Mid-March is a great time for motorsport fans across the globe. It’s the time when the racing season starts to fire on all cylinders again. MotoGP and WSBK have already started and never fail to amaze the fans with their thrilling races, but meanwhile a lot of other championships will also be starting a new season soon. So which five races should you look out for this year?
Of course, there are the old classics like the 24 hours of Le Mans and the MotoGP TT in Assen. No further introductions needed there, and of course these classic races are not to be missed under any circumstances. But here are five more races you won’t want to miss in 2019 but that you might not have thought about.
WSBK Assen: 13 - 14 April
The Moto GP race in Assen may be one of the most popular on the calendar, but don’t forget about the WSBK championship. This winding Dutch circuit is a joy for riders and fans alike, and an absolute must-see. On top of that, it’s Michael van Der Mark’s home race so he’ll be fighting for Dutch honours.
Suzuka 8 hours: 27 - 28 july
And talking of home races... The EWC is mainly made up of Japanese brands, all fighting it out for a home victory. In recent years, Yamaha and Honda have been slugging it out for the top spot. Yamaha has been topping the leader boards at recent events, putting an end to Honda’s reign. But of course, Honda is all too keen to reclaim their place on the top step of the podium. And did you know that Suzuka is one of the only circuits in the world that has a bridge where the circuit crosses over itself?
Goodwood Revival: 13 - 15 September
The Goodwood Revival hardly needs any introduction, does it? If you love classic cars then this is the place for you. At the Revival event, the Goodwood Motor Circuit has one of the most vibrant paddocks in the world and vintage Spitfires provide a spectacular fly-past display during the race. Yes, Spitfires. Do you need any more convincing?
Motul Petit Le Mans: 9 - 12 October
The grand finale of the IMSA Weathertech championship held at road Atlanta – a ten-hour thriller of a race on one of the most beautiful tracks that North America has to offer. The atmosphere is electric, with fans lining up alongside the fences on their trucks and RVs. Some of them will have been camping out next to the track since Wednesday morning!
Roof of Africa - 4 - 7 December
Another iconic event that should be marked on everyone’s calendar in thick red pen. Bikers from around the globe take on the mountains, with the best of them battling to become ‘King Of the Roof’. But of course, in order to claim the crown, you’ll need to finish the course, which is a steep challenge in itself - quite literally!