Mike Pero MotoFest 2019 will be the homecoming of a Kiwi hero that is sure to excite the motorbike community when MotoFest repeats its spectacular celebration of motorcycling at Hampton Downs in March.
Taihape-born Kiwi international Simon Crafar will make a rare return to New Zealand on March 2-3 next year, arriving as a special guest for the second annual Mike Pero MotoFest extravaganza at the North Waikato racing circuit, near Meremere.
MotoFest promises excellence on all fronts, with former champions (and perhaps future ones too), from across the entire motorcycling spectrum, all coming together for a spectacular two days of action at Hampton Downs and it will also the same weekend be hosting the third round of five in the 2019 New Zealand Superbike Championships.
The jam-packed weekend will be a unique Kiwi festival of motorcycling, with speed, power, poise, balance, daring and high-octane expression by the bucket-load.
Crafar will certainly be an additional draw-card for the event, a small-town Kiwi boy who spread his wings, tasted motorcycle road-racing glory at the ultimate level and went on to craft a career as coach to the stars.
Respected internationally, he is now sought-after as advisor and commentator on the MotoGP scene, mixing and mingling with the likes of Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.
In addition to meeting and greeting fans and catching up with friends and family at MotoFest, Crafar will be running the Legends Rider Clinic on Thursday, February 28, and he will be riding several bikes of note in the Legends Track Sessions. He will attend signing sessions and the Celebration Dinner on the Saturday night of MotoFest.
MotoFest will run with the same format that was introduced last time around and will again include the popular Kawasaki Trail Ride, Motul Trials Challenge, Star Insurance Bike Show, Alpine Stars Dinner event, Shoei Classic, as well as the national championship superbike racing. For the first time, ACC’s Shiny Side Up Bike Fest will also be running in conjunction with MotoFest.
Please check with the event organiser prior to the event to confirm any cancellations or changes to the event.