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European Classic Series – A decisive final at Motorland Aragon

European Classic SeriesThis weekend the Motorland Aragon circuit will be welcoming the final round of the European Classic Series. It promises to be a pretty close final!

Since its creation in 2013, the European Classic Series has always experienced final rounds riddled with suspense, with the rankings being so close prior to the final round. This 2015 season will not escape the tradition. Top of the rankings, with 26 points, we have the Dutchmen of the Roadrunner Team (Van der Mark-Brand, Suzuki), who put in two excellent fourth places at le Castellet and at Spa. In 2nd and 3rd, tied on 25 points, the Belgians of Team Force (Hubin-Fastré, Suzuki), reigning European champions and winners at Castellet and the Germans of the Kaiser Classic Endurance Team (Kaiser-Steinmacher-Pfautsch, Kawasaki), winners at Spa.

Behind this leading trio the ranks are pretty tight also: the Frenchman of the Moto Bel’ team (Charles-Artigues-Sleurs, Moto Guzzi) have presently clocked up 23 points and have called on the services of the Italian Samuele Sardi to reinforce the team during this third round. Just behind, the two English Sweatshop Phase One teams (Suzuki) both have 20 points and could well claim the top rung of the podium which they had done in the 2013 season. Who from the Mertens-Simpson team or the Brasher-Linden duo will bring home the most points allowing the team of the nice Lida to find themselves at the top of the bill?

In Classic 1000, the Scuderia Officine Toscane (Bellucci-Zaccarelli, Segoni Special), holders of the title in the first two seasons as also winners of the two first rounds will also be defending their title ahead of the Frenchman of AML Racing (We Read More >

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National Motorcycle Museum at the Classic TT 2015

W Dunlop Team NMMThe National Motorcycle Museum had a particularly busy fortnight at this year’s Classic TT Festival with our taking part in various high profile activities both on and off the track.

We really did take the museum to the people with no less than 32 Norton’s from every era being transported from the collection over to the island for our huge “pop up” museum display. From 1906 through to the 1990s, a Norton race machine from every decade of the last century was displayed in what many visitors described as “the best display ever seen in a TT paddock”.

One of the biggest highlights for many was the “Norton – The Rotary Years” – Parade.
Whilst individual Norton rotary race bikes have appeared in parade laps around the Mountain Course – and, of course featured in race wins and podiums – never before had so many appeared at one time on the island. A sunny Saturday on 29/08/15 saw no less than 12 of the revolutionary machines, all owned by the National Motorcycle Museum, take to the 37.73-mile course.
A whole host of famous names had the honour of taking part including some of the bike’s original riders including Trevor Nation, Steve Cull & Ian Simpson. Other riders included William and Michael Dunlop, Michael Rutter and Jamie Whitham.
“The White Charger” that the late Steve Hislop famously rode to victory in the 1992 Senior was ridden by 23-time TT Race winner John McGuinness resplendent in replica Hislop leathers & helmet!
Sunday 30/08/15 saw many of the museum’s ex-works rotary Norton’s appear once again on the short circuit at the Festival of Jurby with the likes of McGuinness, Rutter & Cull onboard.

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