Great news for fans of classic racing – a brand new international series for classic race bikes from the 1970s and 1980s has been launched, bringing together three of the most popular 4-hour races across Europe and providing race classes that will stage a spectacular recreation of the glory days of endurance racing.
The first race of the season is the Sunday Ride Classic; an established classic motorcycle event held at Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France every spring. The European Endurance Legend Cup race will be four hours long and will run into the night in late March. The Endurance Legends 4-hour race is making a welcome return to Donington Park in May, where the 4-hour endurance will be the highlight of a packed weekend of classic racing and paddock attractions. From Donington the series will move on to German Speedweek in June, which has been held at the Oschersleben circuit for twenty years, with the four hour European Endurance Legend Cup race sharing the weekend with a round of the FIM Endurance World Championship for current bikes. A fourth race is also expected to be announced for later in the year.
Regulations for four classes of machine have been defined. The classes have been chosen to reflect the machines currently being raced in classic endurance, and to keep many machines competitive despite their spanning a decade that saw enormous advances in motorcycle design, starting with Ducati’s bevel-drive twins and ending with Suzuki’s first GSX-R750s.
In brief the classes are as follows:
Classic: 1968 to 1981, air cooled four-stroke, air or water cooled two-strokes, 4-valve engines to 1000cc, 2 valve engines to 1300cc – original or modified original frames.
This class is expected to cater for machines from Laverda, Ducati, BMW, Moto Guzzi and earlier Kawasaki Z1000 and Suzuki GS1000s with tuned engines.
Legend: 1976 to 1984 air cooled four-stroke, air or water cooled two-strokes, 1300cc maximum displacement – original, modified original or aftermarket frames.
This class is expected to feature big four cylinder motors from Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki in frames from Harris, P&M, Moto Martin, Bakker, Bimota, etc.
SuperStock: 1973 to 1986 four cylinder 750cc or twin cylinder 1000cc machines with air or water cooling and original frames; no engine tuning is allowed.
This class is aimed at early Suzuki GSX-R750s, early Honda VFR750s, Yamaha FZ750s and Kawasaki GPX750s
Superbike: 1976 to 1986, up to 1300cc displacement with air, water or oil cooling – original, modified original or aftermarket frames.
This class is expected to feature full-on race bikes from the mid-eighties.
There will also be a new EELC Rider leader board which will give Pro and Amateur riders the chance to compete against one another, adding another level of competition to the series.
Darin Frow, co-organiser of Endurance Legends at Donington Park said:
“It’s very exciting for Endurance Legends to be part of the new European classic endurance race series – the European Endurance Legend Cup – which will see teams compete in France, Germany and the UK, and racing through the day and night! We have another amazing schedule lined up for our UK round at Donington Park with some very exciting news in the pipeline, so watch this space as you won’t want to miss 12 & 13 May 2018!”
With a brand new classic race radial on the way for 2018, Continental are delighted to give their full support to the project, where we expect to see many teams lining up on the grids sporting a pair of the latest ContiRoadAttack 3 CR.
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