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MOTO1 Rider Line-up Announced
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MOTO1 Rider Line-up Announced - October 21st 2004

    Some of the UKıs leading motorcycle sports stars are set to do battle as the 24-rider line-up was announced last night for the first ever Moto1 challenge at Donington Park on October 30-31.

    The 24 champions of motorcycle sport will compete in two legs of four disciplines; trials, motocross, supermoto and road racing, all to discover Britainıs best.

    Of the nine road race aces lining up it is British Supersport champion and former youth motocross sensation Karl Harris who is confident of taking victory and the £6000 first prize.

    Harris faces road race opposition from fellow Supersport stars Stuart Easton, Michael Laverty, Craig Jones, Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes and from Superbike riders Kieran Clarke, Jon Kirkham and Dean Ellison.

    Former European Stunt Riding Champion Craig Jones joins the action along with World stars from trials ­ Graham Jarvis and Sam Connor.

    The tough guys of motocross vying for the Moto1 title include Scotsmen David Campbell, Billy Mackenzie and Vic Allan M.B.E. while England is represented by brothers Danny and Jody Smyth.

    An accomplished list of enduro riders is led by World Championship runner-up David Knight from the Isle of Man, joined by his brother and 2002 British Champion Juan. Twice British four-stroke enduro champion Wayne Braybrook and twice 125cc British champion Edward Jones may well offer the surprise package.

    Motorcyclingı newest sport, Supermoto, fields Moto1ıs only female rider Anita Doran, all-rounder Ady Smith and new British Champion David Tougher. A complete list of the Moto1 line-up is below.

    Weıre very excited by the talented and experienced entry we have for the first Moto1,² said event Managing Director Robbie Allan. ³With little more than a week to go the riders are all finalising their preparations for the four sports ­ itıs very difficult to predict who will win.

    Moto1 ­ News in brief - 9 days to go

    Tyre giants Pirelli and Dunlop have both pledged their support to the inaugural Moto1 event.

    R1 Yamaha-riding ³Little Laugh² ­ a celebrity comedian in his native Switzerland - is a late entry to the final round of the World Stunt Riding Championship at Moto1.

    SKY Sports will broadcast five hours of the Moto1 action, starting on November 17 at 5pm.

    Any marshals interested in assisting at the Moto1 event can contact the marshals co-ordinator Sue Wale on 01162 770458.

    The Mansfield Maun Motorcycle Club is running an Experts and Clubmans trial at Moto1.

    Qualifying for the World Stunt Riding Championship will take place at 1pm on Saturday October 30, in the Melbourne Loop section of the Donington Park circuit.

    Freestyle motocross demonstrations at Moto1 are being organised by Gary Taylor, son of the late wheelie king Dave Taylor.

    Trials test rides are available at Moto1, courtesy of Colin Appleyard Motorcycles.

    Moto 1 line-up

    VIC ALLAN M.B.E. - 59, Garlogie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Former Scottish and British motocross champion. Holds record for most GB team appearances in Moto Cross des Nations. K.R.C. 2003 600cc road race champion.
  1. WAYNE BRAYBROOK - 34, Bury, Lancs, England. 1988 British Clubmans trials champion. Winner of 2000 Scott trial. 2002 and 2004 British four-stroke enduro champion.
  2. DAVID CAMPBELL - 33, Irvine, Scotland. 2003-04 British four-stroke motocross champion.
  3. KIERAN CLARKE - 19, Langley Mill, Notts, England. British Superbike Championship rider. Third in 2003 R6 Cup. Former schoolboy motocross champion and supermoto rider.
  4. SAM CONNOR - 24, Twickenham, London, England. World Trials Championship rider. Third in 2003 British Championship. Former Youth Champion.
  5. CAL CRUTCHLOW - 18, Coventry, England. 2001 Aprilia 125 Challenge winner. Second in 2003 R6 Yamaha Cup. 10th in 2004 British Supersport Champs.
  6. ANITA DORAN - 24, Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Ten years racing motocross in UK and America. Grade B1 Supermoto winner in 2003.
  7. STUART EASTON - 20, Hawick, Border, Scotland. British Superbike and Supersport Championship rider. 2002 British Supersport Champion. Former motocross and supermoto competitor.
  8. DEAN ELLISON - 26, Kendal, Cumbria, England. Three years in British Superbike, World Superbike, Endurance and Supersport. Ridden trials, supermoto and motocross.
  9. LEIGHTON HAIGH - 29, Scunthorpe, Humbs, England. Former motocross and sand racer. 2003 British 450cc Supermoto Champion.
  10. KARL HARRIS - 24, Sheffield, England. Three times British Supersport Champion. 1999 European Superstock Champion. Former youth motocross champion.
  11. GRAHAM JARVIS - 29, Harrogate, N. Yorks, England. World Trials Championship rider. Reigning British Trials Champion. Winner of 10 Youth titles.
  12. CRAIG JONES (RR) - 19, Northwich, Cheshire, England. 1994 minimoto champion. 2002 Junior Superstock Champion. Eighth in 2004 British Supersport champs.
  13. CRAIG JONES (Stunt) - 36, Birmingham, England. Harley-Davidson/Buell factory stunt rider. European Stunt Riding Champion in 2003.
  14. EDWARD JONES - 24, Llanidloes, Powys, Wales. 2001-02 125cc British Enduro Champion. Winner of five ISDE gold medals. Runner-up in 2003 British Enduro Champs.
  15. JON KIRKHAM - 19, Derby, England. British Superbike rider, finished second in 2004 Cup champs.
  16. DAVID KNIGHT - 26, Ballaugh, Isle of Man. World Enduro Championship rider. Five times British Enduro Champion. Former trials, supermoto and road race competitor. Three times winner of Weston Beach Race.
  17. JUAN KNIGHT - 29, Andreas, Isle of Man. 2002 British Enduro Champion. Winner of Manx trials (seven times), enduro (twice) and motocross (once) titles.
  18. MICHAEL LAVERTY - 23, Toombridge, N. Ireland. Third in 2004 British Supersport champs. 1995 Irish Schoolboy Motocross Champion.
  19. BILLY MACKENZIE - 29, Edinburgh, Scotland. Multi schoolboy motocross champion. Winner of Sheffield Supercross.
  20. ADY SMITH - 39, Burton-on-Trent, Derbys, England. Six times British Enduro champion. 2001 British Supermoto Champion. Former trials rider.
  21. DANNY SMYTH - 28, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, England. Sixth in 2004 British MX2 motocross champs. Third in 2004 British four-stroke champs.
  22. JODY SMYTH - 26, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, England. Fourth in 2004 British four-stroke motocross champs. 14th in 2004 British Open motocross champs.
  23. TOM SYKES - 19, Huddersfield, England. Second in 2002 Junior Superstock Champs. Fifth in 2004 British Supersport Champs.
  24. DAVID TOUGHER - 36, Lisburn, N. Ireland. Three times British schoolboy motocross champion. Seven times Irish Supermoto champion. 2004 British Open Supermoto champion.
  25. For more news, visit www.moto1.org.