Winning formula for Henderson Harley-Davidson
6th January 2009
An overall prize fund of £50,000 plus additional
product is set to increase the already high level
of interest in the recently announced Henderson Harley-Davidson
XR1200™ Trophy one-make race series for 2009.
The attractive package includes £2,000 and a
full set of Dunlop tyres – one front and two
rears – for every race win.
Prizes of £250 are also on offer for the pole
setter and fastest lap of the race to ensure an even
spread of winners, while a full set of Dunlop tyres
for the following round will be awarded to the Man
of the Meeting at each event on the calendar. A road-going
version of the Harley-Davidson XR1200™ motorcycle
is also up for grabs for the series champion.
The prize fund is set to make the cost of entry to
the series an even more interesting prospect for individual
riders and Harley-Davidson UK and Ireland dealers
who are planning to support a team. It will also help
to keep the grid full for the whole season, which
will run from the opening round at Brands Hatch on
11-13 April until the penultimate round of the British
Superbike Championship at Silverstone on 25-27 September.
The series will now run at eight events across the
calendar with double-headers taking place at the popular
Donington Park and Cadwell Park race circuits. Harley-Davidson
UK & Ireland has confirmed that the cost of the
race bike will be £12,999. This includes a Harley-Davidson
XR1200™ motorcycle, full race kit supplied by
Harris Performance, a Termignoni exhaust and a set
of race series-branded BKS leathers.
In addition, entrants will need to pay the entry
fee of £1,800 direct to race series organisers
MSVR and a preferential deal has been agreed with
tyre manufacturer Dunlop. The partnership will see
all entrants getting one set of free tyres for the
first and last round of the championship, as well
as tyres for the remainder of the season at a reduced
cost. The deal ensures that the maximum cost for tyres
for the whole season would be £2,397.
“We’re really pleased with the package
that we have pulled together for the series in a relatively
short space of time,” says Harley-Davidson UK
& Ireland Marketing Manager Greg Willis. “Thanks
to strong partnership agreements with title sponsor
Henderson Insurance Brokers and tyre supplier Dunlop,
we have been able to offer a very attractive prize
fund package for the series.
“One issue that we were conscious of was ensuring
that we did not focus all of the prizes on first place.
Some entrants may never win a race, but that is not
to say that they will not improve throughout the season
or reach other achievements and we have measures in
place to ensure that the rewards are distributed fairly.
This should help to keep motivation high and provide
an exciting and competitive race series on a realistic