At the head of the list is MotoGP star Scott Redding. Scott said: “I have ridden at the Thundersprint twice before and I honestly loved every minute of it. The Thundersprint is a giant two-day party for anyone who loves bikes and, best of all, I’ve got the time to talk to fans, have photographs taken and be with them socially. In fact, all the things I love but can’t do at a GP."
Sharing the track with Scott will be World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes and IoM legend John McGuinness.
For fans of Japanese classics Britain’s best all round motorcyclist Nick Jefferies will be in action on the track, riding both the ex-works Honda RC30, on which he won the 1993 Formula 1 TT, and a selection of factory Yamahas provided by the Phil Morris Motorcycle Museum.
Leading the classic mega stars is six times World Champion, and winner of six TTs, Jim Redman.
Jim said: “I am bringing my whole team with me in the form of Clive Brooker and his lovely CR750 Honda. Clive’s bike is beautifully prepared and I ride it so often that it feels very much my bike.”
Parked next to Jim will be motorcycling legend Sammy Miller. Sam will be bringing what is arguably the most exotic bike at this year’s Thundersprint – the incredibly rare, four cylinder, Type 673 works Jawa as ridden by 125cc World Champion Bill Ivy.
Backing up the stars is a huge entry of riders with bikes stretching all the way from the early 1930s to the latest superbikes and a fantastic array of club stands. Away from the paddock, there is a giant trade area, Fine Food Court, simulator rides, a fairground and what is billed as Europe’s biggest inflatable fun centre.
Children and pets are very welcome at the Thundersprint and both have free admission.
Thundersprint organiser Frank Melling explains the philosophy behind the Thundersprint. “We want to show the very best of motorcycling to the widest possible audience. This is why everywhere except the race track is open and our star riders are completely accessible.
“If you can’t enjoy yourself at the Thundersprint you really don’t like bikes!”
Thundersprint 2014 swings into action over the weekend of May 10-11 at the Darley Moor circuit in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, with the gates opening at 12.00 on Friday May 9.
For more information go to www.thundersprint.com or phone 01928 740 498.
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