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2017 NZSBK Entry Forms Released

Motorcycling New Zealand Inc., and www.NZSuperbikes.nz are pleased to release the entry forms and supporting documents for the NZ Superbike Championship 2017.

Road Race Commissioner Greg Percival has received strong support from the four clubs hosting the 2017 Championship.

Greg says:  “Auckland, Hamilton, Canterbury and Southland have worked closely together to keep the NZSBK series entry fees very close to last year’s level in spite of increasing expenses especially in the North Island.

By keeping a consistent fee for each round it will help South Island riders compete in the North Island rounds and will also give North Island riders more money in their pocket to head south.

Without all four clubs working together, each round would need to reflect the true costs at each location which would significantly reduce rider participation in the North. As Road Race Commissioner I very much appreciate the four clubs working together for the good of the sport across the whole country.”

The pdf version of the entry forms for the full series and individual rounds can be found on the MNZ and www.NZSuperbikes.nz (click here) websites. The on-line entry version will be available shortly.

Championship class entry fee is $295 per round with a 10% discount for the full series entry (plus $25 Health & Safety Levy at Hampton Downs). For riders under the age of 21 years as of January 1st 2017, there will be an extra discount of $50 per round.

Development Class entries are $45 for Juniors and $90 for Seniors per round. Other support classes will be $150 per round.

Entries close for Round 1 on Thursday the 22nd of December, late entries may be accepted after this date but rider information may not be included in the programme.

ENTRY FORMS CLICK HERE

Avalon Biddle - MTF Kawasaki for Campaign

Press Release: 22 November 2016

After a successful season retaining her FIM European Womens Cup title, flying kiwi female Avalon Biddle has returned home and is preparing for another summer of high speed motorcycle road racing. With support from MTF Vehicle Finance, Biddle will race a Kawasaki ZX6r prepared by Chris Osborne of Feilding in the 2017 NZSBK season.

The Supersport 600cc field is heating up with majority of the front runners from 2016 returning, and more riders stepping back from Superbike for a crack at the 600cc title. 24 year old Biddle knows she has her work cut out for her but feels racing in Europe has given her a little edge over the competition.

''I'm really excited to get back on the MTF Vehicle Finance Kawasaki ZX6r I rode at the final round of NZSBK this year back in March. The circuits at home are very different to the fast, flowing European style so I will have to tweak my riding and have my elbows out to race with these fast & experienced guys at home! The benefit of our smaller circuits however, is that they provide great viewing for spectators being able to see most the track - I look forward to seeing and meeting the crowds in Christchurch, Invercargill, Taupo and Waikato through January to March.''

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A company all about getting people up and running in times of need, MTF backed Avalon to race in the WIL Sport European Junior Cup this year in a perfect match to get her on her wheels up in Europe.

In a crusade to support outstanding individuals in Motorsport, MTF have also paired up with Albany girl racer Chelsea Herbert who will be debuting in the New Zealand Touring Car Championship. These two females wont be missed in/on their bright yellow vehicles tearing up the New Zealand race tracks.

''MTF is extremely proud to have supported Avalon in retaining the FIM Women's Cup this year. Being able to watch Avalon, on the MTF Kawasaki ZX6r, as she goes head to head with some of New Zealand's best after her success in Europe, is a great way to continue our partnership. '' Ian Timperley, Marketing Manager - MTF ''I look forward to engaging with the fans of Motorsport in New Zealand & together with MTF we have some big activities planned for the public. It's going to be another busy, fast-paced summer that we are all really looking forward to! '' Says Biddle from her home in Orewa, North of Auckland.

Biddle is also backed by Spectrum Motorcycles, Kawasaki NZ, RaceSupplies NZ, Pirelli, Formula Fit High Performance Centre, Rynopower, RST racewear, Motul, Sidi boots, Carl Cox Motorsport Hyosung Cup, Auckland Motorcycle Club, WIL Sport & NGK Spark Plugs Australia.

Testing will begin late this year in the opening two rounds of the Suzuki Series and Avalon will also be on track on her Spectrum Motorcycles/MTF Hyosung X4R in the Carl Cox Motorsport Hyosung Cup throughout the NZ summer season.

See more at www.mtf.co.nz, www.avalonbiddle.com.

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Superbike Star Backs NZ Sidecars

NZ Superbikes & Road Race Championship - News 2017

gary2Tauranga based Superbike star Gary Goodfellow and his Shuzi NZ Ltd business are the naming rights sponsor for the 2017 NZ Sidecar Championship series including the NZ Sidecar Grand Prix at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna at Christchurch in January and the NZ Sidecar Tourist Trophy at Hampton Downs North Waikato in March.

‘I’m delighted to have Gary’s support’ says Robert Cochrane tasked with promoting the 2017 NZ Superbike and Road Race Championship. ‘Gary is one of the great NZ Legends of motorcycle racing. He was a top motocross rider representing both the South Island teams in the 70’s and winning NZ Motocross Championships, in 1978-79 he won the South Pacific MX Championships and came third in the 1979 Mr Motocross in Australia. Gary raced the World Motocross 125cc Championships as a privateer in 1978-79 and in his second year was getting 4th, 5th and 6th placings.’

Gary moved to Vancouver and married a Canadian he met in New Zealand and bought into a motorcycle business, Vancouver Suzuki and in year two it was the top Suzuki shop in West Canada and within four years was No1 for Canada. As Gary explains, ‘we used to go out to the local track for Wednesday night practise and there would be a thousand people there and we would run some laps. I couldn’t find anyone fast enough to race for my shop so I took up road racing and went on to win eleven Canadian Championships. Robert Holden worked and raced a year for me and Wes Cooley did a few meetings for our team. I had the early Britten in Canada and rode as a development rider for John for three years and did two Daytona meetings on the Britten. In 1987-88 I won Daytona on a 600 and did World Superbikes for two and a half years between injuries. I crashed a lot and a ‘big one’ made the front page of the Daytona Times.

I came second at the Suzuka 8hr in 1987 and picked up 8th placings overall in the World Superbikes, was the first Kiwi to win a WSBK race and took the first WSBK win for Suzuki.’  Gary represented North America in the Trans-Atlantic Championships held in England but retired from road racing in 1991 and ran a wholesale business. ‘I bought another motorcycle shop after that and quickly realised why I had sold the others, and then developed a successful motorcycle wholesale business.’ 

Gary's twenty year professional race career exposed him to a number of serious injuries and as a result he has broken his feet 5 times, now has a replaced hip, rods in his arms and pins in his knees from numerous crashes. For a number of years he had difficulty walking due to these multiple injuries. In around 2005-06, Gary was introduced to Shuzi bracelets in Canada and it had such a profound difference on his life that he wanted to share this with the world.

This inspired Gary to introduce Shuzi to New Zealand in 2009, obtaining the rights for both New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. Shuzi market a range of bracelets, jewellery, sports bands and pet products. All Shuzi products have a chip programmed with Nano Vibration Technology generating subtle energy frequency, to promote wellness for your everyday lifestyle, offering a person comfort and durability whether at work or play.

‘I am sure that many motorcycle racers with old injuries can benefit from the use of Shuzi products, I know I have. It’s great to get Gary’s support for the sidecar teams and the wider road race community,’ says Robert Cochrane. ‘We may run some special promotions at the tracks with Shuzi once the season gets underway. 2017 is going to be an exciting season working with Gary and his partner Colleen.’ 

For further details on Shuzi see www.shuzi.co.nz or contact Gary Goodfellow or Colleen Abbott on 0800-218-010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For further details on the 2017 New Zealand Sidecar and Road Race Championship events at Christchurch, Invercargill, Taupo and Hampton Downs go to  www.nzsuperbikes.nz  

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2017 NZ Superbike & Road Race Championship Broadcast Sponsorship Signed

In an exciting development for motorcycle racing in New Zealand a production and streaming broadcast package has been signed with i-Film, a company specialising in live broadcasting in HD. i-Film have a number of online channels with i-Film NZ Sport broadcasting events for NZ Hockey, Indoor Netball World Cup, Auckland Rugby 1st XV Finals, Basketball NZ Tournaments, NBL games, and motorsport events such as Cemetery Circuit 2015 and Kart Sport National Sprint Champs.

NZ Road Race Commissioner Greg Percival was approached by i-Film’s Chris Penman over six months ago and Robert Cochrane has continued those discussions as he looked for the best sponsorship and media package for the 2017 NZ Superbike & Road Race Championships.

‘The sponsorship package with i-Film covers several areas and is the first step towards more programming of road racing and potentially other motorcycle codes. For 2017 the Mike Pero New Zealand Grand Prix from Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch, and the New Zealand Tourist Trophy from Hampton Downs will be live streamed on the Sunday on the new i-Film motorsport channel with a delayed half show to be screened at a later date’, says Robert Cochrane. i-Film are also screening Cemetery Circuit 2016 and other motorsport events. ‘I saw it as crucial that NZ motorcycle racing offer our sponsors and viewers the highest quality production possible and take advantage of the latest developments in High Definition Live Broadcasting. With i-Film’s experience in live streaming of International and National events for Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Rowing, Rugby, Kart Sport, Netball and the Suzuki Series Finale on Boxing Day from Wanganui, it’s a proven excellent partnership for our sport’, says Robert.

‘It’s crucial that all riders and race teams in New Zealand come out for the 2017 season with their best presentation possible to portray ourselves as the Premier motorsport division across New Zealand. There is huge potential for our sport with this package, and we need more riders in every class, both at Championship level and in the Superbike B, Supersport B and Superlite B categories who compete at a reduced entry fee. In addition to the i-Film media sponsorship, a radio broadcast package will run with Radio Sport and Hauraki, and all three NZ motorcycle magazines are involved as media partners, Bike Rider as a Silver Sponsor and Kiwi Rider plus Motorcycle Trader as Bronze Sponsors with each magazine running advertising and promotion for the 2017 series.’

Further details at www. nzsuperbikes.nz and check out www.i-film.co.nz. Very early bird Ticket specials at www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/southern-nationals-including-mike-pero-new-zealand-grand-prix/christchurch.

Superbike Promotion at Ride Forever Motorcycle Show

Media Release 4
04 October 2016

pressarticle4A huge crowd of over 8,000 people turned up to view the largest motorcycle show in New Zealand at the Auckland Show Buildings at Epsom. This provided a great opportunity to promote the NZ Superbikes and Road Race Championships to a motorcycle focused crowd.

“Assisted by Varun Kohli on Saturday and Daniel Mettam on Sunday we handed out 3,000 A5 coloured flyers to show attendees and a few hundred children’s ‘free admit’ tickets to the series,” says Robert Cochrane. “I saw the event as a key promotion opportunity for the NZ Superbike Championship series and I am very grateful for the support given by Varun and Daniel for six hours each day, plus Gavin Veltmeyer who helped out later on the Sunday afternoon. Being involved in the show gave me the opportunity to meet informally with all the motorcycle distributors, plus a range of motorcycle club leaders in attendance. It was a fantastic show of modern, classic, custom and chopper motorcycles plus clothing, helmets and accessories. The Papakura Rotary are to be commended for putting together such a top event.”

The New Zealand Championships include the ‘Southern Nationals’ at Mike Pero Motorsport Park on 7-8th January, the ‘Deep South Nationals’ on January 14-15th at Teretonga Park in Invercargill before heading to Taupo on February 25-26th for the ‘Central North Nationals’ and the ‘Northern Nationals’ at Hampton Downs on March 4-5th.

For further details go to www.nzsuperbikes.nz

Pic: Daniel Mettam hard at work


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2017 NZ Superbike Championships Update

Media Release 2

nzsb blacklogo120pxThe 2017 NZ Superbike & Road Race Championships commence at Ruapuna on January 7-8th with the ‘Southern Nationals’ that also includes the New Zealand Grand Prix at Ruapuna. A weekend later the ‘Deep South Nationals’ on the 14-15th will be held at the Teretonga Park venue in Invercargill. At latitude 46.43 it is the most southern race track in the world and at times over the years riders have felt the full force of the deep southern winds and rains off Foveaux Strait. Fingers crossed 2017 will be sunbathing weather as riders chase those valuable points before heading north. After the fortnight in the South the series gets underway again at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo for the ‘Central North Nationals’ on Feb 25-26th,using the long track before the final event in the New Zealand Championship series at Hampton Downs on the 4-5th of March, the ‘Northern Nationals’ including the New Zealand Tourist Trophy events.

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