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2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed to play host to 15 World Champions

It is time for motorsports enthusiasts and gear heads to head out to the iconic Goodwood House estate for the ‘greatest show on earth,’ this year’s edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, from July 11-14.

This year’s 20th anniversary event makes the Festival of Speed a must see event, and besides all the cars, it will also play host to a number of classic and modern motorcycles and world-class riders, including fifteen World Champions, from various motorcycle disciplines.

Attending the event will be names like Kevin Schwantz, Kenny Roberts, and Freddy Spencer who will be riding his infamous Honda NSR500, and the legendary Giacomo Agostini who will take to the historic track with a MV Agusta.

20-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuiness will also be present along with other TT fames: Bruce Anstey, Ian Hutchinson, Alan Cathcart, Ian Mackman and Stuart Graham.

Randy Mamola will also be at the FOS. The former GP winner – but never world champion – was recently part of the promotional tour and test that took place at the new Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina last week.

Mamola took to the Argentinian track with Ducati’s Desmosedici two-seater, giving several of the 20,000 fans who turned up just to see the two-day test, a ride on a real MotoGP machine.

To celebrate Ducati’s tenth anniversary in GP racing, on display there will be the GP3, GP5 GP6, and Mamola will take Valentino Rossi’s former GP11 800cc bike on the uphill Goodwood track.

A number of World Superbike riders will also be present in the open paddock, from FIXI Suzuki’s Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel, to Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty (pictured) and BMW Goldbet’s Chaz Davies, and they’ll be riding their Superbikes.

Former two-time World Superbike champion James Toseland will be showing off the 52 Express – a jet-engined, wheel-driven bike, with which he’ll try to beat the official world motorcycle land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in September 2014.

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