The new Motorcycle Wheelie World Champion Egbert Van Popta, Netherlands stunned the crowd with a run at 214.669mph but just dropped the front wheel down between the timing beams for a fail so over 210 mph was looking a distinct possibility. Sure enough Egbert didn't disappoint with 213.309mph to set a new motorcycle wheelie world record. A huge cheer went up from the crowd and Egbert was congratulated on his return to the pits by previous record holder Gary Rothwell from Liverpool. Gary was indeed second quickest on 206.049mph, just shy of his 200.8mph record. Third in the competition, all the way from Minneapolis USA, was Cecil "Bubba" Myers on his third visit to the event. He astonished everyone with a stunning new personal best close to 200mph with a 197mph, his previous a 134.4mph.
|New Motorcycle Wheelie World Champion World Egbert van Popta, Netherlands wheelieing at (photo Phil Evans)|
Egbert brought along three other riders for the first time this year, Kees Vogel was straight on the case posting three successful attempts on Saturday and then improving to 129.811mph on his Triumph Daytona 955. Vincent Hoogerwart, yes a commentators nightmare of a name, late on Sunday managed a kilo wheelie at 143.650mph . Unlucky not to be the first female rider to achieve a kilo wheelie was Kimberly Davy Schyven, Netherlands. Her best with the front wheel up through the timing beams was 141.518mph unfortunately Kimberly had dropped the front wheel down at half track for a fail.
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