History

New Zealand has a proud history of motorcycle racing both at home and internationally, reaching back over a century.

The New Zealand Tourist Trophy (TT) was first run in 1931, on the unsealed roads of Waiheke Island, and was won by Sid Moses, the man who later introduced decimal currency here. Kiwi racers have enjoyed great successes at the iconic Isle of Man TT over the years too. In 1948 Sid Jensen finished fifth in the Senior TT and twelfth in the Junior class; more recently Bruce Anstey claimed the prestigious Superbike TT title in 2015, following top three finishes for the previous 13 seasons.

In 1936, the first New Zealand Grand Prix was held at Cust, a famous gravel road racing circuit in the Waimakariri district outside of Christchurch. It became a traditional Easter event and volunteers had to sweep the course and lay used engine oil on the track to keep the dust down. Photos of the racers of the time show their faces covered in oil mist and oil splotches kicked up from the circuit by fellow competitors racing ahead of them. The 1948 event attracted an audience estimated at 10-20,000 people! The NZ GP is still held in the South Island every year, with the racing moving in 1964 to the sealed circuit at Ruapuna, now Mike Pero Motorsport Park.

According to a research study by Ken Duncan into the history of motorcycling in this country, New Zealand actually initiated the World Superbike Championship in a proposal to the FIM Congress in 1986-87.

In the year of its inception, New Zealand hosted the final round of the World Superbike Championship at Manfield on 2 October 1988, and went on to host rounds in 1989, 1990 and 1992. With interest in the sport on the rise, Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ) is working hard to make the NZSBK Championship become a major event on the nation’s sporting calendar once again.

A full history of kiwi motorcycling success is detailed in the MNZ Roll of Honour.

2017 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
2016 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 NZSBK CHAMPIONS

Superbike: Under Appeal
Superstock 1000: Jeremy Holmes, Invercargill – Honda CBR 1000S
Supersport 600: Damon Rees, Whakatane – Honda CBR 600RR
Superlite: Leigh Tidman, Taumarunui – Yamaha RS450
ProTwin: Dennis Charlett, Christchurch – Suzuki SV650
Lightweight: Andy McLaughlin, Christchurch – KTM RC390
250 Production: Campbell Grayling, Opunake – Kawasaki Ninja 250
125GP: Matthew Hoogenboezem, Christchurch – Honda RS125
Sidecars: Spike Taylor, Masterton, and Robbie Shorter, Tauranga – LCR GSXR100

2017 NZTT TITLE WINNERS

Superbike: Sloan Frost, Wellington
Superstock 1000: Hayden Fitzgerald, New Plymouth
Supersport 600: Alex Phillis, Australia
Superlite: Nathan Jane, Whangaparoa
ProTwin: Dennis Charlett, Christchurch
Lightweight: Jacob Stroud, Hamilton
250 production: Campbell Grayling, Opunake
125GP: Matthew Hoogenboeze, Christchurch
Sidecars: Barry Smith and Tracey Bryan

2017 NZGP CHAMPIONS

Superbike: Sloan Frost
Superstock 1000: Jeremy Homes
Supersport 600: Damon Rees
Superlite: Chris Defori
ProTwin: Dennis Charlett
Lightweight: Andy McLaughlin
250 Production: Campbell Grayling
125GP: Matthew Hoogenboezem
Sidecars: Spike Taylor and Robbie Shorter

2016 NZSBK CHAMPIONS

Superbike: Sloan Frost, Wellington – Suzuki GSXR1000L2
Superstock 1000: Toby Summers, Auckland – Kawasaki ZX10R
Supersport 600: Daniel Mettam, Auckland – Suzuki GSXR 600
Superlite: Jacob Stroud – Yamaha R6
ProTwin: Bailie Perriton
Lightweight: Dennis Charlett, Christchurch – KTM RC390
250 Production: Lewis Dray, Ashburton – Kawasaki Ninja 250
125GP: Rogan Chandler, Upper Hutt – Honda RS125
Sidecars: Colin Buckley and Robbie Shorter, Tauranga

2016 NZTT TITLE WINNERS

Superbike: Sloan Frost
Supersport: Daniel Mettam
Superlite: Jacob Stroud
ProTwin: Baillie Perriton
Lightweight: Dennis Charlett
250 Production: Jacob Stroud
125GP: Rogan Chandler
Sidecars: Stu Dawe and Ben Bygrave

2016 NZGP CHAMPIONS

Superbike: Sloan Frost
Supersport: Cameron Hudson
Superlite: Shaun Harris
ProTwin: Dennis Charlett
Lightweight: Dennis Charlett
250 Production: Lewis Dray
125GP: Rogan Chandler
Sidecars: C Buckley and R Shorter