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Can we go back? 6 MotoGP races that should still exist

SO the rumours were true; international motorbike racing IS returning to the iconic Spa-Francorchamps with a new 24-hour round of the Endurance World Championship in 2022.

Exciting though that will be – not least because the race is due to start at 10pm! – it has gotten us both misty-eyed for the past and excited for the future over the prospect of MotoGP returning to one of motorsport’s most revered venues.

It’s not the only former GP-MotoGP venue we think deserves the spectacle of a modern day machine hitting 200mph+ … here are 6 once-used circuits that we’d campaign to have back on the schedule! 

Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium

Our dream of watching MotoGP competing at Spa-Francorchamps can be summed up in one sentence.

22 MotoGP riders jostling for position as they thunder into Eau Rouge, up and over Radillon and slipstreaming the long Kemmel Straight…

Better still – unlike other venues in this collection – such a dream is a plausible reality. Though the 24-hour race announcement sets up an exciting premise with its late-starting, round-the-clock summer spectacle, it’s the confirmation of upgrades to bring it up to standard for the FIM to grant a licence that would allow it to host international events that gets us excited.

While an EWC race requires a lower grade licence than WorldSBK and MotoGP to compete at a venue, with the required upgrades totalling in the millions and requiring support of the local government, it’s reasonable to assume it go for a full Grade A licence allowing MotoGP to race. 

Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps

It’s been a long time since the series has made the trip to Belgium. Indeed, while EWC competed at Spa-Francorchamps up to 2003, GP racing hasn’t visited the venue since 1990. 

Even so, though it has been almost three decades since the premier class competed at Spa, the venue has a long and illustrious association with motorbike racing, hosting intermittently from 1921 and right through between 1947-1972 when the length totalled 14km and safety standards weren’t of the highest priorities.

 

 

Could we ever return?

We are still two or three years away from the prospect of watching Valentino Rossi and co. throwing it full commitment through Eau Rouge, Pouhon and La Source but whereas a return to Spa has been little more than a fun rumour in recent years, we anticipate Carmelo Ezpeleta has already been on the phone…

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