Bracing for the big race

Tauranga motorcyclist Andrew Hardisty will battle it out against riders from around New Zealand at the annual Paeroa Battle of the Streets on Sunday, February 21.


“The motorcycle street race is a one day high impact event that always runs on the third full weekend of February, traditionally the hottest weekend of the year,” says Andrew.
“It’s a challenging circuit that takes no prisoners and is a fantastic race day for spectators to enjoy.”
Eleven classes are running throughout the day including Post Classics, Formula 2, Junior Classes, Senior Classes, Formula 3 and Sidecars. Andrew will ride in the Formula 2 class on a 600cc bike and for ‘King of the Streets’, the 11th race of the day.
“It’s been 13 years since I last rode in the Paeroa Battle of the Streets,” says Andrew.
“There isn’t really a good way to prepare for this event. Being an open road, no one gets a chance to practice on it before race day. It’s a fair playground and everyone is on level footing going in.”
The 1.52km circuit tests riders over hills, into an ‘S’ bend, around a hair pin corner and up to speeds of 280km along the main straight.
The event is the largest sporting occasion in the Thames Valley and is one of the largest motorsport meetings in New Zealand.
SH2 will be shut through Paeroa between 6am and 6pm. Diversions are put in place to accommodate traffic. Free parking and camping are available for spectators.


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