Former Suzuki and Yamaha 500cc Grand Prix rider, Graeme Crosby, is the latest star to confirm his attendance at the West Country’s largest motorcycle race meeting, the Castle Combe Grand National, which takes place at the Wiltshire track on Saturday 31st August – Sunday 1st September 2019.
The New Zealander scored ten podium finishes at World Championship level, as well as holding the distinction of being the only person to have won the Daytona 200, the Imola 200, the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race, and at the Isle of Man TT.
After his international motorcycle racing career, he returned to New Zealand to become a commercial airline pilot and also competed in car racing, winning the 1992 New Zealand Touring Car Championship.
‘Croz’ as he is known to his legions of fans, will join four-times World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty and Bennetts BSB front-runner Tommy Bridewell meeting fans over the weekend. It’s 30 years since Foggy took a memorable win at the ‘King of Combe’ meeting, setting a lap record on his 750 Honda whilst local hero Bridewell will also be on hand as he bids for his first BSB title on the Oxford Racing Ducati V4 R.
Another one of Britain’s greatest motorcycle racers, the legendary Barry Sheene, will also be commemorated at the meeting. Sheene, who went on to win the 1976 and 1977 500cc World Championship, took victory at Castle Combe aboard his Bultaco back in 1969, so plans are afoot to celebrate his 50-year association with the circuit as well as his extraordinary career with displays and parades exclusively to do with Barry and his bikes over the years.
Graeme Crosby commented on the news: “Living here in New Zealand means I don’t get exposed to a lot of events in the UK but as I have never been to the Castle Combe track, I am looking forward to it. I will be out in the parade on a 1981 Factory Suzuki 500cc that I used to win the 1981 British 500cc Championship with the Texaco Heron Suzuki Team. The bike belongs to Steve Wheatman and will bring back some fantastic memories for me and hopefully the fans too.”
In addition, there will be the usual packed programme of racing organised by NG Road Racing Club and featuring a number of major championships over the weekend. With some of the best club race action in the country which always leads to packed grids, Race Director Steve Bostock and his team will once again deliver an end of summer feast which last year included some brilliant racing over the weekend.
- For further information on the Motorcycle Grand National event, head over to www.bikesatcombe.com
Pictures attached (courtesy of www.graemecrosby.com): Graeme Crosby portrait and also in action on the Marlboro Agostini Yamaha in 1982.