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Published 21 March 2012

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Two-Wheeled Wonders, Two-Stroke Racers and TT Winners at 2012 Festival of Speed

The annual Festival of Speed’s vast array of famous motorcycles and worldclass riders has long been an integral part of the  event for all motor sport enthusiasts.  

The breadth and variety of bikes at this year’s Festival of Speed (28 June – 01 July) will make it especially difficult for all racing motorcycle fans to resist as Goodwood celebrates two-stroke racers with an Incredible line-up of bikes to bid farewell to the smoking engine from Grand Prix racing.  A large gathering of two-stroke bikes - from the DKW 350SS Kompressor via the Moto Villa V5, Harley Davidson 350RR and ex-Freddie Spencer Honda NS500, right through to the late 1990s two-stroke Grand Prix machines – will phut and roar up the tough 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb.  

Non two-stroke classic racing motorcycles will also be out in force at Goodwood, including the first ever Triton, Sammy Miller’s Moto Guzzi 500 V8, a six-cylinder MV 500, Barry Sheene’s first ever GP bike – his Suzuki 125 - plus his last-ever winner. Carl Fogarty’s 1999 World Superbike Championship winning Ducati 996 is also confirmed for the Festival.

The most powerful Moto GP bike of all time - the ex-Sete Gibernau 2006 Ducati GP6 with 250+bhp on tap, and clocked at 217mph at Mugello - is confirmed for Goodwood.  It is also expected to have the 2011 British Superbike winning team Swan Yamaha in action,  with winning rider Tommy Hill and new superstar signing Noriyuki Haga in attendance.  A class of contemporary racing motorcycles will celebrate modern BSB, WSB and Grand Prix machines too. 

Riders expected to appear at the 2012 Festival of Speed look set to include ex-GP rider  Ron Chandler, eight time TT winner and world champion in 125cc, 250cc and 500cc Grand Prix racing,  Phil Read OBE, who will be reunited with his 1974 World Championship-winning MV Agusta 500. Also look out for  Neil Hodgson riding a Ducati, Steve Parrish riding one of his team mate Barry Sheene’s bikes,  Henk Van Kessel astride his 1973 50cc World Championship-winning Kreidler Van Veen, plus Paul Smart and exMotoGP rider Jeremy McWilliams in action. 

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