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A big track and an even bigger challenge is in store for the FIM Endurance World Championship riders and their teams this weekend when the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps hosts the second event of the 2022 season, the 24H SPA EWC Motos.
Recreating the spirit of the famous 24 Heures de Liège - which counted as a round of the EWC up until 2001 - the 24H SPA EWC Motos is set to become a modern-day classic with a talent-packed, high-level entry list and a track upgraded specifically for the EWC as part of an investment programme of 25 million euros.
A full schedule of support races and activities to provide even more entertainment for fans off-track will create an unforgettable atmosphere.
The second of three 24-hour races on the EWC calendar for 2022, the 24H SPA EWC Motos is notable for Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps’ 6.985 kilometre layout, undulating nature and mixture of low, medium and high-speed corners, while its location in the Ardennes Forest can result in changeable and unpredictable weather conditions.
While the return of the EWC to the iconic Spa is just days away, its comeback has been more than five years in the making. The 24H SPA EWC Motos will take place on a significantly modified track, the result of changes mandated by both the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and Fédération Motocycliste de Belgique (FMB).
Central to the changes, which were ratified by the Fédération Internationale de l’Autombile (FIA) in line with car racing requirements, are expanded run-off areas at several corners, the repositioning of safety barriers in some sections, plus the realignment of the Speaker’s Corner left-hander, albeit for bike use only. Additional infrastructure work and the construction of a purpose-built grandstand at the top of Raidillon has also been undertaken.
The 24H SPA EWC Motos follows the spectacular season-opening 24 Heures Motos on the EWC calendar. Gregg Black, Sylvain Guintoli and Belgium’s Xavier Siméon teamed-up to give reigning FIM EWC champion team Yoshimura SERT Motul overall victory after a dramatic race at Le Mans.
Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers CMS Motostore, meanwhile, top-scored in the FIM EWC World Cup and Dunlop Superstock Trophy.
Coinciding with a number of sustainability actions as part of the FIM’s Green Week, the 24H SPA EWC Motos will be broadcast on networks around the world with the entire race shown as it happens on the Discovery Sports platform.
What? 24H SPA EWC Motos, FIM Endurance World Championship 2022, Round 2
When? 2-5 June 2022 Where? Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Track length: 6.985 kilometres
Race starts: 13h00 CET, Saturday 4 June
*The fastest time during two days of testing from 17-18 May was 2m20.344s set by Markus Reiterberger for BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team