Daryl backs Aussie ti­tles

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Run­ner up in the 1995 World 500cc Cham­pi­onship and 3-times Grand Prix win­ner Daryl Beat­tie has taken on the role of am­bas­sador for this year’s Aus­tralian His­toric Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships. The meet­ing will be hosted by the His­toric Mo­tor Cy­cle Rac­ing Reg­is­ter of SA from Oc­to­ber 8-11 at Mal­lala Mo­tor­sport Park. Daryl will be at­tend­ing in be­tween his Mo­toGP com­men­tat­ing com­mit­ments for Net­work Ten.

“I love all forms of motorcycli­ng and first got in­volved in vin­tage rac­ing when I helped my old Suzuki team-mate and buddy Kevin Sch­wantz race a Manx Nor­ton in New Zealand in 2009,” Daryl says. “Kevin’s since raced Manxes in the US and UK. This sport can be­come very ad­dic­tive!

“South Aus­tralians are very se­ri­ous about vin­tage rac­ing,” says Daryl. “The HMCRRSA was formed in 1977. It hosted some high-pro­file in­ter­na­tional guests in the 1980s, and first held the na­tional ti­tles in 1996, then in 2002 and 2006. Mal Pit­man (for­mer Red Bull Yamaha chief en­gi­neer) is the reg­is­ter’s pa­tron and I know he has plans to get some great old Grand Prix ma­chin­ery out of the wood­work for the week­end.” Mal­lala, a coun­try town just 55km north of Ade­laide, is em­brac­ing the event, with lo­cals pro­vid­ing camp­ing sites and cater­ing. “Any­one who loves motorcycli­ng knows that the jour­ney is the adventure,” says Daryl, who also runs Daryl Beat­tie Ad­ven­tures out­back tours. “So the na­tion­als could be a pit stop for fans trav­el­ling to the Phillip Is­land Mo­toGP, the fol­low­ing week­end, from the west. The Mal­lala Mo­tor­sport Park dates back to 1961, when Lex Dav­i­son (grand­fa­ther of cur­rent V8 Su­per­cars rac­ers Will and Alex) won the Aus­tralian Car Grand Prix there in front of 15,000 spec­ta­tors. It is a great place to watch his­toric rac­ing, with pic­nic van­tage points that cover most of the track. The na­tional ti­tles at Mal­lala will be Australia’s show­case this Oc­to­ber. I’ll be re­leas­ing a se­ries of up­dates in the lead-up to the na­tional his­toric ti­tles at Mal­lala and hope to see a lot of mo­tor­sport fans there.”

Daryl Beat­tie dur­ing his time as a Honda works rider, aboard an NSR500 at Eastern Creek.

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