21 August 2013
Barry Sheene tribute at Silverstone MotoGP
"It will evoke a lot of great memories. His son Freddie will also be riding and I'm sure Barry will be looking down on him, telling Freddie to go past me" - Steve Parrish.
To mark 10 years since the passing of the late, great Barry Sheene, Silverstone will be hosting a Tribute Parade to one of Britain's most popular and successful motorcycle racers on the Sunday of the 2013 British MotoGP.
Taking place between the Moto2 and MotoGP races, on September 1, the Tribute Parade will feature several of Barry's family, former team-mates and rivals, riding a selection of the race bikes that the two-time world champion rode during an illustrious career.
While Sheene never won his home race, his battle with Kenny Roberts around Silverstone at the 1979 British Grand Prix is widely hailed as one of the greatest motorcycle Grands Prix of all time.
Barry's Factory Suzuki XR27, the bike he rode in that famous duel with Roberts, is one of four Sheene classics that will be ridden around the Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone.
Other bikes include the 1975 Sheene Factory Suzuki XR14 - the first bike that Barry won a 500cc GP on, at Assen; a 1975 Suzuki TR750 - the sister bike, ridden by Barry's team-mate, to the one Sheene crashed at Daytona; and his 1981 Akai Yamaha, which he rode to fourth in the Championship standings.
Several of Barry's family will be riding in the Tribute Parade, including his son Freddie, brother-in-law Paul Smart, himself a former grand prix racer, and nephew Scott Smart, who is currently riding in British Supersport.
Former team-mate Steve Parrish is also confirmed to take part in the parade, as is friend and on-track rival Randy Mamola, who will be riding his original 1980 Factory Suzuki XR34M1. Barry's daughter, Sidonie Sheene, will also be attending on the day.
Parrish, Sheene's team-mate in '77 and '79, and one of his closest friends, took the 1979 Suzuki XR27 for a test ride leading up to the event.
“The tribute to Barry will be a fantastic spectacle and will mean a great deal to the fans coming along to the British Grand Prix,” said Parrish. “There will be a lot of fans of my generation who remember Barry Sheene, as well as younger fans who, while they wouldn't have seen Barry race, will have heard a great deal about him.
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