CLASSIC riders will be forced to wait at least another 12 months for any racing to return to the annual Bikers’ Classic at Spa Francorchamps.
The Belgian circuit holds an annual race and parade weekend every July with endurance racing and classic Grand Prix action on tap.
But with Covid-19 continuing to wreak havoc on the world, changes had to be made – including scrapping all races from the 2020 festival.
The seven kilometre circuit will instead host free riding sessions over the weekend of July 4-5 with measures in place to bolster safety at a time when many trackdays are still in limbo.
“Our excellent relations with the Spa-Francorchamps circuit have enabled us to continue discussions about the 2020 edition of the Bikers’Classics,” said DG Sport’s Florian Jupsin, one of the organisers.
“We could have stopped everything and given the fans a new date in 2021, but that’s not the spirit of the house. Many participants who registered for the track sessions, still wish to be present and make the most of it.
“There will be free riding track sessions, and specific rules will apply to ensure everyone’s safety.
“Under the circumstances, it is a step back to jump even further, but we have done everything to preserve what could be preserved for the participants…”
Chiefs have confirmed that the 2020 edition of the Bikers’Classics ‘will not include the slightest race, nor a big international parade’ and have also said that spectators and the public ‘will not be admitted to the circuit’.
On the racing side in 2019, Dholda Racing took the overall and Evo-class win while PoweRacing-JapautoClub snagged second and the MC-class victory. Britain’s Team RST Edge scored the Open class spoils.
Belgium’s Herman Verboven picked up a double in the BCGP races while Britons Dean Stimpson and Richard Wilson both grabbed podium honours. Other standout Brits included Andy Sawford with a third in the IG Köningklasse race and endurance squads Rooster Racing 1 and Forty Two Racing, who both snagged silverware in the four-hour scrap.
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