World Superbike racer Carl Fogarty joins Dirt Quake in King’s Lynn

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Hundreds of men and women clad in leather and helmets thundered round a dusty arena track in roaring style.

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Joined by the likes of Guy Martin and Carl Fogarty, motorcyclists had the chance to show off their ride at the Dirt Quake festival in King's Lynn.

Held at the Adrian Flux Arena, in Saddlebow Road, the motorcycling festival attracted thousands of spectators watching bikers race against each other on the loose-surfaced, oval circuit.

Natalie Sharp, 20, travelled from Kingston-Upon-Thames on her Harley to ride with her friends in their first ever race.

But she said Dirt Quake is more than just about racing - it gives bikers a chance to come together and share their passion of motorbikes.

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt


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'It is not competitive, it's all about getting on the track and having a good time,' she said.

'And it's about seeing how much you can challenge and push yourself.

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'It was a really good race, I am definitely coming back next year and carry on coming every year.'

The annual festival proves popular every year, with thousands flocking to the arena to see TV presenter and Dirt Quake veteran Guy Martin.

Grant Martin beat Carl Fogarty in a race at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Grant Martin beat Carl Fogarty in a race at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

He attended the Saturday, July 8 event and received resounding cheers from the crowd.

Carl Fogarty, the most successful World Superbike racer of all time, took on pros and amateurs alike in several laps around the arena on Sunday, July 9.

One racer, 29-year-old Grant Martin, from Kent, never thought he would cross the finish line ahead of Mr Fogarty.

'It is not everyday you can beat a world champion,' he said. 'It's a pretty nice feeling.

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

'I've come here a couple of times. Dirt Quake is about being respectful on the track and being friends off the track.'

Those who were not able to make the event can catch it on TV later this week on ITV4 at 8pm on Wednesday, July 12.

North One Television, best known for their shows The Gadget Show, Fifth Gear and Travel Man, took over Dirt Quake in May.

Chief executive Neil Duncanson said he wants to build Dirt Quake into a global brand, with plans already in place for a Dirt Quake festival in the United States.

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Future events will see motorcyclists battle through mud, snow and sand across Europe and Asia.

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Pictured is Kevin Doolan. Picture: Ia

Action from the Sunday at the Dirt Quake event in King's Lynn. Pictured is Kevin Doolan. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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