Every time I venture to the NEC Motorcycle Live event I have an enjoyable time and on Sunday 17th November, it was no different.
International road racing once again had a prominent presence with countless history making and world famous roads machines gracing various manufacturer stands.
The TT Races stand, throughout the nine day exhibition event was well attended with race fans having the opportunity to get close to some of the most iconic Mountain Course machines of recent years.
TT, road racing, bike racing fans also had the chance to hold one of the prestigious, illustrious, priceless TT winning trophies, I myself included!
Announcements wise during Motorcycle Live, notable news to break included Honda Racing’s new look rider line up for TT 2020, consisting of TT debutant Glenn Irwin and IRRC Superbike Champion Davey Todd, plus confirmation that Smiths Racing are BMW Motorrad UK’s official International roads representatives in 2020.
Obviously BSB day on Saturday, had more announcements, more non stop news but on the whole in comparison to previous Motorcycle Live’s, it felt much more productive for the pure roads scene.
As we enter a new decade, the prominence of the sport in spite of negative publicity, various negative thinking folk on social media continues to expand.
This was showcased no question at the NEC by the amount of people I saw wearing roads themed attire, taking an interest in the TT stand and a sense that pure road racing, in particular the premier International roads events are steadily becoming more mainstream to the general public.
Overall another excellent Motorcycle Live which secured an overall attendance number exceeding 104,000 visitors. If you haven’t visited the motorcycling exhibition event before, attend next year it’s a must for fans of all forms of two wheel racing including real road racing!
Words by Stevie Rial