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Mackenzie Crowned RST Race of the Year Champion

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Mackenzie Crowned RST Race of the Year Champion at Mallory Park and McConnell Sets New Lap Record

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East Midland Racing Association concluded their 2016 racing season yesterday (Sunday) as the RST Race of the Year made a triumphant return to the Mallory Park Circuit.

With a full days racing schedule, and a star line-up, spectators were treated to an action packed day both on and off the track, as leading riders from some of the UK’s premier racing championships descended on the Leicestershire circuit for the 49th RST Race of the Year, including British Superbike showdown contender Luke Mossey and 2016 National Superstock 1000cc Champion Taylor Mackenzie.

Free practice saw Buildbase BMW’s Lee Jackson dominating, before going on to set the fastest lap in qualifying, ahead of the Bournemouth Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey, and fellow Buildbase BMW team mate Taylor Mackenzie. Richard Cooper, Billy McConnell and Fraser Rogers completed row two, in front of the reigning Race of the Year winner from 2014 John Ingram, Phil Crowe and Leon Jeacock on row three.

As the sun made its long awaited appearance, the highly anticipated feature RST Race of the Year got underway with Jackson making a fantastic start and leading into Gerards, closely followed by Mossey and McConnell.  The trio edged ahead of the rest of the field but Mackenzie and Cooper were hot on the heels of the leaders, as a 10 wheeled battle for the lead developed, providing some spectacular racing for everyone.   As Jackson was overtaken by McConnell and then Mossey, Ashby based Mackenzie was busy plotting his assault on the lead from back in 5th position, before passing fellow team mate Cooper into 4th. With the leading Trio now firmly in his sights, he went on to pass McConnell into Gerard’s and then Mossey around the outside at Edwina’s Chicane.  McConnell didn’t quite let him get away though, and closed in on him in the final laps of the race whilst setting a sensational new lap record of 51.075 seconds on lap 18 of the 1.39 mile circuit. It was Mackenzie who reigned supreme in the end and took the chequered flag to win the RST Race of the Year 2016, pocketing the £1,000 top prize, ahead of McConnell and Mossey.

Taylor Mackenzie “I’m over the moon to win the RST Race of the Year.  I was only on my stocker, we put some Dunlop slicks in and I went a second quicker than I ever have at Mallory.  Stuart and Steve have revived my career this year and I’m so grateful to them, so to be able to win this race for the Buildbase BMW team, and on home soil, is extra special. The prize money is a welcome bonus too!”

Natalie Hansard, Real Motorsport Limited “On behalf of all at Real Motorsport Limited, I wish to extend thanks to our event sponsors RST, and to all of the riders and teams that entered and supported the event, you put on a great race.  We would also like to thank EMRA for organising the days racing, and to all the spectators who turned out to support the race.  It was a great day, and one we hope to have many more of at the Friendly Circuit.

Mossey, Stapleford and Cooper to Headline Race of the Year

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RST Race of the Year Returns This Weekend!

The RST Race of the Year returns to Mallory Park this weekend, as part of the East Midland Racing Association season finale on Sunday.

Stars from the racing world are set to line up on the grid, eager to lift the coveted RST Race of the Year trophy.  Now in its 49th year, the event has seen many famous names enter the Mallory Park history books as past winners, and this year Luke Mossey, Luke Stapleford, Richard Cooper and 2016 National Superstock 1000cc Champion Taylor Mackenzie will all be vying to add their name to the records, as well as claiming the top £1,000 winners prize fund.

In addition to the winners prize money, Real Motorsport Limited, the management team at the Circuit, have put up a prize fund for the remaining 14 riders to cross the finish line, with £500 paid for 2nd, £250 paid for 3rd and £100 each for the 4th to 15th placed riders.

Other riders who hope to be in with a chance of securing the RST Race of the Year title, and get their hands on a share of the prize money, include Buildbase BMWs Lee Jackson, FS3’s Billy McConnell, and Morello Racings Leon Jeacock, as well as Fraser Rogers, the Truelove brothers Matt and Harry, Phillip Crowe and, reigning RotY champion John ‘The Ram’ Ingram.

Aside from the day’s feature race, there is plenty of other thrilling racing to look forward to, as the East Midland Racing Association (EMRA) bring two of their championships to a climax with the Buildbase Mallory Trophy and the EMRA 500s.  Regrettably, sidecars will no longer feature on the race programme, however this has made way for two exciting non-championship races, for 48cc-450cc single cylinder machines and 250cc two strokes.  Along with an Open Solos and Mini Twins class, there is a full day of racing action planned to end the season on a high before the long winter sets in.

Gates open at 08:30 on Sunday morning, with spectator tickets charged at just £12 on the day.  For more information, please contact the circuit office on 01455 502214.

RST Race of the Year returns to Mallory Park this October!

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RST Race of the Year returns to Mallory Park this October!

The annual end of season RST Race of the Year will return once again to Mallory Park.

This October, the Leicestershire circuit will come alive with racing action, as elite riders from the UKs premier racing championships will battle it out to win the RST Race of the Year and the International Sidecar Race of the Year on Sunday 23rd October.

Mallory Park has hosted the popular end of season event since John Surtees CBE was victorious in 1958; the very first Race of the Year.  This will be the 49th event, and Richard Cooper, Luke Mossey and Taylor Mackenzie are amongst many well-known names set to showcase their skills and conquer the Friendly Circuit in a bid for glory at the 2016 RST Race of the Year.

The management team at Mallory Park have enlisted the expert services of East Midland Racing Association to assist with organising the days racing activities, which will consist of three EMRA Championship Finals including the Buildbase Mallory Trophy final, WAS Auto Centre Sidecar Trophy final and the EMRA CB500s final, and two non-championship open solo races for 600cc machines, and Mini Twins.  The grids for the RST Race of the Year and the International Sidecar Race of the Year will be determined by timed practice.  Cash prizes are on offer for the 1-2-3 finishers in the solo feature race.

Natalie Hansard, for Real Motorsport Ltd says: “It’s great to have the Race of the Year event placed firmly back on the Mallory Park race calendar.  The event is well established, and many racing legends have duelled to take the Race of the Year crown in the past.”

“Regrettably we had to cancel last year’s event, but by combining the RST Race of the Year with the EMRA championship finals, it will allow us to put on a truly varied racing event for fans to enjoy this year, and provide a spectacular end to the 2016 motorcycle race season at Mallory Park.”

Entries for this event are now open, and we would encourage you to complete and return it to EMRA as soon as possible to secure your place on the grid!

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For more information on this event, please contact Emily Davis on 01455 502214.

Cooper and Reynolds to attend Mallory Bike Bonanza

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Cooper and Reynolds to attend Mallory Bike Bonanza 

John Cooper and John Reynolds will both be attending the Mallory Bike Bonanza, being held on the 30th and 31st July 2016.

The two racers have confirmed their attendance at the annual event held at the Leicestershire Circuit today (Friday), significantly contributing to the already star-studded line-up.

John Reynolds, the first rider to successfully secure the 100mph lap record at Mallory Park Circuit in 1992 and multiple time British Superbike champion will be joining current British Superbike riders including Hawk Racing Buildbase BMW’s race winner and present rider Richard Cooper alongside team mate Lee Jackson.

With a career firmly embedded in the Mallory Park history books, John Cooper the original ‘Master of Mallory’ will be returning to the Friendly Circuit, reliving memories including his outright victory over the reigning 500cc world champion, Giacomo Agostini at the Race of the Year aboard a BSA Rocket 3 in 1971.

Natalie Hansard, Manager at Real Motorsport Limited, “ It’s great that so many racing personalities are getting behind our 60th anniversary celebrations and supporting the Mallory Bike Bonanza. John Cooper and John Reynolds are both welcome additions to our ever growing list of star guests due to attend over the course of the weekend. Unfortunately Paul Smart can no longer attend, but hopefully we will see Paul at future events.

Spectators have just six days left to purchase their tickets for the event at the advanced, discounted rate. Lines will close on Thursday 21st July, however will still be available to purchase on the gate, alongside a special 60th anniversary gift bag which can also be purchased on the gate”.

This year the Mallory Bike Bonanza, with help from Colin Seeley and his charity the Joan Seeley Memorial Trust will be supporting two chosen charities, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. All donations will be distributed between both charities equally to purchase specialist equipment required by the charities.

Advanced ticket sales end at Midnight on Thursday 21st July and can be purchased through the Mallory Park website. More information regarding the weekends offerings can also be found from malloryparkcircuit.com or by calling the dedicated hotline on 01455 502214.

Moto GP’s Bradley Smith joins Bike Bonanza line-up

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Moto GP’s Bradley Smith Joins Bike Bonanza Line-up

It has been confirmed today (Tuesday) that Moto GP rider Bradley Smith will attend the Mallory Bike Bonanza as a star guest.

Bradley Smith, 25 and from Oxford, will be present at the Leicestershire Circuit on Saturday 30th July, where he will also join in with some track action, but unexpectedly not on 2 wheels!

Bradley, a graduate of the Moto GP academy, has been competing at the sports highest level since 2006, where he first raced in the Moto GP 125cc class. Eleven years on and the British rider is currently contesting his 4th year in the most prestigious motorcycle racing championship in the world, Moto GP.

Bradley finished all 18 Grand Prix races inside the top 10 last year, putting himself 6th in the overall championship standings and the highest placed British rider for the second year running.

2015 also saw Bradley bring success in the Suzuka 8 hour endurance race, held in Japan where he rode for the factory Yamaha team.

Natalie Hansard, Manager at Real Motorsport Limited, “Adding Bradley to our ever growing star line up is really exciting, and is a great opportunity for spectators to meet a true British Grand Prix talent.  We are really looking forward to welcoming him to Mallory Park on the Saturday for the Bike Bonanza 2016.”

Motorcycle enthusiast clubs will once again return to Club Central displaying an array of bikes from many different manufactures and eras. Indulge in some retail therapy at the trade and auto jumble stands open on both Saturday and Sunday. Live music from local bands will be performed on both Friday and Saturday evening in the entertainment marquee.

Advanced tickets close at midnight on Thursday 21st July and can be purchased through the Mallory Park website. More information regarding the weekends events can be found from malloryparkcircuit.com or by calling the dedicated hotline on 01455 502214.

Hutchinson joins the Bonanza line up

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Hutchinson joins the Bonanza line up 

It has been confirmed today (Wednesday) that road racing superstar Ian Hutchinson will be attending the Mallory Bike Bonanza as a special guest on Sunday 31st July.

The Yorkshire rider, and 14-time Isle of Man TT winner will be present at the Mallory Bike Bonanza and will join fellow guests Mick Grant, Alex George, Paul Smart, Sammy Miller and road racing rival Michael Dunlop, in the highly anticipated Mallory Masters parade. You will find Ian in the race paddock throughout the day on Sunday.

Ian Hutchinson, best known for his successes on the roads, including the Northwest 200 and the Isle of Man TT, where after multiple wins during the 2016 event, Ian equalled racing legend Mike Halewood’s tally with 14 TT race wins now under his belt.

The Mallory Bike Bonanza, now in its third year will not only be a celebration of all things bike but will also be the circuit’s 60th anniversary festivities after first opening its gates in the 1956. Real Motorsport Limited, the management team at Mallory Park have been granted special dispensation from the governing body the ACU to run all parades over the course of the weekend on the circuit’s original configuration, without the added chicanes, just as it would have been ran 60 years ago.

The 1.35 mile circuit, nestled in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, will be the host for PR5 road bike parades on the Saturday and PR6 race bike parades on the Sunday, alongside the Mallory Masters parade. There will be racing action too with the return of the International Classic Grand Prix championship and the recently announced addition of the Hyundai British Sidecar Championship which will have numerous practice and qualifying session accumulating in two nail biting races on the Sunday.

Natalie Hansard, Manager at Real Motorsport Limited: “We are thrilled that Ian will be joining us again this year at the Bike Bonanza alongside fellow road racer Michael Dunlop. For us to have two of the most prolific road racing stars of the modern era at our event is not only great for the circuit but also for the fans. We are looking forward to welcoming Ian to the Friendly Circuit in July.”

Away from the track there is plenty more to keep you entertained, The Owd Codgers charity trial will return on the Saturday with all proceeds being generously donated to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. Motorcycle enthusiast clubs will take to Club Central displaying a fascinating variety of machines from different manufactures and eras. The open paddock will feature an abundance of static displays ranging from motorcycles from the Brooklands Museum to modern superbike machines, and everything in between. The Live entertainment marquee will return, featuring local bands playing live music on both Friday and Saturday evening, accompanied by a licensed bar.

Star Guests confirmed to attend the 2016 Mallory Bike Bonanza

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Star Guests confirmed to attend the 2016 Mallory Bike Bonanza

Featuring an all-star line-up the annual Mallory Bike Bonanza, returns to the Midlands circuit on the 30th and 31st July 2016.

Now in its third year, the showcase weekend will play a key part in celebrating Mallory Park Circuits 60th anniversary. Racing stars old and new will be descending on the Leicestershire based ‘Friendly Circuit’ for this not to be missed family event.

The hotly anticipated star line-up was launched earlier in the year confirming that ‘The Maverick’ Michael Dunlop will be in attendance. The 13 time Isle of Man TT winner will be flaunting his skills onboard a MV Agusta 500 Three, the machine famously rode by Giacomo Agostini, during the much loved Mallory Masters Parade on Sunday.

Down in the paddock, spectators will have the chance to mingle amongst racing legends including; Mick Grant, Alex George, Paul Smart, Sammy Miller, Chas Mortimer, Colin Seeley, Ron Chandler, Trevor Nation, Ray McCulloch, Adrian Craig, Stan Woods and Austin Hockley. Many more guest names will be announced in the lead up to the Bonanza.

The action packed weekend, organized by the circuits management team Real Motorsport Limited, promises an array of interesting bikes and sidecar outfits that can be seen taking to the track in parades throughout the weekend. Saturday is all about PR5 road machines, whilst Sunday focuses on PR6 race machines, and the highly anticipated Mallory Masters parade.

This year’s Bike Bonanza will feature two exciting additions to the weekends schedule with the running of two International Classic Grand Prix feature races and the recently announced 6th round of the Hyundai British Sidecar Championship which will include extensive practice and qualifying sessions, concluding with two twenty-lap races on the Sunday.

Around those top races and away from the track, more than 20 motorcycle owners clubs have already signed up to take part in Club Central. Guests will be greeted with a great display of machinery from many different manufacturers and many different eras.

Live music on both Friday and Saturday evening will take guests from a wonderful day of race action into a wonderful evening of entertainment for all of the family.

Admission tickets for the event and entry forms for the parades and charity trial are available from the Mallory Park website. Further details www.malloryparkcircuit.com

Hyundai British Sidecar Championship to feature at the Mallory Bike Bonanza

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Hyundai British Sidecar Championship to feature at the Mallory Bike Bonanza

RKB-F1 Motorsport and Real Motorsport Limited, the management team at Mallory Park Circuit have today (Monday) announced that the Mallory Bike Bonanza will host an additional round of the Hyundai British Sidecar Championship on the 30th and 31st of July 2016.

The Mallory Bike Bonanza, traditionally a classic Motorcycle and Sidecar festival held at the Leicestershire circuit will this year be the venue for the 6th round of the Hyundai British Sidecar Championship. Extensive practice and qualifying sessions will be included over the course of the weekend, concluding with two twenty-lap races on the Sunday.

British Sidecars will not be the only feature races during the weekend, as the International Classic Grand Prix series will hold the only British round of their series at the Mallory Bike Bonanza too.

Roger Body, Hyundai British Sidecar Championship Series Promoter, “It was always thought we should have twenty races on our calendar, and with us not being included in the Silverstone BSB opener, we were effectively two races down. The Mallory Park venture is an ideal solution, and we have a good relationship with Stuart Hicken. He recognises the value in having the UK’s premier sidecar championship on this momentous weekend for them, and we are delighted to have been given this opportunity”.

Natalie Hansard, Manager at Real Motorsport Limited, “We are delighted that the Hyundai British Sidecar Championship will be part of the 2016 Bike Bonanza. The Bonanza is predominately parade sessions and so we are thrilled that such a prominent British race championship will form part of the weekend.

Hosting a British championship race at Mallory Park demonstrates just how far we have progressed over the past 2 and half years, and hopefully it is the first of many high profile, prestigious events to return to the Friendly Circuit”.

Alongside the Hyundai British Sidecar Championship, PR5 parade laps will be held on Saturday for road machines and PR6 Parades will be held on the Sunday for race machines. A classic charity trial will take place on Saturday afternoon with all proceeds being donated to Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. Away from the track motorcycle owners clubs will return to club central promising to display a great array of machines from many different manufacturers and eras. Also, local bands will be taking to the stage on both Friday and Saturday evening accompanied by a licensed bar.

Admission tickets for the event and entry forms for the parades and charity trial are available from the Mallory Park website. Further details www.malloryparkcircuit.com

Mallory Park Circuit Celebrates 60 Year Anniversary

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Mallory Park Circuit Celebrates 60 Year Anniversary

Nestled in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, the popular motor racing venue better known by its nickname ‘The Friendly Circuit’, will celebrate a milestone anniversary on Friday 13th May 2016; Mallory Park turns 60!

Sunday 13th May 1956 saw the Mallory Park gates open for the first time, welcoming over 20,000 eager spectators to witness the former pony trotting track come to life with motorcycle action.  From that day on 6 decades ago, fans continue to return time and again to race and spectate at The Friendly Circuit.

Celebrations will be held over the course of the year with the main anniversary event being held at the Mallory Bike Bonanza, a classic motorcycle festival, on 30th – 31st July. In recognition of the 60th anniversary celebrations, motorcycle racings governing body the ACU have granted special dispensation for all parades throughout the weekend to use the original circuit configuration, without chicanes. Stars from the motorcycle world will be in attendance, including 11 times Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop. Live music and a licenced bar will be available on both Friday and Saturday night.

The circuit has faced a number of trials a tribulations over the years, and faced spells of uncertainty. But since taking over 2 and a half years ago, the current management team Real Motorsport Limited, work tirelessly to improve the circuit and its facilities; Mallory Park’s future is looking promising.

Natalie Hansard, Manager, Real Motorsport Limited, “Being able to celebrate the 60th birthday of Mallory Park is a great achievement. Just under 3 years ago, the future of Mallory Park looked uncertain, but we signed a 15 year lease and the circuit has gone from strength to strength, with a full calendar of events for the 2016 season. We are especially looking forward to hosting our 60th anniversary event, the Mallory Bike Bonanza.

As part of our commitment to improving the circuit, we are currently undertaking work to assist in reducing the noise output into the village. We have further improvement work planned, which will hopefully allow fans to enjoy Mallory Park for another 60 years!”

For more information on Mallory Parks 60th anniversary celebrations and upcoming events held at the circuit, visit malloryparkcircuit.com or call the Mallory Park hot-line on 01455 502214.

Three generations to join in Mallory Park’s 60th birthday celebrations

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Three generations to join in Mallory Park’s 60th birthday celebrations

Three generations of the same family will ride together at Mallory Park this July, as Father, Son and Grandson prepare to parade their classic motorcycles alongside one and other in the PR5 parades at the Mallory Bike Bonanza, taking place at the Leicestershire circuit on 30/31 July 2016.

Geoff Cox, E Commerce Commercial Manager at ERIKS, principle sponsor of the Mallory Bike Bonanza will be making the most of the original circuit configuration by parading his machine with his dad and his son alongside him, during Saturday’s road bike parades. ERIKS have been involved with events at Mallory Park for 13 years, and have been the principle sponsors of the Mallory Bike Bonanza since it started 3 years ago.

Geoff Cox, E Commerce Commercial Manager, ERIKS “13 years ago I was asked for ways to promote the business, and after some extensive research I came across the classic motorcycle event held at Mallory Park. I have some very fond memories of the circuit, including visiting as a child in the 70’s to watch my dad take to the track on some very rare classic TT Norton’s, I knew the circuit was the ideal location.

I am enormously proud that ERIKS involvement in Mallory Park continues 13 years on and will continue do so at the Bike Bonanza. Each year, over the course of the weekend my dad and I entertain around 200 ERIKS guests as they enjoy the weekend’s offerings. The 2016 Bike Bonanza will be a memorable weekend for me as not only are we able to join Mallory in their 60th anniversary celebrations but for the first time, my dad Dave, riding the 1988 Kawasaki GPX750R. My son Charlie, riding my favoured 1992 Honda NC30 400cc and myself, riding my 1988 Bimota YB6 1000cc- will all be taking part in the Bike Bonanza parades together.”

The Mallory Bike Bonanza marks the 60th anniversary of the friendly circuit, and the July event promises to be a real celebration of the circuit’s achievements over the past 6 decades. To commemorate the special occasion, circuit operators, Real Motorsport Ltd, have been granted a special dispensation from the ACU to run the PR5 and PR6 parades on the original circuit with no chicanes.

Natalie Hansard, Manager, Real Motorsport Ltd “We are delighted to have ERIKS on board as the principle sponsor of the Mallory Bike Bonanza once again, and we thank Geoff and his team for their continued support.

Being able to remove the chicanes and use the old circuit for the parade sessions is really important to us, as it gives us the opportunity to showcase the circuit as it would have been 60 years ago. This will be a great experience for riders and spectators alike to enjoy and perhaps evoke some nostalgic memories.”

Anybody wanting to experience riding the circuit in its original configuration can do so by downloading the entry form here.

For further details, call the Mallory hot-line 01455 502214.