24H SPA EWC Motos 2023 - 16-18/06/2023
IN 100 WORDS: A track as legendary as it is demanding hosted international-level motorbike racing for the first time since 2001 when the 24H SPA EWC Motos revived the spirit of the 24 Heures de Liège, once an EWC calendar mainstay, in June 2022. The iconic circuit underwent extensive safety upgrades mandated by FIM and FMB specifically for the EWC’s return with the 6.985-kilometre layout – the longest of the season – featuring expanded run-off areas, the repositioning of safety barriers, plus the realignment of Turn 9 for bike use only. Belgium-based BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team came out on top of a rain-hit race.
*The 24H SPA EWC Motos recreated the spirit of the famous 24 Heures de Liège, which counted as a round of the EWC up until 2001, when it ran for the first time in June 2022.
*It took place on a track upgraded specifically for the EWC as part of an investment programme costing 25 million euros.
*The return of the EWC to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps was first discussed in 2015, shortly after Discovery Sports Events (formerly Eurosport Events) became championship promoter as part of a long-term agreement with governing body, FIM.
*At 6.985 kilometres, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is the longest circuit on the EWC calendar.
*Appointed as the event coordination agency for the first 24H SPA EWC Motos in June 2022, PHA Claude Michy was named local event promoter for a nine-year period in September 2022, in addition to continuing its existing responsibilities associated with organising the event.
EXPERT VIEW BY XAVIER SIMÉON:
“It’s an amazing, it’s very, very fast, you have to respect it a lot because you need a level of concentration and confidence that is very high. It’s a very tough race, especially during the night. It’s a track where the rider can make a big difference in terms of lap times and that’s why everybody says it’s the most beautiful track in the world. It’s in the woods with long corners, seven kilometres, the track really is amazing. The weather can change at any moment. Sometimes it’s raining in the back of the track and not in the first part so it can be a surprise at every moment so you really have to respect this track.”
2022: BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team (Markus Reiterberger, Illya Mykhalchyk, Jérémy Guarnoni) 508 laps
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Rte du Circuit 55, 4970 Stavelot, Belgium
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