Barry Sheene MBE (September 11, 1950 - March 10, 2003) was a British motorcycle champion who migrated to Australia in the late 1980s. He became the British 125cc champion aged just 20, and finished second in the World Championship for that class a year later. A spectacular crash at Daytona in 1975 threatened to end his career, breaking his left leg, right arm, collarbone and two ribs, yet he recovered and was racing again shortly afterwards.
In 1976, he won five grands prix races, bringing him the world title, a feat he repeated the following year. Following his retirement in 1984 after stints with Suzuki and Yamaha, Sheene moved to Australia. While living on a property on the Gold Coast, Sheene combined a property development business with a role as a commentator on motor sport, first at the Nine Network with the famously loud Darrell Eastlake, then moving with the TV coverage of the Motorcycle Grands Prix to Network Ten.
In later years, Sheene continued his passion for motorcycle racing by getting involved in historic motorcycle racing. He lost his battle with cancer on 10 March 2003 and is survived by his wife Stephanie and two children, Sidonie and Freddie.
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) in consultation with the Sheene family developed the concept of honouring Barry with a Tribute Ride from Bairnsdale to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit during the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix each year. The Tribute Ride finishes with a lap of the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. The ride is known as the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride (the Ride).
The Ride also incorporates a dinner the night prior at the Bairnsdale RSL. The dinner successfully raises funds for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix’s official charity for that year by auctioning off MotoGP™ memorabilia donated by event partners and motor sport personnel.
Nearly 10,000 riders have taken part in the Ride since its inception in 2003, with approximately 500 riders taking part in 2016. 2017 will mark the 15th year anniversary of the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride.
The Ride departs on Thursday 19 October from Main Street, Bairnsdale at 8:30am. Riders will travel along the Princes Highway to Morwell where there will be a stopover for lunch at approximately 10:30am. At 11:30am, the Ride will continue and riders will travel through the winding hills of the Strzelecki Highway and along the Bass Highway past Inverloch and Wonthaggi to San Remo. Here, the Ride will regroup and conclude with a lap around the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit at approximately 2:25pm.
Be a part of the 15th Annual Barry Sheene Tribute Dinner on Wednesday 18 October at the Bairnsdale RSL. Enjoy live entertainment, hear from guest speakers and support the annual charity auction.
Bookings are essential. For more information contact Bairnsdale RSL on 03 5152 3928.
The Lions Club of Churchill will have a variety of hot and cold food and drinks available at the 10:30am Morwell lunch stop at Kernot Hall. We appreciate the support from the Lions Club, so we encourage participants to take advantage of their hard work.
All bikes will be scrutineered between 7:00am and 8:00am. Once approved, the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride sticker will be placed on your front windscreen for identification along the Ride and to gain entry to the circuit for the tribute lap on completion of the Ride. The number of riders taking part is capped at 1,000 to ensure that the controlled lap of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is completed on time and with minimal disruption to the on-track program.
Registration is free. All riders are encouraged to register online; this will avoid having to fill out any paperwork on the morning of the Ride. Riders will have their name ticked off and have their bike scrutineered on the morning of the Ride
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The participant will ride his/her bike from Bairnsdale to the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit (via the Princes, Strzelecki and Bass Highways) and complete one display lap of the race track. As the Activity is conducted primarily on public roads, participants are subject to Victorian road rules and directions issued by Victoria Police.
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Public roads between Bairnsdale and the Phillip Island circuit and the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit and race track.
• Are a rider under the age of 18 years
• Do not have a valid motorcycle licence (riders only - pillion passengers do not require a licence)
• Recent stroke, surgery or illness
• Heart or respiratory conditions, or cardiac disease
• The influence of drugs or alcohol (blood-alcohol content of 0.00%)
• Prescription medication that may adversely affect participation in the activity
• Any other pre-existing medical or physical condition that prevents safe participation
Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC), the Crown in right of the State of Victoria, the Minister administering the Australian Grands Prix Act 1994 (Vic), Dorna S.L and all its affiliate companies, Dorna Worldwide Freight Services b.v., Dorna Worldwide S.L., Externpro S.L., Motor Medical Team S.L., FIM, International Events Services SL, Promotor Special Events Worldwide SL, National Motorcycle Federation, PI Circuit Pty Ltd, PI Graydens Pty Ltd, PI Sunrise-McGuigan Pty Ltd, PI Visitor Centre Pty Ltd, PI Operations Pty Ltd, Linfox Property Group Pty Ltd, Fox Group Holdings Pty Ltd, International Road Racing Teams Association, Motorcycling Australia Ltd and Motorcycling Victoria, teams, service companies, national and international officials, race direction, clerks of the course, sporting technical stewards, timekeepers, marshals, sponsors, all VIP guests from the above mentioned bodies, all other interested parties for their rights and interests involved in the conduct, promotion and organisation of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, and their respective personnel.
Organisers also includes suppliers of infrastructure and other equipment used to enable the Activity to take place, as well as sponsors of the Activity.
The risks of the Activity include (but are not limited to):
• Collision of the bike with other bikes, motor vehicles or other fixed or moving objects
• Negligence of the rider of the bike or passengers on the bike or others involved in the Activity, including on other bikes
• Bike mechanical failure
• Failure of safety equipment
• Defect in the venue including dangerously positioned debris or equipment or failure or unsuitability of facilities at the Venue (including defects in the maintenance of public roads)
• Changing weather conditions
• Bike fire
• Negligence of organisers, including failure to protect you from risks and hazards of the Activity
• Acts of violence and other harmful acts (whether intentional or inadvertent) committed by persons attending the venue or participating in the Activity
By participating in the Activity you are at risk of suffering (but are not limited to):
• Serious injury or death
• Brain damage
• Broken bones or joint or limb injury
• Blackout or fainting
• Burns, cuts and abrasions
• Damage to your clothes and personal equipment