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Superbike legend Carl “Foggy” Fogarty will take part in motorcycling’s most madcap festival of fun in King’s Lynn this summer.

The man who clocked up an unparalleled 59 World Superbike victories will line up for Dirt Quake V at the Adrian Flux Arena for the annual celebration of alternative bike racing.

Fogarty, who became well-known to a mass TV audience after he was crowned King of the Jungle on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… in 2014, will take his place on July 16 alongside a colourful collection of opponents riding the types of bike that were never intended for racing around a speedway circuit.

Carl Fogarty

Carl Fogarty in action

Gary Inman, editor of organisers Sideburn magazine, described the event as “a motorcycle race meeting like no other with TT racers on Harley Choppers and ballerinas on superbikes, all racing around a world class track with a Wall of Death set up in the middle”.

Of Fogarty’s participation, he said: “He’s one of the most famous British motorcyclists of all-time, a proper hero, multiple world champion and a real bloke, so it’s fantastic he’s willing to get down and dirty at Dirt Quake V.”

The event is a chance for riders like Fogarty, who spent a career at the top of world motorsport, to let their hair down and just enjoy the thrill of racing for fun.

“It looks like a weekend of fun and madness, and I like that kind of thing,” he said.

“You can enter any kind of bike, any kind of class – Triumph are sorting me a bike, and I’m sure it will be something big and powerful, something way too fast for me and way too fast for the track! But that’s the fun of it.

  • Dirt Quake 2015
    Action from Dirt Quake 2015

“The key thing is to enjoy it,” added the seven-time world champion, an ambassador for event sponsors Bikesure. “When I was racing I kind of never enjoyed actually riding bikes because I was so focused on winning – there was pressure from myself and from fans.

“Now I’m enjoying riding bikes more than when I was racing; I love riding bikes and I’m looking forward to a great fun weekend.”

Other famous faces to have appeared at Dirt Quake in the past include Guy Martin, former MP Lembit Opik, presenter and actor Charley Boorman and Skunk Anansie’s Mark Richardson.

Gerry Bucke, general manager at Bikesure, said: “If you haven’t been to Dirt Quake before, you’re missing the most extraordinary weekend of racing in the country, with bikes from the sublime to the ridiculous. We’re delighted to welcome Carl this year – a real chance to see a true motorcycling great in action.”

As well as the main event on the afternoon of Saturday, July 16, there is a full DTRA racing programme on the Friday night, while entertainment includes the world famous Ken Fox Wall of Death, a children’s BMX race, a custom bike display, live music, a bar and DJs.

Tickets for Saturday are priced at £15 for adults, £5 for 11 to 16-year-olds and under 11s go free.

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