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Fischereihafen Rennen – “The Fishing Port Race”

Dubbed the fishing port race, due to it’s location at the fishing harbour in Bremerhaven, the 2017 Fischereihafen Rennen meeting, celebrates 60 years of road race action at one of Germany’s most popular and prestigious roads events.

Scheduled to take place on the 4th to the 5th of June, the event will see 11 different classes of machinery, take to the iconic 2.670 kilometres long roads course.

Feature race of the two day meeting, will be the coveted Fishtown Superbike open, won in 2016 by Thilo Gunther.

In the last ten years, many of continental Europe’s leading pure road racers, have competed at Fischereihafen Rennen which translated into English, means Fishing Port Race.

This includes four times IRRC Superbike champion and German road racing legend, Didier Grams, who wrapped up three victories at the meet from 2009 through to 2011.

In recent times Thilo Gunther has proved the dominant force at Bremerhaven, with the likes of Sascha Schoder, Marco Klohoker, IRRC regular Foti Psomadakis and former Manx GP competitor Michael Hofman all impressing.

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Photo by Jörg Klöppner

With a mix of classic, lightweight, Super Twin, Superbike and Sidecar machinery, added to it’s unique and scenic backdrop, it’s easy to see why Fischereihafen Rennen is so popular.

Having looked into the event in great detail, in my opinion the only roads course in comparison with it, is the Oostende street circuit in Belgium, which is also based around a fish port.

Words by Stevie Rial

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