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heels will be spinning for the
28th running of the Greymouth
Motorcycle Street Racing this
weekend, with the stage set for an
action packed day of racing for riders and an
exciting day’s entertainment for spectators.
The central streets of Greymouth will throb to
the sound of engines and spectacular motorcycle
The racing this Sunday has drawn capacity fields
in all classes, with 85 riders and 105 machines.
Greymouth is now recognised as one of the
premier street racing events in the country.
“ This year has seen an incredible jump in the
number of 600cc supersport bikes which will race
in the Formula Greymouth and Formula One class,”
organiser Phil Lemon said.
“ The bulk of these machines are from the North
Island and will make up the highest quality field
ever seen at Greymouth.”
Former Greymouth rider Ashton Hughes will be
returning from Feilding on his Triumph 675 to line
up on the front row, alongside last year’s Formula
One champion Jay Lawrence from Wellington on
his Suzuki GSXR1000.
They will be joined by a fast pack of South Island
contenders including multiple Greymouth street
race champions, Dan McKenzie from Christchurch
and Johnny Lewis from Nelson, both keen to
cause an upset in both the formula classes and
the BEARS class.
The unique Greymouth circuit weaves its way
through the central business district, and a larger
off-road dirt section in Leonard Street caters for
the supermotard competitors.
Supermotard sees motocross bikes racing with
slick road tyres, competing on a split circuit of
tarmac and dirt, offering plenty for riders and
The supermotard class will make way for a
new champion in 2017, with the 2015 and 2016
champion Andrew Rudd from Ashburton out of
contention due to shoulder surgery. Favoured
to go one better this year is Scott Wilkins from
Tauranga, but he faces a good field of both North
and South Island riders tackling the mixture of off-
road dirt jumps and tarmac.
The classic and post-classic race will showcase
machines from a bygone era, with three time
periods on display.
Pre-1982 machines will run off the front, with
Toby Tutty from Wakefield returning to defend his
Vince Burrell, from the north, will be the rider to
watch out for in the pre-1972 group on his ‘Moto
Guzzi’, along with the fast pre-1963 Manx Nortons
of Neville Wills and Kris Kinloch, both of Nelson.
Probably the most interesting motorcycle to
visit the streets of Greymouth since the Britten
in 1998 is the German made Kramer HKR EVO2,
which will be raced by Richard Markham-Barrett
The Kramer is a purpose-built race bike designed
by a small group of KTM engineers specifically
for single cylinder racing. Sold in small numbers
throughout the world it uses a trellis frame design
with a unique plastic fuel tank, which doubles as
the rider’s seat.
The bike is powered by a modified KTM 690
motor and although most competitive in the F3
class Markham-Barrett will run the bike in Formula
Greymouth, Formula One and BEARS as he builds
towards the North Island Suzuki series later in the
A feature of Sunday’s racing will be the array of
high profile bikes on the circuit, and undoubtedly
the strength of West Coast riders who will be
flying the local flag: Neville Hughes, motard/
BEARS; Craig Morgan - motard/BEARS, Steve
Hyde - Formula Three/Formula Grey; Phil Dittmer -
Formula Grey/Formula One/buckets; Kane Bentley
Formula Three/buckets/BEARS; Matt Vavasour
BEARS/ Formula One; Clint Davidson - Formula
One/Formula Grey; Dave Jacobs - post-classic/
Formula Greymouth; Craig Thomas - BEARS/
motard/Formula Grey; Peter Laurence - buckets/
post-classic; Kevin Ryan - BEARS/post-classic/
Formula One; Tony Tomasi - BEARS/Formula Grey.
The weekend events begin on Saturday with the
motorcycle sprints on the Greymouth aerodrome,
before the street racing on Sunday, making it a
popular two-day event.
Around 40 bikes competed in the sprints last
year, each doing multiple runs, and this weekend
times are expected to fall with a duo of visiting
New Zealand Drag Racing Association registered
bikes taking to the aerodrome for the first time.
Troy Appleton from Blenheim and Shannon
Webb from Nelson will ride their specially
modified street bikes in an attempt to break all
previous records at the Greymouth venue.
There are capacity entries for the go-kart races
on Sunday, again adding another dimension and
providing a real spectacle in a power packed day
Safety barriers and wire netting will be erected
all the way around the circuit and all bikes will be
checked prior to being cleared to race.
Practice will start from about 8.30am on Sunday
and the first race will start no later than 9am and
continue right through to 4.30pm.
Public access will be through a variety of
entrances — Revingtons Hotel, the Railway Hotel
end of Mackay Street, Union Hotel, Victoria Park
and at the entrance by Gresson Street.
The purpose German-built Kramer
Evo 2 Super Mono with it’s KTM 690
engine is the first of its kind to be
imported into New Zealand.
It will be ridden by Richard
Markham-Barrett who makes his
debut on the Greymouth circuit
having raced at other street circuits
including Whanganui and Paeroa.
The Kramer is expected to create
an impression in the 600 Supersport
series on Sunday.
Troy Appleton from Blenheim
will compete in the Greymouth
aerodrome sprints tomorrow riding
this modified Yamaha 1000 cc R1
The combination set an unofficial
national record time of 9.52 seconds
earlier this year which is the fastest
1⁄4 mile time ever recorded in New
Zealand by a naturally aspirated
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