MOTOGP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AT MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

MOTOGP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AT MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

American road-racing legend Randy Mamola, the star attraction of the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs on March 3-4, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame soon after this New Zealand motorcycling extravaganza.

Mamola’s name was among an illustrious list of greats recently confirmed to be inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame in early April. Kiwi fans will have the first opportunity to congratulate him in person at the Mike Pero MotoFest, where Mamola will also be reunited with his Suzuki RG500, which he will ride on both days of the event.

The Mike Pero MotoFest weekend at Hampton Downs will be significant for motorcycle fans in so many ways because the festival event will also host the third round of four in this season’s New Zealand Superbike Championships, the high-profile nationals sharing the billing with a slew of other bike codes and activities, turning the venue into a virtual centre of excellence for all things to do with motorcycling.

International superstars such as Mamola, Englishman Steve Parrish, Australian Robbie Phillis and New Zealanders Aaron Slight, Graeme Crosby, Hugh Anderson and Andrew Stroud, among others, will be there in attendance over that extravaganza of a weekend and now of particular note is the fresh news this week that Mamola’s visit to New Zealand will be just prior to his being inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame at the MotoGP of the Americas, at Austin, Texas, on April 22.

He finished on the Grand Prix podium many times during his illustrious racing career and he is also a multi-time GP winner.

Now aged 58, Mamola began his career on the world stage in 1979, bursting onto the scene with podiums in both the 250cc and 500cc motorcycling world championships. In 1980, as a fresh-faced 20-year-old, he finished runner-up in the title fight, behind fellow American Kenny Roberts.

Mamola finished world championship runner-up again the following year, this time behind Italian Marco Lucchinelli.

In 1983, Mamola settled for third overall as fellow Americans Freddie Spencer and Kenny Roberts battled it out for the top spot.

Mamola finished runner-up again in 1984, this time behind Eddie Lawson, and savoured several more race wins before again finishing runner-up for a fourth time in 1987, behind Australian Wayne Gardner.

Mamola finally retired from GP racing at the end of 1992 – his career included 151 GP starts and his successes totalled 13 wins and 57 podiums. His first win was the 1980 500cc Belgian GP and his last win was the 1987 500cc San Marino GP.

With the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame presentation, Mamola will join a long list of greats that have been made MotoGP Legends, a roll call that includes Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, John Surtees, Carlo Ubbiali, Alex Crivillé, Franco Uncini, Marco Lucchinelli and Nicky Hayden.

Meanwhile, fans in New Zealand will have the opportunity to meet and stand beside Mamola as they together enjoy all the action at the Mike Pero MotoFest on March 3-4.

The Hampton Downs event will feature the Franklin Farm freestyle motocross team, there to thrill the crowd with aerial action on the main Skid Pan, while the Kawasaki Public Trail Ride, which will be run on adjacent farmland, will give families and enthusiasts the chance to go for a ride and then enjoy all other aspects of the events – including the Motul Stadium Moto Trial event, the Star Insurance Bike Show and the Alpinestars Legends Dinner, which is being staged on the Saturday night of the event.

DHL Express NZ Ltd presents round three of the New Zealand Superbike Championships over those two days and that will surely give the race purists something to salivate over.

Perhaps have a look at this short VIDEO that will give you even more details from the man himself, Randy Mamola.

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Legends of Bathurst to become an annual event

Legends of Bathurst to become an annual event

Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn has confirmed the 4Guys Autobarn Legends of Bathurst will become an annual event to be held in January every year. The festival, celebrating all things Bathurst, concluded today with hundreds of fans turning up to… Continue Reading

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  1. Looking forward to next year already Tony! Me and my son enjoyed today immensely. It was great being able to look around the pits and just walk up to any one of the legends and have a chat to them. Fantastic!

  2. Honestly what a fantastic day. I came along with a couple of dudes on Sunday- my hubby and his mate – and we bought VIP tickets. I wanted access to the pits. And boy did I get my moneys worth. They should have just set me up in a small room with a coffee machine by the pits so that I could bug the hell out of everybody. I managed to bug Steven Richards, Jimmy and John Bowe for autographs and a quick yack but my boys had already headed on up to the AU. So I ran out of time to bug the other drivers.

    I’ll be baaaaack.

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Richards all class at Legends of Bathurst

Richards all class at Legends of Bathurst

“Gentleman Jim’ Richards proved a hit on and off the track on the opening day of the Legends of Bathurst festival at Hampton Downs. The seven-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 finished 3rd in the Archibalds Historic Touring Car category… Continue Reading

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Three more legends confirmed for Hampton Downs

Three more legends confirmed for Hampton Downs

Allan Moffat, John Goss and Fred Gibson are the latest Australian motorsport stars to be confirmed for this weekend’s 4Guys Autobarn Legends of Bathurst event at Hampton Downs. Between them, they’ve won seven Bathurst 1000 titles and they’ll be joined… Continue Reading

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Radisich to race Tru Blu Falcon at Legends of Bathurst

Radisich to race Tru Blu Falcon at Legends of Bathurst

‘Difficult and unrewarding’ are the words Paul Radisich uses to describe his relationship with Bathurst. Two second-place finishes in the Bathurst 1000 and two horrific crashes were the highlights and lowlights of Radisich’s racing career around Mt Panorama. Despite the… Continue Reading

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Moto GP legend confirmed for Hampton Downs MotoFest

Moto GP legend confirmed for Hampton Downs MotoFest

Randy Mamola, the original ‘great entertainer’ of motorcycle Grand Prix racing will headline the Mike Pero MotoFest spectacular at Hampton Downs from March 3-4 next year. The American made his début in international motorcycle racing in New Zealand in the… Continue Reading

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Gaz Whiter defends Summer Bash title

Gaz Whiter defends Summer Bash title

Gaz Whiter confirmed his status as one of the best drifters in New Zealand with a dominant performance in ‘Mad Mike’s’ Summer Bash at Hampton Downs on Saturday afternoon. The Whangarei builder defeated Darren Kelly in the final battle after… Continue Reading

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MOTOGP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AT MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

MOTOGP HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AT MIKE PERO MOTOFEST

American road-racing legend Randy Mamola, the star attraction of the Mike Pero MotoFest at Hampton Downs on March 3-4, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame soon after this New Zealand motorcycling extravaganza.

Mamola’s name was among an illustrious list of greats recently confirmed to be inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame in early April. Kiwi fans will have the first opportunity to congratulate him in person at the Mike Pero MotoFest, where Mamola will also be reunited with his Suzuki RG500, which he will ride on both days of the event.

The Mike Pero MotoFest weekend at Hampton Downs will be significant for motorcycle fans in so many ways because the festival event will also host the third round of four in this season’s New Zealand Superbike Championships, the high-profile nationals sharing the billing with a slew of other bike codes and activities, turning the venue into a virtual centre of excellence for all things to do with motorcycling.

International superstars such as Mamola, Englishman Steve Parrish, Australian Robbie Phillis and New Zealanders Aaron Slight, Graeme Crosby, Hugh Anderson and Andrew Stroud, among others, will be there in attendance over that extravaganza of a weekend and now of particular note is the fresh news this week that Mamola’s visit to New Zealand will be just prior to his being inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame at the MotoGP of the Americas, at Austin, Texas, on April 22.

He finished on the Grand Prix podium many times during his illustrious racing career and he is also a multi-time GP winner.

Now aged 58, Mamola began his career on the world stage in 1979, bursting onto the scene with podiums in both the 250cc and 500cc motorcycling world championships. In 1980, as a fresh-faced 20-year-old, he finished runner-up in the title fight, behind fellow American Kenny Roberts.

Mamola finished world championship runner-up again the following year, this time behind Italian Marco Lucchinelli.

In 1983, Mamola settled for third overall as fellow Americans Freddie Spencer and Kenny Roberts battled it out for the top spot.

Mamola finished runner-up again in 1984, this time behind Eddie Lawson, and savoured several more race wins before again finishing runner-up for a fourth time in 1987, behind Australian Wayne Gardner.

Mamola finally retired from GP racing at the end of 1992 – his career included 151 GP starts and his successes totalled 13 wins and 57 podiums. His first win was the 1980 500cc Belgian GP and his last win was the 1987 500cc San Marino GP.

With the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame presentation, Mamola will join a long list of greats that have been made MotoGP Legends, a roll call that includes Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Marco Simoncelli, Freddie Spencer, Casey Stoner, John Surtees, Carlo Ubbiali, Alex Crivillé, Franco Uncini, Marco Lucchinelli and Nicky Hayden.

Meanwhile, fans in New Zealand will have the opportunity to meet and stand beside Mamola as they together enjoy all the action at the Mike Pero MotoFest on March 3-4.

The Hampton Downs event will feature the Franklin Farm freestyle motocross team, there to thrill the crowd with aerial action on the main Skid Pan, while the Kawasaki Public Trail Ride, which will be run on adjacent farmland, will give families and enthusiasts the chance to go for a ride and then enjoy all other aspects of the events – including the Motul Stadium Moto Trial event, the Star Insurance Bike Show and the Alpinestars Legends Dinner, which is being staged on the Saturday night of the event.

DHL Express NZ Ltd presents round three of the New Zealand Superbike Championships over those two days and that will surely give the race purists something to salivate over.

Perhaps have a look at this short VIDEO that will give you even more details from the man himself, Randy Mamola.

Gaz Whiter defends Summer Bash title

Gaz Whiter defends Summer Bash title

Gaz Whiter confirmed his status as one of the best drifters in New Zealand with a dominant performance in ‘Mad Mike’s’ Summer Bash at Hampton Downs on Saturday afternoon. The Whangarei builder defeated Darren Kelly in the final battle after… Continue Reading

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