The Club took to the main stage at Motorcycle Live on Saturday 18 November to reveal the contenders for the coveted 2017 Torrens Trophy, won last year by MotoGP racer Cal Crutchlow for being the first British rider to win a premier class World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix in 35 years.
Barrie Baxter, Chairman of the Torrens Trophy Nominations Committee, said: ‘We are delighted to have teamed up once again with Motorcycle Live. It seems only appropriate to announce the contenders of one of the most prestigious industry trophies at the UK’s largest bike show. The Torrens Trophy celebrates an individual or organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to motor cycling in Britain, many of which can be seen here today.’
The Torrens Trophy will be presented at the prestigious Pall Mall clubhouse in the New Year. In no particular order, the shortlisted nominees for the 2017 Torrens Trophy are:
Jonathan Rea: Jonathan Rea made history during 2017 when he became the first rider to win three consecutive World Superbike crowns. Son of Isle of Man TT winner Johnny Rea, the 30-year-old from Larne in Northern Ireland moved to Kawasaki in 2015 and has been just about unbeatable ever since. Last season he won 16 of 26 World Superbike races, amassing an all-time record points haul.
Sam Sunderland: The Dakar is almost certainly the world’s toughest motorsport event. Sam Sunderland’s victory in the 2017 Dakar made history, because he is the first British rider to win the off-road endurance event since its inception in 1979. This ultra-gruelling rally raid had Sunderland and his KTM racing several hundred miles every day through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.
Leon Haslam: The Haslam family is one of Britain’s great bike-racing families. Leon has raced in MotoGP, World Superbikes and British Superbikes, following his father Ron. He was in the hunt for the 2017 BSB title until a technical failure caused him to crash at 170 mph. Despite a broken wrist and ankle, Leon made sure he was there to congratulate winner Shakey Byrne. Leon is a true sportsman.
The Club’s Torrens Trophy Nominations Committee consists of Chairman and ex-bike racer, Barrie Baxter, Club member, Ben Cussons, well-respected motorcycle journalist, Mat Oxley, former racer and commentator, Steve Parrish, Club member, Richard Bourne (son of motor cycle journalist, Arthur Bourne, whom the Trophy is awarded in memory of), and new to the committee is Queen of Bikers Maria Costello MBE, who has held the Guinness World Record for being the fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course.
Click here to read more about the Torrens Trophy.