Su­per­bike champ com­ing to the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

WORLD #24 su­per­bike rider Gary McCoy will be host­ing a coach­ing event for mem­bers of the Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club (WMSC) next month.

McCoy has spent more than a decade in grand prix rac­ing and has proved his abil­ity on the world rac­ing cir­cuits many times. He will be bring­ing a wealth of knowl­edge and rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to the Whit­sun­day Race­way on May 17-18.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of his small stature, McCoy first raced in 125s but he re­ally seemed to burst onto the scene in 2000, when he won the sea­son’s first 500cc race in spec­tac­u­lar style, en­ter­tain­ing the fans and his ri­vals.

His abil­ity to go faster by slid­ing the rear of his bikes has its roots in speed­way rid­ing and has earned him the nick­name of “The Slide King”.

Af­ter the launch of the movie Faster in 2003, McCoy man­aged to ex­cite an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of Moto GP fans and score him­self a huge fol­low­ing in the U.S.

WMSC pres­i­dent Andrew Auld said Grand Prix 250 cham­pion Dave Fuller would also be on hand to of­fer ad­vice to the road rac­ing con­tin­gent of the club.

“It’s great to have rid­ers of this qual­ity want­ing to come and ex­pe­ri­ence the Whit­sun­day Race­way,” he said. “Gary wants to get some ex­pe­ri­ence on the track be­fore he re­turns to race in the leg­ends class at the Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Ti­tles in June.”

Auld is hop­ing to se­cure McCoy for additional coach­ing events in the fu­ture if the event is a suc­cess.

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