Andrew Stroud (born 31 December 1967) is a retired champion New Zealand motorcycle racer.[1]

Andrew Stroud
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Andrew Stroud on the Britten V1000 at Paeroa, Waikato, New Zealand in February 2011
NationalityNew Zealander
Born(1967-12-31)31 December 1967
Upper Hutt, New Zealand

Early and personal lifeEdit

Stroud lived in Howick, Auckland and educated at St Peter's College and Macleans College. He went on to study engineering (for a 3-year period) at Auckland Technical Institute (NZCE Mechanical) before heading to the US to embark on a full-time racing career in 1988. His height is 185 cm and his weight is generally 74 kg. He resides in Hamilton, New Zealand. Since marrying Karyn in 1997 they have had 10 children together (Jacob, Caleb, Maddy, Jesse, Isabella, Macallum, Joseph, Lucia, Amea and Elsie).[2]

Career highlightsEdit

Stroud started racing in 1986 and won his first championship in 1988 in the NZ 250 Production class. He then raced at Bathurst where he finished 2nd (behind Mick Doohan) in the 1988 Arai 500 km Superbike race.

In 1988, Stroud raced in the US Endurance series and partnered Graeme Crosby in the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan. For the next ten years he competed internationally against the world's best, riding for various Superbike and Grand Prix teams.

Stroud first rode the New Zealand-built Britten V1000 at Daytona in 1992. During the epic battle with the leading factory Ducati Superbike Stroud came within 0.1 sec of the outright lap record before an electrical problem stopped the bike with a couple of laps remaining. However, he won both races at Daytona in 1994 on the Britten bike while setting the fastest top speed recorded by any motorcycle at Daytona (189 mph or 305 km/h). One of the few people to have had the privilege of racing one of John Britten's superbikes, Stroud won the Battle-of-the-Twins at Daytona on Britten superbikes in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.[3]

In 1995, Stroud won the inaugural World B.E.A.R.S Series (British European American Racing Series, now part of AHMRA) on a Britten bike, three weeks before his friend, John Britten, died. Also in 1995 and on a Britten, Stroud won the European Pro-Twins at Assen. Soon after he put a Kawasaki Superbike on position for the World Endurance Championship round at the same track. In 1997 he won the American AMA formula Xtreme Championship.

Stroud competed in 41 World Superbike races, 20 FIM 500 GP races, 4 Suzuka 8 Hours races, 1 Isle of Man race and 3 24hours World endurance races.

Stroud won 9 New Zealand superbike national championships. His first championship was in 1991. He repeated this in 1995 and 1999 (riding a Britten V1000) and, riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000 (latterly the GSXR1000K9), in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2011.[1][4][5][6] In 2011 Stroud became national champion for the last time.[7]

Stroud announced his retirement from motorcycle racing in August 2013. [8] Stroud helps manage two of his sons Jacob and Jesse in their racing endeavours. His oldest son Jacob won his first of three national titles in 2016. Younger brother Jesse won his first National (Gixxer cup) championship in 2019.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Motorcycling New Zealand, Riders Profile: Andrew Stroud (accessed 19 August 2010) Archived 15 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Caitlin Moorby, "Father's Day is 10 times as good for Andrew Stroud", NZ Herald, 1 September 2017 (Retrieved 15 March 2018)
  3. ^ Ziki - The ZX7R Wiki (accessed 11 May 2010) Archived 9 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Superbike title heads to Hamilton". Otago Daily Times. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  5. ^ Suzuki NZ (accessed 11 May 2010)
  6. ^ "Strouds Have Eighth Child, Then He Wins: A Good Day for Andrew Stroud", CycleNews, 19 December 2010 (Retrieved 27 December 2010) Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Stroud Leaves Rivals in his Spray", Suzuki News release, 28 March 2011 (Retrieved 3 April 2011)
  8. ^ McGechan, Andy (14 August 2013). "Kiwi motorbike legend Stroud retires". NZ Herald.
  9. ^ Andy McGechan, "Kiwi Icons Reunite for Mike Pero Motofest", Bikerider magazine (Retrieved 15 March 2018)