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Everyone knows that motorcyclists ride for a thrill and racing definitely provides them with that thrill. Racing means that the rider is at one with the bike; his chest is pressed against the fuel tank, the engine roars between his legs and his knees sweep the floor and it is this that, despite the dangers, keeps them going back for more.
When racing though, it’s not just about the individual drivers. Although they get a massive adrenaline rush from riding alone when they hear the sound of another rider approaching them they get another surge as they’re determined not to let them pass. It’s this sudden surge of adrenaline that happens every time another rider tries to muscle in on their patch of tarmac that keeps them racing, time and time again.
Although as a competent rider you may consider yourself an able racer, before taking to the tracks and individual track day may be worth it. Although you might think you’re up to the speeds of the professionals, a day out on the track is likely to prove otherwise. Racing takes a lot of practice and if you want to take part then you need to consistently be reaching speeds close to the pros.
The majority of European races are for pros only, but they can be great to watch. They are generally really high drama after all. So, what are the best races to go and watch?
Well, the summer – in terms of the biking season – has only just begun which means there are plenty of races all over Europe that you can get your teeth stuck in to:
4th – 6th World Superbike Championship, Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal
11th – 13th Moto GP – Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Sachsenring, Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany
18th – 20th British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch GP, Kent, England
1st – 3rdBritish Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Hampshire, England
8th – 10thBritish Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Cheshire, England
15th – 17thMoto GP – Grand Prix Ceske republiky, Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
23rd – 25thBritish Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, England
29th – 31stMoto GP – British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Great Britain
5th – 7thBritish Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Leicestershire, England
5th – 7thWorld Superbike Championship, Circuito de Jerez, Spain
12th – 14thMoto GP – GP di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Misano World Circuit, San Marino
19th – 21stWorld Superbike Championship, Moscow Raceway, Russia
19th – 21stBritish Superbike Championship, TT Circuit Assen, Assen, Netherlands
26th – 28thMoto GP – Gran Premio de Aragon, MotorLand Aragon, Aragon, Spain
3rd – 5thWorld Superbike Championship, Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, France
3rd – 5thBritish Superbike Championship, Silverstone Grand Prix, Northamptonshire, England
17th – 19thBritish Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch GP, Kent, England
31st – 2ndNovember World Superbike Championship
7th – 9thMoto GP – Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain
As you can see the European races run pretty much until the end of the year which means there’s plenty of opportunity. If you fancy having a go yourself and really don’t want to merely sit on the side and watch then waiting until next year’s Isle of Man TT will provide you with the perfect opportunity. Every year, on the middle Sunday of the tournament riders on the side lines are allowed to don their leathers in order to ride part of, what is considered, one of the most dangerous road race courses in the world.
Alternatively, if you want to get into racing much sooner, consider speedway. There are many areas that have local teams that practice on a weekly basis, having regular tournaments with other teams from around the UK. The only difference is that you’ll be riding on a much shorter course, on a bike with no brakes and only a single gear – this really does provide a thrill.
Regardless of your reasons for racing, remember that safety is always important and you should only ever race on a track intended for such a purpose. If you’re involved in a motorbike accident for any reason then it’s important to contact a legal professional who can give you the legal advice you need.