skills!





DUNLOP TO HEADLINE 2016 SUZUKI SERIES                          

CAPTION: Northern Irish professional Michael Dunlop, this year's Isle of Man champion, coming to race in New Zealand this summer. Photo supplied.

JULY 27, 2016: 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.

The 27-year-old Dunlop is the latest in a long line of exciting, headline-grabbing athletes who have been drawn to the tricky Cemetery Circuit in recent years, with Britain's Guy Martin, Liechtenstein rider Horst Saiger and British women’s champion Maria Costello just a few of the other star attractions that Cemetery Circuit organiser Allan 'Flea' Willacy has managed to entice to New Zealand in recent years.

The Cemetery Circuit event on December 26 will again be the third and final round of the popular annual Suzuki Series, which kicks off at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park near Taupo on December 4, then takes riders to Manfeild for round two on December 11, before its traditional Boxing Day finale on the public streets of Whanganui.

The highly-respected Dunlop will also race at Manfeild's round two of the Suzuki Series, although it is the Robert Holden Memorial Trophy, given each years to the Cemetery Circuit feature race winner, that he craves most.

Willacy said Australian motards riders and more solos and sidecar racers from the United Kingdom, including World Champion/IOMTT winners, are still yet to be announced.

The Suzuki Series formula one class champion in 2014, Saiger, from the German-speaking principality of Liechtenstein, nestled between Switzerland and Austria, has also indicated that he will return to race again this year.

However, much of the spectator focus this year will likely go on Dunlop, who will choose between racing a Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike or the "more upright street-style" Suzuki GSX-S1000, supplied by Suzuki New Zealand.

From Ballymoney, in Northern Ireland, Dunlop is a part of a legendary motorcycle racing dynasty. He is the brother of fellow world class rider William Dunlop, son of the late and great Robert Dunlop and nephew of the late former world champion Joey Dunlop.

A 13-time winner around the Isle of man, Michael Dunlop is the current solo-machine lap record holder for the mountain course around the Isle of Man, set during the 2016 Senior TT in June, circulating in a hot time of 16 minutes 53.929 seconds at an average speed of 133.962 mph (215.591 km/h).

Dunlop was the first rider in the history of the Isle of Man TT to achieve a lap of the course in under 17 minutes.

Widely regarded as one of the most tenacious competitors in motorcycle racing, Dunlop's aggressive style has endeared himself to fans over the years and his appearance in New Zealand this summer will surely add numbers to his massive fan base.

"The impending arrival of Michael Dunlop for the Suzuki Series is fantastic news," said Willacy. "He is a true superstar of the sport and has been described as the best street road-racer in the world, with a total 22 TT podiums to his credit.

"We are thrilled to be able to report that a rider of this calibre is coming here to race."

Credit: Words by Andy McGechan



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Isle of Man TT legend Graeme Crosby will return to the island later this year as one of the special guests at the 2016 Classic TT presented by Bennetts.

The New Zealander will be riding his original factory XR69 1000cc Suzuki now owned by Team Classic Suzuki, which took him to so much success in the early 1980s both on the roads and the short circuits.

Croz, as he’s affectionately known, will also be meeting the fans and taking an active part in the Festival of Jurby, which takes place on Sunday August 28th, between the two race days, as well as taking to the Mountain Course again for Monday’s Classic Racer Magazine Lap of Honour.

Crosby made his debut at the Isle of Man TT Races in 1979 where he made an immediate impact, taking a brilliant fourth on the Moriwaki Kawasaki in the Formula One race. A strong season in the UK saw him snapped up by the works Heron Suzuki for the following two seasons where he enjoyed some of his greatest success.

Riding the iconic XR69 Suzuki, Crosby won both the 1980 and 1981 World Formula One Championships and took the bike to victory in the 1981 Formula One and Classic TT races, the latter seeing him lap just eight tenths of a second outside the outright lap record. He also rode an RG500 Suzuki to victory in the 1980 Senior TT giving him a career total of three TT wins.

Crosby’s short TT career only lasted three years - from 1979 to 1981 - but in that time he took three wins, a second and a fourth from his seven races. Indeed, had he competed more on the Mountain Course, it’s fair to say he would have won numerous more races as he battled with the likes of Joey Dunlop, Ron Haslam, Mick Grant and Charlie Williams.

In 1982, Crosby joined Marlboro Yamaha, managed by ten-time TT winner Giacomo Agostini, as he concentrated on his GP career and he ended the year in second overall. However, disillusioned by the politics within the sport, he quit at the end of the year at the age of just 27, although he continued to have occasional outings over the next few years including the Transatlantic Trophy and Suzuka 8-Hours.

Although a GP win ultimately eluded him, Crosby had a highly successful career and, in addition to his Isle of Man TT race wins, he had the unique honour of also winning the prestigious Daytona 200 and Imola 200 races as well as the Suzuka 8-Hours. He also gave Heron Suzuki British Championship success in the 500cc and Formula One categories.

Speaking about the Classic TT, Graeme commented:

“I’ve only missed one Classic TT since it was introduced and it is one of my favourite events of the year. I really enjoy the Classic racing scene and am actively involved in supporting riders by building classic race bikes. I’m looking forward to catching up with all the fans on the Isle of Man once more as well as getting a run out on the XR69 with Team Classic Suzuki.”

Classic TT Grandstand tickets are available for Friday’s final qualifying session priced at £5.  All prior qualifying sessions are free for the main Grandstand.  There are also race day tickets available for both Classic TT race days on Saturday 27th and Monday 29th as well as VIP and Platinum hospitality tickets. To purchase tickets go to or phone Duke Marketing on (00 44) 1624 640011.

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3-time TT winner Graeme Crosby will return to the Classic TT in August
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