Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val soars to new heights

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The 2016 Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val of Speed at Syd­ney Mo­tor Sport Park (March 18-20) is set to be the big­gest ever, with a gal­axy of former Grand Prix com­peti­tors on the bill. Three times World Cham­pion Fred­die Spencer was so im­pressed with his visit this year he has as­sisted event co­or­di­na­tor Pe­ter Macmil­lan to sign up six other big names for the meet­ing. 1993 500cc World Cham­pion Kevin Sch­wantz, four-times 250/350 cham­pion Kork Balling­ton, 1984 250 World Cham­pion Chris­tian Sar­ron, and former works rid­ers Steve Par­rish, Graeme Crosby and Di­dier de Radigues will all sad­dle up for the GP Leg­ends Clash, which will be held over four rounds through­out the week­end. They will be mounted on some rare and ex­pen­sive ma­chin­ery, much of it sourced from the sta­ble of Bri­tish col­lec­tor Steve Wheat­man. Th­ese in­clude the ex-Sheene 1975 XR14 RG500 Suzuki, Kevin Sch­wantz’s 1994 XR84 Suzuki, a 1995 XR88 Suzuki to be rid­den by De Radigues, a Mk6 RG500 Suzuki to be rid­den by Par­ish, and a Honda RS500 triple for Spencer. In ad­di­tion, GP win­ner Kevin Magee will be re­united with the works YZR500 Yamaha on which he con­tested the All Ja­pan ti­tle. There will also be ex-Team Kawasaki Aus­tralia bikes to be rid­den by Balling­ton and Mur­ray Sayle and on static dis­play. “I want to em­pha­sise that we (the PCRA) are not ex­pect­ing rid­ers to pay for the GP Leg­ends Clash,” said event co-or­di­na­tor Pe­ter Macmil­lan. “We have kept the en­try fee the same as in 2015 and we think this rep­re­sents very good value for the com­peti­tors. Hope­fully, hav­ing the Leg­ends there will en­hance the over­all ap­peal of the event to a much wider au­di­ence, so we will all ben­e­fit.” As in pre­vi­ous years there will be a host of trade dis­plays and stands, bike club dis­plays and the pop­u­lar Spec­ta­tor Pa­rade laps. For 2016, the event will be held over four days, with pri­vate prac­tice on Thurs­day, quali­fy­ing on Fri­day morn­ing and rac­ing from Fri­day af­ter­noon. The fea­ture event, the Barry Sheene Top 50, will be con­tested over four 6-lap legs.

Com­ing to the 2016 BSFoS: Kevin Sch­wantz, Steve Par­rish, Di­dier de Radigues, Graeme Crosby, Kevin Magee and Fred­die Spencer.

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