Pure road racing has a prominent presence at Switzerland’s premier motorcycle show, currently taking place in Zurich.
One of the main highlights of the show, has been the Irish road racing exhibition, focused around the most famous family in road racing, the Dunlop’s.
Iconic machines on display, include Robert Dunlop’s rotary Norton, William Dunlop’s Supersport 600 mount from 2016, Gary Dunlop’s Delaney Racing Honda and many of 26 times TT winner Joey Dunlop’s most prestigious steads.
Alongside the machines, there was also historic memorabilia in spades on display, which included legendary leather designs, helmets, pictures and trophies, plus the TV’s on the stand, where regularly playing throughout DVD’s revolved around the Dunlop dynasty.
Photo by Stephen Davison
Gary Dunlop and William Dunlop, responsible for bringing all the famous items across, have to be applauded, for how they have spread the word about Irish road racing within continental Europe.
As mentioned online by esteemed pure road racing author Stephen Davison via his Twitter page, “When would you ever see the likes of this in a show in Ireland?”
Lots of credit as well for the rapid interest in the Irish roads exhibition at the Swiss Motorcycle Show, must go the way of world class roads exponent Horst Saiger.
Photo by Horst Saiger
The fifth place finisher in the 2016 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, recently unveiled the livery for his own teams ZX-10R Kawasaki backed by iXS for the North West 200 and TT 2017.
Michal “Indi” Dokoupil and Veronika Hankocyova’s all new YZF R6 Yamaha’s for the 2017 roads season, also broke cover for the first time, with the bikes carrying a new black, red and white colour scheme, courtesy of new title sponsorship from K2 Moto S.R.0.
It’s been great to see road racing, gain such a huge amount of exposure in recent days, in Switzerland.
The polar opposite, could prove the case at the London Motorcycle Show taking place this weekend, where promotion of roads competition, looks set to be minimal at best.
For a sport, largely based in the UK and the Isle of Man, it’s incredible that in my opinion the most promotion I have seen for road racing at an exhibiting event, has been at the Swiss Motorcycle Show.
All that’s left to say, is a huge thanks to the organisers of the show in Zurich, for giving Irish road racing in particular a prominent platform to showcase it’s product, at a time when it’s in desperate need of added promotion.
Words by Stevie Rial