Yes, the racing season is still officially over but last year’s Marc Marquez supported Superprestigio flat track race in Barcelona, Spain, was something special and this year the word is out. To appreciate this event you don’t have to be a fan of flat track racing but if you are, then what you saw last January was American champion Brad Baker, (who had lobbied hard to be included and was a relatively last minute invite) take the MotoGP World Champion to school on dirt. The battle was close/epic and at the end the flag was red, white and blue. It was really something to see.
It’s happening again this weekend but now the word is out, lots of riders want in, and invites have gone to MotoGP riders including Scott Redding and Bradley Smith, noted flat trackers (including American’s Brad Baker, Jared Mees and my personal fav, kick ass lady rider Shayna Texter, 6 time Pro main winner) big names including Guy Martin and Ducati’s 3 time SBK Champion Troy Bayliss and legacy’s Alex Marquez, Remy Gardner and Kenny Noyes. Throw in about a dozen Moto 2 and Moto 3 guys, some WSBK guys and you are starting to get the picture. There are two classes, Open and the Superprestigio and the depth of the talent in those fields has to about as accomplished a group as you will ever see.
It’s not on TV in the USA but Cycle World, Fans Choice TV and Motorcyclist Magazine are streaming it live on Saturday December 13th, starting at noon EST until about 6pm. So skip the mall, make some popcorn and pull up a chair. This is going to be good.
For more info on the event, the entry field and some interesting history go HERE to Dennis Noyes good overview on CycleWorld.com
Want a look at what you missed in January? Here’s the HD Slow Motion Video (It’s beautiful to watch)