Solo GP paddock

By Web editor, 23 June 2013
Fabulous MV in the GP paddock

Compere Dave Craggs talks to Valmoto boss Jack Valentine about his Isle of Man MV Agusta in the Classic Racer GP paddock. This session is for solos, but there will be a racing sidecar demonstration at 15.30pm. Don't miss it!

The bike engine is blueprinted, cam profiles changed, gear ratios tweaked, rear suspension and front fork internals and ecu remapped. There no are noise regulations on the Isle of Man, so the exhaust is extremely unrestrictive - and LOUD. Compere Craggs warned some of the spectactors to stand back and cover their ears because this unsilenced MV shakes the ground!

The bike was ridden by Gary Johnson on the Island and was smitten with an electrical fault, which the team finally tracked down. Gary is a great development rider and can explain the changes the mechanics need to make to improve the bike after each outing.

Jack's bike was just one of a selection which were systematically fired up for the appreciative crowd.

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Defaening noiseSunday in halls
09.00 Show opens
11.30 Jason O’Halloran on stage in George Stephenson Hall
14.30 Talking racing history with Jason O’Halloran
16.00 Prize giving with guest of honour (George Stephenson Hall stage)
17.00 Show close

Sunday outside
09.00 Press Trials start*
10.00 Trials Display Danny Butler (30 mins)
10.30 Fire Brigade demonstration
11.00 Steve Colley – main arena (30 mins)
11.30 GP Pits solos (Sound of Thunder)
12.00 Tyre Challenge/Balance Bike
12.30 Sidecars firing up
13.00 Trials Display Danny Butler (30 mins)
14.00 Steve Colley – main arena (30 mins)
14.30 GP Pits solos (Sound of thunder)
15.00 Trials Display Danny Butler (30 mins)
15.30 Racing Sidecars firing up
15.30 Fire Brigade demonstration
17.00 Show closes
* Sunday signing on at 08.00 – briefing at 08.30

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Classic TT Display – all day
Get on Motorcycle Experience – all day
Extreme Wheelie 9am to close
Wall of Death 9am to close
Go Quadz – all day
Extreme Chainsaw 9am to close

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