The 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​motorcycles

The world’s largest motorsport festival offers four days of adrenaline-charged action for petrol enthusiasts everywhere. The four-day event at Goodwood House near Chichester is a celebration of historic and classic motorsport, attracting an unrivaled pedigree of participants from around the world.

A spectacular setting, the airy country estate sees 200,000 visitors flock to the grassy park, to enjoy an immersive long weekend of speed, action and adrenaline. Famous the world over for bringing together an eclectic mix of machines, both on four wheels and two, alongside a list of names that reads like a who’s who of modern and historic motorsport.

With many titles stolen by the hill-climbing record won by the all-electric McMurtry Automotive Speirling, there was a superb collection of rare, pedigree and collectible motorcycles, with a roster of riders to delight even the most hardcore motorcycle enthusiast. more relaxed.

2022 saw three main categories of motorcycle entries at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Grand Prix Heroes, 100 Years of the Ulster Grand Prix and Contemporary Racing Motorcycles, with nearly sixty motorcycles brought in to celebrate the celebration of these categories. From the 500cc 1947 AJS ‘Porcupine’, the legendary British-built motorcycle that won the first riders’ and manufacturers’ titles in the 500cc Motorcycle Racing World Championship, to more modern machines such as the 2021 KTM RC16, winner of the MotoGP races last year at the hands of Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira.

Wayne Rainey on his 1992 Yamaha YZR500
Rainey, back on his championship-winning Yamaha for the first time in 30 years.

Grand Prix Heroes

The highlight of the show! Headlining three-time 500cc world champion Wayne Rainey riding his 1992 Yamaha YZR for the first time since the Misano crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The specially adapted Yamaha, with the shift and rear brake controls relocated to the handlebars, with a bracket on the fuel tank, allowing Rainey to rest there for added stability. These changes alone allowed Rainey to take center stage and serve up one of the biggest moments of the entire event, in front of an amazed crowd.

Rainey was followed up the hill by none other than Kenny Roberts Senior on a 1978 Yamaha YZR500, Mick Doohan on a 1992 Honda NSR500 and Kevin Schwantz on a 1994 Suzuki RGV500. many people among the thousands of spectators.

Overcoming physical limitations, Rainey was still able to pull off a few wheelies to the delight of the crowd, showing the spirit of a true hero and legend. A truly special moment, and a moment to cherish and treasure as Rainey rolls back the years.

Wayne Rainey with various runners behind him at Goodwood
Wayne Rainey with a formidable guard of honor.

Modern ace Dani Pedrosa and Goodwood regular Giacomo Agostini also added to the star roster of GP class riders, with the legendary 1947 AJS Porcupine ridden by Stuart Graham, while Sammy Miller demoed the Gilera 500 Quattro-Cilindri from 1957 and the 1954 BMW Rennsport.

Ulster Celebration

A stacked entry to celebrate 100 years of the Ulster Grand Prix, showcased the diversity and progress the past 100 years have seen in motorcycle racing. Early entries such as the 1927 Norton CS1 and 1928 Norton Flying Squirrel provided an evocative demonstration of the Ulster GP’s formative years, while the modern era was represented by modern classics like the Suzuki GSX-R1000 , the Honda CBR1000RR and the formidable Kawasaki ZX10R 2021. .

A roster of riders including Guy Martin, Jenny Tinmouth, Michael Rutter, Phillip McCallen and Dalbeattie Destroyer Ian Simpson ensured a superb display of riders was on hand to delight fans and add to the Ulster GP centenary celebration .

Road bikes

Thursday’s first open day of the event saw a showcase of road bikes on the hill climb, providing a demonstration of some rarely seen machines, led by the Aston Martin Brough Superior AMB001, the first time the fenders emblems appeared on a motorcycle, in a new collaboration between Aston Martin and Brough Superior. In a limited run of just 100 units, this 997cc 8-valve, 88-degree V-twin was demonstrated on the course. Also making an appearance, the supercharged Triumph Bonneville Bobber created by Jody Miller of Thornton 100, the mid-steered Vyrus 984 and the Bimota Tesi H2 made interesting additions to the range, while the ultra-rare James Bond Edition Triumph 1200 Scrambler added an English-style dash to the procedure.

Gallery Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​Motorcycles 2022

1990 Norton JPS Works Rotary RCW
1990 Norton JPS Works Rotary RCW

Contemporary racing motorcycles.

Modern race bikes were also represented, with Peter Hickman on Gas Monkey Garage’s BMW M1000 RR, Scott Redding on a WSB-spec BMW M1000 RR and the brilliant Sam Sunderland on the KT450, alongside the Birchall Brothers on the LCR- Honda 500 and Maria Costello. bringing the LCR-Kawasaki F2.

1957 Gilera 500 Quattro leaving the pre-grid to join the hill climb
1957 Gilera 500 Quattro leaving the pre-grid to join the hill climb

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