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Mallory Park Bike Bonanza next up for Britain’s best sidecars

Mallory Park Bike Bonanza next up for Britain’s best sidecars

Sixty years ago Mallory Park rang to the sound of motorcycle engines when the Leicester Query Club ran the first ever motorcycle race meeting on the newly tarmacked surface. On the programme that day was an impressive array of sidecars and Morgan three-wheelers. It is therefore fitting that the world’s premier domestic sidecar series should make its debut appearance at the Mallory Bike Bonanza joining in the birthday celebrations.

The series is finely balanced after a dramatic fifth round at Thruxton in Hampshire and a physical final race in which series leaders Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood (Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki)  taken onto the grass and out of the race after a coming together with multiple world champions Tim Reeves and Greg Cluze on the opening lap. The gap at the top of the table is now a mere eight points, with Ben Holland/Lee Watson just twenty three points further back. Mallory favourite Chris Walker and Ashley Hawes (Santander Salt Kawasaki) find themselves a slim two points behind in fourth place.Chris Walker and Ashley Hawes

The tight nature of Mallory Park will guarantee close action on a programme which includes classic racing machines and a host of guest appearances from legends of motorcycle racing.

Saturday is reserved for practice, qualifying and various parade laps, with Sunday providing  the two high-profile sidecar championship races and a full support programme.

The controversial Thruxton round has set the scene for an interesting scenario coming into Mallory, with Tim Reeves at the time of going to press
having missed the entry deadline.

One thing is for sure, the 2016 British Sidecar Championship is proving to be one of the most fascinating for many years.