Ex-500cc racer Fau set for Pre-TT Classic charge

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1981 Imatra Finland 500cc Grand Prix - Bernard Fau

FORMER 500cc World Motorcycle Grand Prix racer Bernard Fau is set to ruffle a few features as he heads to the Pre-TT Classic Road Races in May.

The Frenchman, who narrowly missed out on the podium during the 1981 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, heads to the Billown Course with nearly a decade of GP racing experience under his belt.

Fau finished second overall of the privateer riders in 1981 amidst a career in bike racing’s premier championship which spanned nine years from 1975 to 1983.

But the former Suzuki man is now set to take on the Southern 100 circuit with a 250cc twin and a 750cc four-cylinder Yamaha – the manufacturer with which he ended his grand prix tenure.

And Fau isn’t the only French rider ready for a Castletown invasion this summer. Among the 235 entries so far, his fellow countrymen include Isle of Man TT regular Timothée Monot, sidecar staple Patrick Geffray (who partners lady racer Sarah Stokoe) and newcomers Claude Derlannoy and passenger Daniel Giroud.

With a host of international riders set to storm the Billown course this season, racers are encouraged to get their entries in soon via www.southern100.com before the March 30 deadline.

*Image supplied by Bernard Fau

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