The rid­ers are the stars but what about the bikes? MCN looks through the archives to re­visit some of the finest ma­chines ever to do bat­tle on UK tar­mac

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorgp Silverstone Preview - By Si­mon Pat­ter­son MCN MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

The Bri­tish Grand Prix has pro­duced some epic races over the 41 years since it made the move from the Isle of Man to the main­land Ð and itõs pro­duced some heroes as well, as some­times-un­ex­pected rid­ers put on heroic per­for­mances (of­ten in the English rain).

But while these bat­tles are of­ten re­mem­bered for the men and per­son­al­i­ties in­volved in them, equally im­por­tant are the ma­chin­ery that theyõre mounted on.

Over the years, both Sil­ver­stone and Don­ing­ton have seen both tri­umph and de­feat, vic­tory and the gravel trap, for some of the iconic and in­no­va­tive bikes ever put on a Grand Prix grid.

From home­grown heroes like the ro­tary Nor­ton to the most cut­ting-edge tool that the Ja­panese fac­to­riesõ rac­ing depart­ments can craft, MCN takes a look at the le­gendary bikes of the Bri­tish Grand Prix.

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