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XR1200 Trophy Revamped

23rd March 2009

Harley-Davidson UK and its associated partners are pleased to announce their increased commitment to the Henderson Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy. The brand new race series, which was originally due to take place at ten rounds of the 2009 British Superbike Championship (BSB), has been revamped and will now run in a two-stage format over the next two years.

The 2009 season will be a testing and development year. Harley-Davidson will run a selection of race bikes at every BSB event and use legendary motorcycle racers to help develop them ahead of an exciting World Cup event at Silverstone in September. Riders from other European XR1200 race series will also be invited to compete against an all-star British team – completing the testing programme in style.

Title sponsor of the series, Henderson Insurance Brokers, tyre supplier Dunlop and race kit manufacturer Harris Performance will continue to be involved in the 2009 development programme and will be working together to ensure that the race series is a thundering success in 2010. Dealer and individual registrations for the 2010 race series will open on 27 September 2009.

“We’re really excited to be able to extend the Henderson Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy race series over two years,” explains Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland Marketing Manager Greg Willis. “We’re following the already-successful model of the Italian XR1200 race series, which featured an extended lead-in programme before a one-off competitive event at the end of the first year.

“The UK championship will run as originally planned in 2010 and is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate the bike’s capabilities on the track. With an entry price of around £12,000, it will also be one of the cheapest national racing classes.”