Thundersport 500

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The Thundersport 500 is a three-make motorcycle racing series organised by the UK Club Thundersport Ltd. Until 2009, the series was called the Honda CB500 Cup, before the rules were changed to allow the use of Kawasaki ER-5 and Suzuki GS500 motorcycles. Limited modifications are allowed and many are for safety reasons only.

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Sébastien Charpentier dominated the inaugural French CB500 Cup in 1996. The UK series began a year later and was won by James Toseland, whose reward was a contract with the Castrol Honda European Supersport team. Honda France also took Charpentier to the European Supersport championship in 1998.

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Dropped as a British Superbike support class for 2000, the CB500 Cup was picked up by the New Era Motorcycle Club, who ran the class for a further 9 years until the club's closure at the end of 2008.

The French series also still runs to this day.

CB500 Cup racers

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UK Champions

Year Title Rider
2015 Thundersport 500 Champion Joe Barton
2014 Thundersport 500 Champion Carl Smalley
2013 Thundersport 500 Champion Adam Shelton
2012 Thundersport 500 Champion Adam Clarke
2011 Thundersport 500 Champion Andy Lawson
2010 Thundersport 500 Champion Mark Evans
2009 Thundersport 500 Champion Jonathan Harrison
2008 Superclub Champion Tom Young
2007 Superclub Champion Ryan Tyers
2006 Superclub Champion Alex Gault
2005 Superclub Champion Rick Coles
2004 Superclub Champion Jonty Dixon
2003 Superclub Champion Stephen Thompson
2002 Superclub Champion William Snook
2001 Superclub Champion Richard Harrison
2000 Superclub Champion Chris Firmin
1999 Star of Tomorrow Champion Dominic Davies
1998National Champion Gordon Blackley
Newcomers Champion James Ellison
1997National Champion James Toseland
Newcomers Champion Chris Sherring

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