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MotoGP Presence Grows at '11 Thundersprint

Friday, January 21, 2011
Steve Parrish
Steve Parrish is a veteran after participating in the 2010 Thundersprint contest.
Grand Prix racing is very much the theme of this year's Thundersprint, held in Northwich, Cheshire, over the weekend of May 7/8. And there are no more recognizable faces on the current GP scene than BBC TV's Steve Parrish and Matt Roberts.
 
Steve is a hardened Thundersprint veteran having survived inspecting the tight, town centre track at 6.30 am, followed by a solid ten hours of meeting fans last year – and he is still keen on coming back for more in 2011.
 
Both Steve and Matt will be at the Thundersprint all weekend beginning with guest appearances at the Thundersprint Bike Show on Saturday 7 May, followed by hosting: “A Night of Grand Prix Entertainment” at Northwich Memorial Hall theatre that same evening. Their packed weekend will finish with riding in the Thundersprint races on Sunday 8 May.

Steve said: “Having experienced the Thundersprint for the first time last year, I now understand the uniqueness of the event. It is a great motorcycle extravaganza the likes of which I have never seen before.
 
Matt Roberts with Valentino Rossi
Matt Roberts (left), seen here interviewing Valentino Rossi, will make a guest appearance at the bike show and will host “A Night of Grand Prix Entertainment.”
“This year is going to be particularly good and sharing the track with Cal Crutchlow, Chris Walker and Danny Webb means it’s going to be party time.”
 
Matt said: “I am delighted to have been asked down to the Thundersprint this year - it's an event I've been following with interest for years.
 
“I think it's a great concept and a fantastic opportunity to bring bike fans of all types and ages together, united by the one thing we all love.
 
“I also can't wait to share a track with some of the leading names in our sport. I'm used to watching them from the pit wall so to be out there with them will be an amazing experience for me.”

Thundersprint organizer Frank Melling said: “The best thing about Steve and Matt is that they are both hard core bike enthusiasts – as well as consummate broadcasting professionals. They are also real party people so, for sure, we're going to have a lively weekend in May.”

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