News 24 Mar 2010

Oz RR: Willing and Johnson confirmed for Bike Bonanza

The HBBB will display some of Australia's old school talent.

The HBBB will display some of Australia's old school talent.

Two of Australia’s most successful road racers of the 1970s, Warren Willing and Greg Johnson, who last met on the track in the 1979 North West 200 in Northern Ireland, will return to the track again for the 2010 Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza (HBBB) next month.

For Willing, their last race together spelt the end of his riding career in a smash that left him with severe leg injuries, while Johnson went on to finish in third place.

The 2010 HBBB, a non-competitive event that will see track action across almost every motorcycle sporting discipline, will provide the perfect opportunity for the two riders to take to the tracks together once more.

Willing will ride a 1972 TD3 Yamaha owned by Melbourne enthusiast Peter Smith, while Johnson will ride the ECCO Engineering 1000 cc BMW, built by ‘Gyro’ Carless and formerly raced by the late Kenny Blake.

The BMW was built for the BEARS (British, European, and American Racing) class and reached 162 mph (260.6 km/h) at Melbourne’s Sandown Park in Blake’s hands.

Prior to his departure for Europe in 1978, Johnson was at the very top of the competitive Australian scene and set the all-time motorcycle lap record for the Phillip Island track in its original form before it was rebuilt in 1986.

Australian Unlimited Road Racing Champion in 1976, Willing carved out a new career in Team Management and as a highly sought after technician in Moto GP following his accident. He guided Kenny Roberts Junior to the 500cc World Championship in 2000, and has worked for Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM, and Team Roberts at GP level.

Willing and Johnson are just two of the famous names that will appear at Broadford this Easter.

As well as the non-stop action on the Road Racing circuit, there will be a packed program of Speedway Solos and Sidecars, Observed Trials, Enduros, and Motocross machines from all eras.