Motorbike enthusiasts across the country are already gearing up for this year’s Thundersprint, which will take place on 10-11 May at the Darley Moor Motor Sport Centre in Derbyshire.
So…what biking delights can we expect from this year’s event?
Well, 2014 will be the most star-studded Thundersprint to date, and will feature a line-up of true motorsport greats. Current World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes will be dropping by to meet and greet fans, and he’ll be signing autographs over at the Pole Position Travel’s stand on Sunday. He’ll be riding a Yamaha R6 out on the track, which will be supplied by the CMC in Chesterfield and will be pimped-up to look like his Moto2 bike.
Sam will be joined in the paddock by the likes of Scott Redding, Nick Jefferies, John McGuiness and Tom Sykes, as well as six-time TT winner Jim Redman, who began racing back in 1954 and has competed in the last 15 Thundersprints.
McGuinness said that he’s excited to finally ride at the Thundersprint after being unable to do so for many years due to clashes in his racing schedule. McGuiness is already a huge fan of the circuit, having previously competed in every single ‘stars at Darley’ meeting since 1998.
As well as biking celebs, there will be some fantastic bikes on display for visitors to feast their eyes upon. Sammy Miller will be bringing two of his very best classics along from his museum, which will include a rare, four-cylinder Type 673 works Jawa as ridden by Bill Ivy, 125cc World Champ. He’ll also be bringing a 1954 Rennsport BMW.
Phil Morris will be setting up a GP-style mobile museum at Thundersprint, and his collection will include the 125cc Nastro Azzurro Aprilia that Rossi rode to victory back in 1997.
And on top of the whole heap of motorcycling excitement, there will be plenty of other stuff on during the weekend for all to enjoy. There will be an RAF spitfire aerobatic display on the Sunday, thanks to The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Over 100 trade stands will be selling motorbike gear and accessories, and there will be a funfair for the kids as well as a Fine Food area.
Tickets cost £5 for a weekend spectator pass and £15 for a weekend camping pass. Kids and ‘well-behaved’ pets are free. More info and tickets can be found on the official Thundersprint website.