Coventry MotoFest 2016
A trio of race bikes associated with track and road race champions of the past and present are to appear at the Coventry Motofest event.
A 1994 Suzuki RGV500 ridden by Kevin Schwantz in the Moto GP 500 championship and Michael Dunlop’s Team Classic Suzuki, which took the legendary TT racer to victory in the Isle of Man Classic TT Senior event in 2015, will both run on the Coventry Motofest sprint circuit.
The two iconic race bikes will be ridden in demonstration laps on the Coventry ring road circuit by Nathan Colombi, who regularly rides both machines at events all around the world.
A Barry Sheene RG500 bike ridden by the British racing legend in the 70s will also appear as a display bike, taking up pride of place in the classic bike displays situated on Greyfriars Green.
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: “It’s the first time we have been able to run motorbikes on the Coventry Motofest circuit and this trio of iconic race bikes is a fantastic way to kick-off our two wheeled action at the event.
“We would like to thank both Steve Wheatman and Nathan Colombi for giving us the opportunity to run these renowned championship winning bikes from two of the world’s biggest bike race series, the Moto GP and Isle of Man TT, at our event.
“They are now going to be running on the Motofest circuit and alongside the Barry Sheene RG500 on display, should prove one of the two wheeled highlights of the weekend.”
Alongside the Team Classic Suzuki bikes Coventry Motofest is to form an official partnership with Donington Park circuit will see the two organisations work together on developing exciting content for their race series calendar as well as promoting motorsport more widely across the Midlands.
With Donington Park hosting rounds of the World and the British Superbike Championships, many National Motorcycle Racing Club events and the Thundersports GB series, the new partnership with Coventry Motofest will look to bring additional motorcycle action to ring road event.
Bob Adams, Donington Park’s Sporting Director, said: ”James and his team have a fantastic event which we are sure will only grow in 2016 and beyond.
“We share a vision – encouraging new fans and new participants into motorsport, and where better to do it than Coventry, which is the spiritual home of British motor manufacturing.
“All here at Donington are looking forward to working with Coventry Motofest and sharing the excitement of 2 as well as 4 wheel motorsport.”