Sunday, July 28

HYOSUNG's $10,000 TRIPLE...

THE very popular Hyosung Cup series enters its third running when the 2013-14 series kicks off at Hampton Downs on September 22 and although that is two months away, there are just seven places left on the starting grid!

Around the world motorcycle racing grids have been shrinking and series promoters have spent a huge amount of time and money to reverse that. In the world championship grand prix series, the lower order Moto3 and Moto2 classes are fully subscribed but the MotoGP class is still light on entries.

Over in the Superbike World Championship, entries have dropped alarmingly over the past five years as that series' Italian promoters tried to compete with MotoGP, and allowed teams to build bikes that were halfway towards a full-on MotoGP machine.

Now the Spanish promotional company Dorna Sports has taken over the reins, major cost reductions are planned.

Dorna Sports is an international sports management, marketing and media company, founded in 1988 and has its headquarters in Madrid, Spain with branch offices and subsidiaries in Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo. The company's major shareholders are the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and Bridepoint Capital, a London-based private equity group.

No doubt there is a lot of expertise involved, but down in the engine room of the New Zealand motorcycle industry - Auckland's Barry's Point Road - all this high-flying chatter is eschewed.

Instead, there is a typically pragmatic Kiwi approach.

So what if there is international television audience, pumped-up 'umbrella' girls, prima donna Italian legends, child prodigies and all the rest of the GP palaver?

Instead there is racing! And plenty of it.

From the series kick-off in late September through to early April next year, there will be ten races over five rounds, all at Hampton Downs in the Waikato.

The top ten series place getters will share the $10,000 prize purse at the end of the series and a close eye will be kept on the level of machine 'preparation'. There will be no sudden 10 km/h increases in top speeds, as the FIM has turned a blind-eye to in its Superstock 1000 Championship.

Nor will there be any illegally modified airboxes.

You take your lively GT250R V-twin, fit some stickier tyres, brake pads of your choice and an accessory exhaust can and you're away.

For full details, contact Hyosung New Zealand at 09 486 2873, or visit its excellent website here