Coventry MotoFest 2017
A trio of race bikes associated with motor cycle racing legends and world championship winners are to appear at Coventry Motofest.
The Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 ridden in last year’s British Superbike Championship by Tommy Bridewell will run on track in the special commemorative Barry Sheene livery worn on the bike at the BSB round at Brands Hatch in 2016 to mark the 40th anniversary of the motorcycling legend’s first 500cc world title.
The GSX-R1000 will run in a red, black and white colour scheme reminiscent of the Heron Suzuki RG500s that Sheene raced in 1976 and 1977 to 500cc Grand Prix world titles.
It will be joined on track by Kevin Schwantz’s 1993 Moto GP Championship winning RGV500, clad in the Lucky Strike livery that it ran in during its victorious championship year.
The trio of iconic bikes will be completed by a championship machine ridden in the past by motor cycle racing legend Phil Read, the eight-times world champion road racer nicknamed “The Prince of Speed and the first man to win world championships in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes.
The three iconic race bikes will be ridden in demonstration laps on the Coventry ring road circuit by Nathan Colombi, who regularly rides the machines at events all around the world.
All three bikes form part of the impressive Team Classic Suzuki collection of 70s, 80s and 90s Suzuki Grand Prix race bikes owned by Northamptonshire businessman Steve Wheatman, with the collection providing one of the foremost attractions on the international classic motorcycle scene.
Darren Langeveld, Coventry Motofest Race Director, said: “We ran bikes for the first time on the circuit last year and they proved really popular with the crowds, so it’s fantastic to again have two wheeled action at the event and with such iconic bikes.
“We would like to thank both Steve Wheatman and Nathan Colombi for giving us the opportunity to run these renowned championship winning bikes associated with such true motor cycle racing legends.
“It’s incredible to think they are now going to be running on the Motofest circuit and they should prove one of the two wheeled highlights of the weekend.”