Rossi’s Ducati to star at Donington Classic Festival

Rossi's 2011 Desmo will run at Donington Park
Rossi's 2011 Desmo will run at Donington Park Picture: Ducati Corse

Valentino Rossi’s Ducati MotoGP bikes will the headlining act at a classic bike festival at Donington Park over the weekend of August 11 alongside Loris Capirossi’s Desmosedici.


Organised by former GP star Colin Seeley to raise money for the Joan Seeley Pain Relief Memorial Trust, the event will be three days of spectacular action focusing on the ‘Glorious Eras of Grand Prix Racing’, especially the 60’s and late 70’s so expect to see Honda, Gilera and MV multis, plus the “Best of British” including Manx Nortons, Matchless G50s, AJS 7Rs and much more; from an era when Mike Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read dominated.


Top of the bill will be two MotoGP Ducatis, one of which will be running, the Norton Rotaries which raced at this year’s TT, a Britten plus a plethora of classic, exotic race bikes most of which will turn a wheel on track.


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Appearing bikes are:


Norton monocoque Michael Braid Clive Ling (Sunday) -

Norton spaceframe Michael Braid tba Saturday

Norton monocoque Norbert Prokschi Norbert Prokschi

Norton spaceframe Norbert Prokschi

Norton Manx Norbert Prokschi Heinz Lange

Britten Kevin Grant Bruce Anstey or Nick Jefferies

TT13 Factory Norton Norton Factory Dan Hegerty

TT13 Factory Norton Norton Factory Ian Mackman

Honda 4 250cc Beaulieu Museum Static

Honda 6 297cc Honda UK Static

Honda 4 250cc Honda UK Static

Honda 6 297cc Dennis Bunning Dennis Bunning

Honda 6 297cc Peter Fox Peter Fox

Honda 6 297cc George Beale John Cronshaw & Julien Charnole

Yamaha OW31 Gerald Armand Gerald Armaud

Honda CR750 Julien Charnole Julien Charnole

Honda 4 500cc David Hailwood David Hailwood

Ducati GP11 Chris Wilson Static - may run

Yamaha Kenny Roberts Chris Wilson tba

Honda Mick Grant Chris Wilson tba

Cagiva GP 500 Chris Wilson tba

tba Chris Wilson tba

MV 3 420cc Kay Engineering Brian Richards

MV 3 500cc Kay Engineering Alan Oversby / Phil Sharpe

Suzuki Model tba Steve Wheatman Phil Read

Suzuki Model tba Steve Wheatman Terry Rymer

Suzuki Model tba Steve Wheatman Mick Grant

Suzuki Model tba Steve Wheatman Shaun Emmett

Suzuki Model tba Steve Wheatman tba

Suzuki Model tba Steve Wheatman tba

Cagiva V592 500cc Dean Simpkin Dean Simpkin

Cagiva V590 500cc Dean Simpkin tba

Linto 500cc John Dodds Dean Simpkin tba

MV 3 500cc Dean Simpkin tba

Bianchi 2cyl 500cc Dean Simpkin tba

Bianchi 2cyl 500cc Dean Simpkin tba

Benelli 4 350cc Dean Simpkin tba

Mondial 250cc Dean Simpkin tba

MV 125cc single DOHC Dean Simpkin tba

BSA/Rudge MC1 Mike Farrell Mike Farrell

Rudge Mike Farrell Mike Farrell

Manx Norton Mike Farrell Mike Farrell

Velocette Roarer Ivan Rhodes Sam Rhodes

Moto3 FTR Mike Loughlin tba

Moto2 FTR Mike Loughlin tba

RC45 Mike Loughlin Ian Simpson

RC45 Mike Loughlin tba

RC45 Mike Loughlin tba

RC45 Mike Loughlin tba

RC45 Mike Loughlin tba

Kawasaki ZX7RR Mike Loughlin tba

Ducati TT2 Ducati Symposium Roy Thersby

Ducati TT2 Ducati Symposium tba

Ducati TT2 Ducati Symposium tba

Ducati TT2 Ducati Symposium tba

Ducati TT2 Ducati Symposium tba

Ducati TT2 Ducati Symposium tba

Triumph 675 2008 Glen Richards Champ Bike (Smiths) tba

Triumph 675 2012 Glen Richards Champ Bike (Smiths) tba

Triumph Wicksted Brooklands lap record holder tba

Honda NS500 Richard Parker sponsor Richard Parker

Honda NSR500V Richard Parker sponsor Richard Parker

Moto Guzzi V8 Sammy Millar Sammy Millar

Moto Guzzi V due Sammy Millar Sammy Millar

Suzuki RG500 Stu Melen ex Phil Henderson Stu Melen

Yamaha TZ500J Chris Bishop ex Graham Woods Chris Bishop

ROC Yamaha Dave Grigson

Triumph 3 Rob North Ron Chandler Ron Chandler

Seeley G50 John Cooper John Cooper

Suzuki TR750 Paul Smart Paul Smart


Sidecar BMW Michael Braid Colin Seeley

Sidecar Colin Seeley tba

Sidecar Colin Seeley tba

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