Revved n' raring to race

By Jared Smith


All the veteran motorhead fans will know this off by heart, but with many thousand spectators expected on Cemetery Circuit today, including the casual and curious, here's a few helpful tidbits for Boxing Day's Suzuki Tri-Series.

GATE CHARGES

No need to worry about inflation, prices have not changed from past years. $30 for adults, and children 5-15 are $5. Eftpos is available at all entrances except the riders' entry on Taupo Quay.

GATES OPEN

7.30am you can find your spot. The practices will have started at 6.30am, with the first race at 11am.

ENTRANCES

Fire Station entrance, Hatrick St East, Taupo Quay, Warehouse end, Taupo Quay/Liffiton St and Heads Rd.

BIG SCREENS

Keep up with the action on the two found at Suzuki Corner, one in front of the Super Stand, the other in front of the Suzuki sponsor's box.

LIQUOR

If you must, a limit of a dozen per person. No exceptions, and ID will be required.

RIDERS TO WATCH

Hot riders to watch as day forecast to be a sizzler

SUPERBIKES

It is the largest field of Formula I and Formula II riders on record and the cat is truly among the pigeons in the feature superbike racing after four-time reigning champion Andrew Stroud crashed out of contention at Manfeild.

Stroud will still make an appearance riding a Britain bike during a demonstration lap.

Christchurch's Dennis Charlett (Suzuki GSX-R1000) leads the F1 class by just seven points from Wellington's Sloan Frost (BMW S1000RR), with a trio of Suzuki stars in Auckland's Ray Clee, New Plymouth's Hayden Fitzgerald and Feilding's Craig Shirriffs just a handful of points further back.

Locally, Jayden Carrick is in great form in the Formula II class his first season on the 600cc bikes has him third in the series on his Suzuki GSX-R600.

Auckland's Jaden Hassan (Yamaha R6) leads by 18 points from Invercargill's Jeremy Holmes (Honda CBR600RR), with Carrick 12 further points back.

Hassan changed his mind about not competing in Wanganui, suggesting he really wants to keep Carrick, or Holmes, from claiming the title.

CLASSICS

Wanganui's Colin Tate rode his Dominator 750cc to pick up his tenth Open Modified Class series championship for pre-1963 bikes at Manfeild in November.

On his Norton Manx 500cc, Tate brought home his third 500cc championship as well.

PRE'89

Hawke's Bay's Eddie Kattenberg is leading this series on his 1989 Yamaha FZR1000. A national TT champion in 1987 and veteran of the 1988-89 World Superbike Championships, Kattenberg has made his comeback from his 1992 retirement.

LEGEND OF THE MEETING

If you followed the sport in the mid-1970s, then you knew all about Pat Hennen.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer won three of five Marlboro Series which all culminated on Cemetery Circuit.

WEATHER

A few showers are forecast but the northeasterly winds should drop away.

It'll be warm, with a high of 27C forecast.

- WANGANUI CHRONICLE

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