The exciting new World GP Bike Legends event fired into life at the Regent Street Motor Show today (1 November) as a host of racing heroes and former world champions captivated the crowds with incredible live demonstrations.
To launch the all-new racing extravaganza, Freddie Spencer, Wayne Gardner, Christian Sarron and Didier de Radiguès all donned their racing leathers and climbed aboard some of the most iconic racing motorcycles ever to blast down a 40-metre section of London’s famous Regent Street, giving the public just a small taste of what’s in store at World GP Bike Legends 2015.
The main event will take place at the beautiful Jerez Circuit in Spain on 19-21 June 2015 and will feature flat-out racing in three classes – 125cc, 250cc and 500cc – with bikes dating from 1980 to 2000.
Dubbed ‘The Race of Legends’, the event will feature what’s likely to be the biggest reunion of motorcycling heroes from the period, with many rider announcements expected over the coming months to join the four star names already confirmed. What’s more, following event organiser Goose Communications’ policy of creating access-all-areas extravaganzas like the Silverstone Classic, fans will get an unprecedented opportunity to meet with some of the biggest names in bike racing history and see the iconic racing machines both racing flat-out on track and up-close in the pits.
Tickets for World GP Bike Legends went on sale today, and earlybird prices start at an incredible £55 for a full weekend pass which includes access to the paddock, grandstand seating and an official event programme. Tickets can only be purchased through at www.worldgpbikelegends.com.
The launch took centre stage at the world-renowned Regent Street Motor show – an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of motoring enthusiasts to the heart of London. Among the incredible displays of cars past and present, the raucous and unmistakable sound of 500cc grand prix bikes rattled windows and stole the show, as Gardner, Spencer, Sarron and de Radiguès rekindled their racing fires with several jaw-dropping sprints throughout the day.
“What an incredible way to launch World GP Bike Legends!” exclaimed Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser Goose Communications. “Seeing the look on people’s faces as those amazing bikes roared down the middle of Regent Street summed up why this event is going to be so brilliant – we’re bringing to life a truly golden era of racing that so many of the fans look back on as the most exciting and competitive period ever. With a setting as spectacular Jerez, it really will be an unmissable weekend for any fan of grand prix motorcycle racing.”
Speaking at the launch, triple world champion Freddie Spencer said: “It’s an incredible honour to be riding some of my old bikes here on Regent Street in the middle of London – it’s all a bit surreal, to be honest. For the fans to see, hear and smell these 500cc bikes firing up and accelerating right here on Regent Street is pretty cool. It was a great preview to what is going to be a fabulous event in Spain next year”
Wayne Gardner added: “It’s the first time I’ve attended Regent Street Motor Show and it’s a surprisingly big event and looks successful event. The launch of the World GP Bike Legends has gone off extremely well attracting a huge crowd, particularly when the two-stroke bikes start and the smell and noise fills the air. The idea has been very well recieved today and everyone’s really looking forward to Jerez in 2015. It’s very exciting”