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Old 05-11-2010, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Flyin" Fred Merkel

for those who don't know, Fred was one of the great race bike riders of the late-80s and early 90s till a wreck in Phoenix, AZ ended his career.

the reason i know of him is my 1st bike was the street version of the 86-88 1st Gen VFR750 interceptor he, Wayne Rainey and Bubba Shobert raced on. also, the track that he wrecked on was miles from where i grew-up. i read in a magazine that Fred moved to NZ and runs a small tourist-type business. i hope to meet Rainey in SoCal, and i have yet to find Shobert.

i still have my 86 VFR 750 and it's gettin slowly rebuilt to look like the racebike these 3 piloted. i thought it'd be great to get their signatures and blessings to have decals made and added to my upper fairing in their honor.

would anyone have the time to help me track Fred down in NZ?!

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would anyone have the time to help me track Fred down in NZ?!

Hi Krazie Ivan

I have put out some feelers about trying to track down Freddy for you. Keep posted to this site.
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i still have my 86 VFR 750 and it's gettin slowly rebuilt to look like the racebike these 3 piloted. i thought it'd be great to get their signatures and blessings to have decals made and added to my upper fairing in their honor.

would anyone have the time to help me track Fred down in NZ?!


Hi Ivan

I believe this is the contact you are after.

S&C Merkal, Phone 64 7 3776287.

PO Box 1340 Taupo
North Island
New Zealand


This article is about the motorcycle road racer. For the Major League Baseball player with a similar name, see Fred Merkle.
Fred Merkel (born September 28, 1962 in Stockton, California) is an American former motorcycle road racer and two-time Superbike world champion.

In 1984 he teamed with Mike Baldwin to win the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race.[1] He is a three-time AMA Superbike Champion, winning in 1984/5 on the VF750 and 1986 on the VFR750F [2]. He jointly holds the record for the most wins in a season with Mat Mladin.

In 1988 the Superbike World Championship began, with Merkel entered on the RC30. He won the championship from Fabrizio Pirovano and Davide Tardozzi with two wins and three other podiums [3]. He successfully defended the crown in 1989, with 3 wins, 7 other podiums, and 4 poles. He took three more wins en route to sixth overall in 1990, but was less competitive after this.

Merkel retired from racing at the end of the 1995 season after being injured in an accident at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. Merkel and his family moved to a ranch they owned in New Zealand. He lives with his wife Carla his son Travis and as of the summer of 2009 welcomed newborn son Jhett. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001 [4].
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perfect! thx so much for the help
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