Raiders steal 'high value' racing bikes from Sheffield workshop
The owner of a Sheffield workshop is offering a 'substantial reward' for any information that may lead to the return of two high value racing motorbikes that were stolen in the early hours of this morning.
The bikes, which belong to the MCE British Superbike squad Team WD40, were stolen from their workshop in Norton at around 4.30am this morning.
The raiders made away with two blue and yellow Kawasaki ZX-10Rs that were set to be raced by by Jack Kennedy and Sam Hornsey in the British Championships next month, as well as a green and yellow British Supersport-spec Kawasaki ZX-6R of Tarran Mackenzie.
A police spokesman confirmed that one of the blue and yellow Kawasaki ZX-10Rs has sine been recovered in Mount View Road.
Workshop owner, Brent Gladwin, says that due to the bikes being extremely rare and emblazoned with the team's name they have limited resale value and are 'too hot to handle'.
He is now offering a 'substantial reward' for any information that leads to the return of the bikes, that the team were set to start testing on Sunday ahead of the season beginning next month.
"This has been a colossal set-back for us," said Brent.
He added: "Our posts that we've been put on social media have been shared by the motosport community all over the world, and so it's going to be extremely hard for whoever has done this to sell them on.
"You can't even race these bikes down the street, they're proper race bikes.
"It's a safe town so this has come as a bit of a shock. The whole motosport community's heard about this and it makes Sheffield look bad.
"If anyone knows anything please get in touch."
The bikes are also marked with series sponsor Datatag's identifiication system.
Brent says all information provided will be treated in the 'strictest confidence'.
South Yorkshire Police want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area this morning, or who may have information about where the two remaining motorcycles are.
Please call 101 or email [email protected] quoting incident number 132 of 11 March 2016.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.