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The Pole Position Advantages...

Deep connections in the sport: sponsor 5 riders, work with many teams
MotoGP VIP Village authorised agency
We are at ALL MotoGP events - you can rely on us.
Local language reps at most events
Flexible packaging - all tours to meet YOUR specific needs
360° Service: we can provide ALL needs once you arrive at destination
Focus on the whole experience - it's a destination not just a GP
'Planning friendly' reservations - we hold your reservation without payment until you work out the rest of your itinerary. Changes are no bother!
Experience. We have been doing this since 2002...
Total commitment to customer satisfaction. We love a party and we want everyone to have fun! See what others say about us...

 

ABOUT POLE POSITION TRAVEL

history || our mission (what we do) || your money || our guarantees || what people say about us

polepositiontravel.com is part of the Pole Position Travel group of web sites dedicated to providing travel solutions for motorcycle fans world wide. We currently provide services for customers seeking to attend MotoGP, World Superbike and the Isle of Man TT.

We enjoy a close working relationship with circuits, riders, teams and tournament organisers and other suppliers to bring you the best possible experience.

We attend every MotoGP, and we are in all VIP Villages as well as our private hospitality units at several events, giving you the assurance that there is someone on hand. As of 2014 we also have our own in-paddock hospitality, as well as work with several MotoGP teams to bring you "team experience" packages.

We can handle groups, clubs, corporate hospitality, and of course simply individuals. If you have a special request, please contact us.

Pole Position Travel SE is a European Join-stock company with seat in Prague, Czech Republic and a subsidiary company in the UK. Most of our team now reside in lovely Prague.

 

Brief history

Pole Position Travel grew out of a software company in Scotland run by founder and managing director Gordon Howell. In developing an "enterprise management system" for small tour operators, we required a pilot project. We chose the2002 Brno MotoGP in line with Gordon's keen interest in motorcycles.

Following this successful pilot, our first commercial event was in 2003 when we brought over 500 people to Brno Czech Republic under our flagship travel web site www.BrnoGrandPrix.com

In 2004 we had over 800 customers in Brno, and brought people to the new track in Qatar (www.Qatar-GrandPrix.com).

In 2005 we had nearly 1400 ticketholders in Brno, and groups in Laguna Seca, Germany, the new circuit at Istanbul, Assen and Valencia.

At this point, realising that he preferred motorcycles to software, Gordon took the MotoGP business out of his existing company, set up Pole Position Travel and re-based in Prague, Czech Republic, where we remain headquartered.

In 2006 we had the largest VIP VIllage presences in: Brno (in a private lounge), Laguna Seca, Sepang, Valencia. In Brno we had nearly 1500, with 16 buses, an opening Pig Roast at the Monasterey, a charity event at the Brewery with Randy Mamola and Steve Parish in benefit of Riders for Health, a Karting miniGP on Friday and more.

In October 2006 we took over the bookings for Valencia from the defunct company moto-events. This entailed us re-booking some 750 tickets, 80 hotel rooms, buses, ViP, reception and more in a space of 2 weeks. Several of the comments below reflect customers' appreciation of our 'rescue' of their MotoGP break...

In 2007 we brought customers and attended all 18 events, developing the total portfolio of events and products. We held parties at all events, rapidly becoming one of the highlights of a GP weekend! Our largest party at Brno attracted over 400 people, despite the rain! We also started sponsorship of some riders and teams, helping us to get more ínside the sport and share this with our customers. Finally, we are proud to have been able to expand our our charity work with several events in benefit of Riders for Health and Down Syndrome Ireland (see www.charity.gp)

2008 saw us going to all events again, and consolidating our position as market leader; seeing a nearly 50% rise in turnover.

At the end of the year we launched our new ClubGP giving customers an opportunity to get ''inside" MotoGP, as well as enjoy special privileges as one of our extra-VIP customers! We expanded our charity events, and have now raised in excess of €50,000.

2009 brought a downturn in line with the world economy, however we still found we were consistently the largest group in the VIP Villages and we have been pleasantly surprised that some of our events did even better in 2009! In 2010 we expanded our sponsorships and launched our "MotoGP Team Experience" in partnership with Honda Gresini - for the first time offering in-paddock experiences as a full guest of a MotoGP team.

2011 saw our first venture in World Superbikes with our partner team Alstare Suzuki. Alas they retired at the end of the season, and in 2012 we partnered with an up-and-coming team, Kawasaki. In the space of that thrilling season, their lead rider Tom Sykes caught up with the leader Max Biaggi and came to within 0.5 points of taking the world title! We continue to work with Kawasaki, and in 2013 they fulfilled their dream of becoming World Champion. 2011 also saw the arrival in MotoGP of British World Supersport Champion Cal Crutchlow, with whom we have enjoyed a partnership since.

Also in 2012 we launched our first tour to the Isle of Man TT, immediately setting a new standard for top VIP tours. We managed to get all of our customers into the course cars for a lap at speed on the closed course just prior to the race on senior race day! We are now the acknowledged leaders in top VIP tours to the TT.

In 2013 we expanded our team, now 7 full time with part time representation in USA and Australia. We expanded our sponsorships as well, to 5 riders in all three grids, plus SBK and Isle of Man enabling us to deliver more Team Experiences than ever before!

In 2014 we have launched the "Pole Positipon Club" - our private in-paddock hospitality. We added another British World Supersport champion, Sam Lowes, to our sponsorships. We are running a new pilot into World MX, and looking into other events to add to our growing portfolio as we continue our policy of re-investment into the sport.

 

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Our Mission

Our mission is to be the world leading destination specialist for world motorcycle event travel.

if you want to go to a MotoGP, Superbike or Isle of Man, or want to bring customers or clients, we will take care of all your needs. We have a specialism in VIP requirements (and a dedicated web site for this, polepositionVIP.com)

Our main customers are:

  • Individuals, families and small groups of friends.
  • Companies for incentive trips and client entertainment
  • Clubs and other loose associations of people (if you are a club travel coordinator we will make your life a lot easier!)
  • Agencies, especially those targetting their regional market (sell on commission or re-package)
  • Teams and others involved in the sport itself

We are about the largest specialist in MotoGP travel. In fact, our strength derives from our exclusive commitment to moto sports- we don't do anything else. This enables us to focus on the key areas of knowledge which we can pull together in bringing you the best possible experience:

  • Commitment to the sport and 'inside' knowledge and contact
  • In-depth, on-the-ground research into the destinations; to enhance your experience off-track as well as on.
  • We are bikers ourselves!

We appoint local 'destination managers' who help ensure that all goes smoothly and you get the best from your short GP weekend. Local knowledge and local language are critical to success. We speak Italian in Italy, Spanish in Spain, German in Germany, Czech in Czech Republic and even American in the USA and Australian in Australia!

Together with our event managers, we:

  • Secure tickets in the grandstands we believe provide the best experience
  • Select hotels which offer outstanding quality and services in their range. All hotel rooms are en-suite, and we cater for different party sizes (singles, triples, families) and stays (you must only obey the minimum length requirement and stay the night before the race day - usually Saturday night) Our deluxe packages always feature the best hotel in the region to guarantee the top event experience.
  • Organise ground transport (and sometimes air!) to get you as efficiently and comfortably as possible from hotel to circuit.
  • Plan parties and cultural excursions to provide you with a full programme of activities for the weekend
  • Learn all we can about the destination to be able to help you plan your travel and maximise your weekend!

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Us and your money

We appreciate that going to an event can mean a substantial outlay; not just in purchasing tickets and accommodation, but also your air travel, incidental costs and of course your planning time and committment of your precious holiday days.

We want you spend your money wisely. We will help you work within your budget, we will NEVER attempt to 'oversell' you, and indeed where we can suggest costs savings we will !

We promise "no traumas". We are fully insured; and enjoy strong support from our private investors. Owing to our financial strength, we pre-pay all tickets, accommodation and other services (usually long before you arrive) so there is no danger of you losing your money -- or your holiday.

Indeed, as many of our customers are painfully aware, at the failure of one agency just prior to Valencia 2006, we were able to step in 3 weeks before the event and repurchase all the tickets and hotel accommodation, and re-organise the event. To the their immense relief, some 85% of the former customers' holiday plans were recovered.

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Our Guarantees

Our guarantee to you is simple: we strive for complete satisfaction. If you have any complaint, please contact us as soon as possible.

We treat the very few complaints we get quite seriously. Nobody is perfect, and when we have made a mistake we will bend over backwards to rectify it or compensate you for inconvenience (within our terms and conditions, limited to the total value you have paid us)

While our terms and conditions state that we can't be responsible for third party failures (typically hotel problems, issues with your tribune seat, bus breakdowns, etc.) we are here to help overcome these issues; and we will help pursue compensation where we feel it is reasonable.

As the old saying goes: if you like what we do, tell others. If you have complaints, tell us!

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Testimonials

Here is a very small selection of customer comments from events back to 2005. It certainly helps our hard-working team feel good that we can share our passion with you!

[] Once again, thank you for everything you have done in the past and keep up the fantastic work you do!!!

[brno15] Just to say thanks for your help - we had a great weekend...Pleased to hear the circuit has kept the GP for next year

[brno15] Just a short note to thank you all for what was an excellent weekend made better by the work and attention of all of you.

[brno15] Thanks so much... for all your help, we had an amazing time.

[brno15] I just would like to say thanks for today, it has been an incredible day for us [MotoGP Test day]. The experience has been totally amazing from the start to the end, all has been well beyond my expectation.

[indy15] I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic time I had in Indy Pole Position made everything so simple and organized It was truly a fantastic experience to be surrounded by so many people sharing the same passion.

[indy15] I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic time I had in Indy. Pole Position made everything so simple and organized. I was truly impressed with Gordon's knowledge and contacts in the industry. It was truly a fantastic experience to be surrounded by so many people sharing the same passion. I will use you from here on out and look forward to many years of MotoGP races with you.

[lagunaseca15sbk] Just wanted to say thank you Gordon for one the best weekends of my life. Laguna Seca weekend was amazing followed by Assen with you as well.

[assen15] ...just to say a great big thank you for our experience, it was awesome. The whole team made us feel so welcome...

[lemans15] I would like to congratulate you and all your team for this beautiful event. I hope to go to Le Mans in 2016. It was a perfect product.

[jerez15] We would just like to thank you all for a memorable and fantastic weekend at the Moto GP in Jerez... and we would recommend you to anyone who enquires about this kind of trip.

[argentina15] Words cannot describe today... Thanks for all you have done.

[texas15] ...just a quick e-mail to thank you for a very well organised weekend, as always. We'll be in touch when we decide which Moto GP we're going to try next.

[MCNScotland15] ...many thanks for sending the photo's I'm absolutely over the moon with them. You will be my first port of call for my moto GP experience.

[valencia14] Just to say many thanks for providing a fantastic experience at Valencia. Our expectations were exceeded & we particularly appreciated the 'money can't buy' experiences...

[valencia14] Just to say many thanks for providing a fantastic experience at Valencia. Our expectations were exceeded. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

[qatar14sbk] Thanks for a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you again next year

[sepang14] ...thank you for the fantastic weekend at Sepang. It has to be one of the best weekends I've ever had... Sunday night...atching the MotoGP champion and the newly crowned Moto2 champion partying together is something [I[ won't forget.

[sepang14] I just wanted to say thanks for the great organisation at the weekend - we had a really good time.

[sepang14] Hello Gordon and the team at Pole Position,.. Thank you very much for a great weekend. Love every minute of it...We will definitely be back again

[sepang14] I just wanted to thank you for the awesome experience... have told everyone I know back here how much of a good time I had and that was all thanks to you.

[motegi14] That was awesome I have always wanted to wander around a MotoGP grid. Carlo is an excellent host and really appreciate his hospitality.

[aragon14] We wanted to say a big thank you for all the help you gave us with our booking, my sister and I had a great time at Aragon for the MotoGP - a trip we'll never forget.
Pleas ... pass on our thanks to Gordon and Laura for all their kindness and super hospitality - they are lovely people and we greatly appreciated all the arrangements they made which made our weekend hassle free and so much fun. We met lots of wonderful people in our group and you never know, we may just meet them again on a future trip with Pole Position - that would be really great.

[misano14] Just want to say thank you so much for the experience you all gave us...loved every minute of it, its a top service you are providing, keep doing what your doing.

[misano14] I had a truly extraordinary experience at Misano and Aragon that I'm still trying to mentally reconcile. I still find it difficult to believe that I was able to talk with riders from all three classes, pour over motorbikes and watch two very, very good MotoGP races. I cannot thank you enough for your efforts. You made doors open through your relationships with the teams and riders. I still cannot believe the photos that I had taken with so many riders, was able to walk down pit lane or exist in a MotoGP garage for several hours. ... Of the two races Misano was the absolute highlight, mostly because everything was new and because of Valentino Rossi's win. I purchased your ClubGP MotoGP Insider's Night and (Thursday) and ClubGP MotoNight (Saturday) products. Both are faultless products. Thursday evening was something else because of access to riders such as Karel Abraham and Jakub Kornfeil. Regarding the ClubGP MotoNight, I had the most amazing experience. I really felt as though the red carpet was rolled out for us by Honda Gresini. The hospitality provided by LCR was also great and welcoming even though I wasn't one of their guests.

[jerez14sbk] I would just like to say thank you for such an amazing weekend at Jerez WSB...We got everything we expected and so much more. I will never be able to go back to watching a race from a grandstand!!!!

[jerez14sbk] I just wanted to get in touch to say what a wonderful time we had in Jerez, at the WSB...Laura was our host. She is a credit to your industry, and was a world of knowledge for our weekend to be made very special.

[jerez14sbk] Got back last night from the WSB weekend in Jerez, I'd like to thank you & your team for an excellent weekend, something we're sure to do again.

[silverstone14] ...THANK YOU SO MUCH for making a perfect weekend possible. The Team Experience was fantastic, way beyond our expectations; we met some great people; and the whole weekend was AMAZING in every way. Thank you!

[silverstone14] Just a quick line from us to thank all at pole position for an ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS time at Silverstone...
We have so many memories of incredible moments throughout the weekend, culminating on walking on the grid, then sharing the celebrations under the podium.

[silverstone14] I would just like to say what a fantastic time I had at the Honda Gresini team MotoGP night at Silverstone...Your hospitality was a million to one and I felt so at home!

[silverstone14] Thanks guys for a fantastic few days. The racing was great but what really made it was the hospitality suite and all the stuff that went along with it. But what was really special was the way we were looked after, we were treated more like friends than customers which really gave it the X factor.

[silverstone14] Thanks on behalf of Alexander and myself, we had a fantastic weekend. Great company, hospitality and Patrick was superb. Pramac were good hosts too.

[silverstone14] I would just like to thank you and the whole team for everything you did for me and my dad today :-) It was an amazing day we are finally home but we can not thank you all enough :-)

[brno14] Hey Mark thanks for a fantastic weekend in Brno made Fiona,s birthday the best ever totally mind blowing ! Haha the beers were good too !!! "Best ever host!!!"

[brno14] Thanks to you all for the most fantastic weekend ever can't wait till we do it again

[brno14] Thanks to all at Pole Position Travel for a great weekend!! :-D

[indy14] What great event was Indy! thanks for amazing weekend!

[indy14] Today was a very special day! When a return home from my work, there was a box waiting for me !!
Good things are exactly like this... completely unexpected and surprised!!
Thats one of the reasons i'm a very satisfied customer! You guys at Poleposition Travel always are thinking in your
customers !
Thanks for the T-shirt and Cap both autographed !!!!

[lagunaseca14sbk] Thank you and Jana very much for your hospitality this weekend, you have been wonderful hosts and I really enjoyed myself.

[portimao14sbk] Had a great weekend at Portimao WSB. Made my weekend. Will certainly look to booking the full trip through you next year.

[assen14] I wanted to email to say a big thank you for the brilliant weekend we had at Assen, it was thoroughly enjoyable and has made us some very special memories.

[catalunya14] ...thank you so much for your service in Mugello...see you in Bruno next year

[catalunya14] I just wantedto say that the Catalunya GP was just fantastic and thanks for making everything great on theMyself and my wife had a great time and will definitely be booking with you guys again next year.

[catalunya14] ...an absolutely fantastic day at the Barcelona track day, on the Monday after the race when the teams were testing! Roberto went above and beyond in every way, to ensure our day was perfect and we cannot thank him enough!

[iomtt14] I will return, as I had the best time possible In 2013 & can not recommend your tours enough. Give Sammy a hug from me, she's a jewel.

[mugello14] We just wanted to pass on our thanks for a superb weekend. Mark was an excellent host/guide and made the weekend what it was with his organisation skills and banter.

[mugello14] Just a note to say thanks for an excellent weekend in Mugello, your team were very helpful and knowledgable and a special shout out for Mark

[mugello14] We just wanted to thank you guys for a great weekend, it was genuinely one of the best weekends Ive ever had. I have made a lot of people jealous with all the stories and one of my work mates signed up to the Assen race as soon as we got back.

[lemans14] I sincerely thank you for all the arrangement over the entire weekend, especially for the track tour on the scooter with you! It was just fabulous!!

[jerez14] We have recently come back from Jerez MOTOGP and we had a great time. Thanks to Roberto who was our guide for the weekend.

[jerez14] Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Roberto for a fantastic day at Jerez. We met so many riders, the food was fantastic and the trip round the circuit (3 up on a scooter!!) was the icing on the cake.

[texas14] Hi Gordon,
I just wanted to say a big thanks for all you did in Austin. For me going in the gresini garage was the highlight and that's all thanks to your time and generosity. We had another awesome trip and hope to do it again next year! hope to see you again at Silverstone once again you were awesome and a fabulous host.

[aragon14sbk] I had a fantastic time at WSB in Aragon, Spain. Tom Sykes winning both races was the icing on the cake. Roberto was an excellent host for Pole Position Travel in the Kawasaki team experience.

[qatar14] Great weekend and a great crowd. Thanks to Mark and Roberto.

[qatar14] We enjoyed Qatar very much, the whole weekend was every thing we had hoped for and so much more.
We had a fabulous time and got to meet all the stars of the paddock. Please pass on our sincere thanks to Roberto and especially Mark as we were in his group, who worked very hard and went out of their way to make the weekend such a special experience for us.

[jerez13sbk] The best motorcycle event I have ever been to! Being in the pit when Tom won the world championship was an indescribably privileged experience! Pass on my thanks to Kawasaki and of course to the Pole Position Team!

[phillipisland13] Meeting Gordon, Suzie (what a sweetheart!), and the rest of the PPT team was a pleasure, our accommodations fantastic... Having dinner (and breakfast!) with Cal Crutchlow's Dad was supercool, and meeting Alvero Bautisto at dinner - well, we're fans.

[sepang13] Just wanted to say a big thank you to Gordon, Susie and Mark for a fantastic weekend at Sepang. We had a ball!!! Great food great company and a fantastic track. Hoping to do it all again next year. Can't believe how many riders we met!

[aragon13] Hi Patrick, my thanks for a great weekend at Aragon. It was an experience that I will never forget.

[lagunaseca13sbk] Wanted to thank Pole Position and especially Herod for a great weekend in Laguna. We were a small group but had a blast and meeting Tom was the highlight of our trip, too bad he didnt podium on Sunday. Anyway thanks again and will see you in the future.

[aragon13] Great experience in Aragon. perfect organized and special thank to Roberto and Mark.

[misano13] Just wanted to say thanks...for helping make my time in Italy a fun one. Really enjoyed it as I had nothing to worry about apart from the evil mosquitoes.

[silverstone13] Just a quick E-Mail to thank you all for a brilliant weekend at Silverstone. We had a whale of a time. Mark looked after us both really well and gordon( he did what he does superbly as usual).

[brno13] Hi Gordon! The weekend was amazing! I'd like to thank you for your support !! You are a great kindness guy! I'd like also to thanks all your staff !!!

[lagunaseca13] What a great weekend! Thank you PPT for making our honeymoon trip SUPER special :-)

[assen13] Thanks for your email and for your help in making Phill's birthday in the paddock a really special one, ...and it was nice of you to organise for Rossi to win as the icing on the birthday cake, ha ha!!! ;0)

[catalunya13] Just to say Ann and I had a wonderful time at Barcelona. Many thanks to Eva and Susie for all the help. The Hospitality Suite was first class and well worth the extra money.

[mugello13] just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for epic weekend of motoGP in the Tuscan wilderness! your crew and all the hard work you guys put in really made my weekend a joy from start to finish...

[lemans13] I just wanted to say a quick thanks for looking after us at Le Mans, the welcome was much appreciated after the wet ride down

[texas13] I wanted to thank you again for the great experience we had in Austin, Texas. What a huge treat to meet Kevin and John... The accommodations as always were first class as advertised and everything was above expectations for the weekend. We look forward to seeing you in Valencia later this year

[qatar13] ...a big thank you for our recent trip to Qatar to the GP Moto. We had a fantastic time from start to finish. From the moment we arrived in Qatar everything went to plan... our hotel was perfect and in a great location for us to get to walk to the souks!

[jereztest13] thanks for posting! It was a wicked trip and the test day was brill

[phillipisland13sbk] We were there!! It was AWESOME!! Susie... was absolutely BRILLIANT. We were second time customers of Pole Position Travel and were treated like royalty. Now looking forward to our next event with PPT!

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