The Golden Era Superbikes series will herald the return of 750cc superbikes of the 1980s and 1990s to UK racetracks. Yes! Awesome!!!
Good news for those with fond memories of bikes like the Ducati 851/888, Kawasaki ZXR750/ZX-7R, Yamaha OW 01/YZF750, Honda RC30/RC45 and the Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD. Next year, the UK-based Thundersport plan to introduce the Golden Era Superbikes series, where all these machines, as well as 1000cc twins like the Suzuki TL1000S and Honda VTR1000 will be eligible to participate.
‘They [the bikes mentioned above] were seemingly ridden by a highly talented and committed bunch of axe-wielding maniacs and the racing was simply fantastic. Marco Simoncelli would have looked like a girl scout compared to that lot and the appeal of Superbikes was infectious and spread far beyond motorcycle fans,’ says Dave Stewart, on the Thundersport website. ‘Scott Russell, Giancarlo Fallapa, Yasutomo Nagai, Colin Edwards, Aaron Slight, Carl Fogarty, Anthony Gobert and a host of other riders didn’t complain about a bit of fairing bashing, they actually expected it. And so did the fans,’ he adds.
Stewart intends to keep the rules simple and costs reasonably low by allowing only specific bikes which, according to him, ‘fit the spirit and ethos of the class.’ The list of machines eligible include the Ducati 851 and 888, Kawasaki ZXR750, Yamaha OW01, Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD, Honda RC30, Kawasaki ZX-7R and RR, Yamaha OW 01, YZF750 and OW02 R7, Honda RC45, Ducati 916 and 996, Aprilia RSV1000 Mille, Suzuki TL1000S and TL1000R, Honda VTR1000 and the MV Agusta F4 750. There will be no tuning restrictions but parts (except tyres) will be restricted to those that were available before 2003.
The Golden Era Superbikes series sounds simply awesome to us. We remember watching these bikes on the telly, when growing up, and dreaming about these bikes every minute of the day for many, many years. The bikes, the riders, the atmosphere – for us, it was and continues to be a magical era. For more details on the series, you can send an email to email@example.com
Above, from left: Raymond Roche, who won the 1990 World Superbikes championship aboard a Ducati 851, and Doug Polen, who won the 1991 and 92 WSBK championships on a Ducati 888