Bike Devil’s Week on Two-Wheels: News Update – 25th November
It’s Monday again! They come around so quickly; blink and it will be Christmas. Considering it’s the end of the season, an awful lot has happened in the world of motorsport in the last couple of weeks…
We had the last round of the 2019 MotoGP season earlier this month at Valencia and there was some big news before a wheel had even turned. Jorge Lorenzo announced that after 18 years of racing at the highest level he was retiring.
Although this year might not have been among his best, he leaves with some impressive stats to his name: 114 podium finishes in the premier class (that’s the second highest), he’s the fifth most successful rider (in terms of wins) in the premier class and he’s the only person to have beaten Marquez to the championship title so far. An absolutely incredible achievement.
But the big news didn’t stop there! On the Monday following the season finale, which Marc Márquez won, it was announced that his brother Álex would be joining him in the Repsol Honda Team. Two brothers in the same MotoGP team? This could make for some interesting racing next year.
While MotoGP was focusing on 2020 with their post-Valencia test, the WorldSBK paddock was also looking forward to next season with the announcement of their racing calendar. Although classic races like Jerez, Assen and Imola remain on the calendar, Buriram and Leguna Seca are not featured.
This is to carve the way for the return of Catalunya and…Oschersleben! It will be the first time since 2004 that WorldSBK will visit the German circuit. It’s bound to be an action packed race where many riders will be faced with a circuit they’ve never raced at before. For those who want to make the trip over, tickets will go on sale soon with a three-day weekend ticket costing €48 (just over £40). Or, if you’d like to experience more of what Oschersleben has to offer, there is a combined ticket that also gets you entrance to a host of other events for €69 (just less than £60).
There’s been action off-road too with the first two rounds of the 2020 X-Trial championship over the past two weekends. For the first time X-Trial has a season that runs over the end of 2019 and into 2020. The first round saw riders head out to the exotic Réunion Island, east of Madagascar, before coming back to Europe for the second round in France.
As expected Toni Bou was on top form taking two wins from two. There will now be a two-month break before action resumes in Budapest. Toni will arrive there with a ten-point advantage over second placed Adam Raga.
Heading back to British shores now, for the past nine days it’s been Motorcycle Live at the NEC. One of the best ways to get up close and personal with all the new machinery that was announced at EICMA, as we mentioned in the previous weekly round up – hope you all paid attention!
In addition to the 46 manufacturers that attended, numerous trade stands and live action zones, the Moto-Cirque Arena gave visitors the chance to see their spectacular live stunt show. Those guys have definitely got some guts to pull off some of their moves, we’re definitely a little jealous. Dates for next year have already been announced too! Make sure you remember 21-29 November 2020.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Motorcycle Live without a host of British Superbike related team announcements, and this year was no exception. In the Superstock category CPD Kawasaki retains Luke Hedger and adds Luke Hopkins, Billy McConnell will remain with OMG Racing and Davey Todd joins Tom Neave at Honda Racing. The “big H” also announced that brothers Glenn and Andrew Irwin will be racing the brand new CBR1000RR-R in the 2020 British Superbike season.
Bradley Ray will be switching to BMW machinery as he joins Taylor Mackenzie at TAS Racing, Buildbase Suzuki will field Kyle Ryde and Keith Farmer and former MotoGP rider Héctor Barberá will be lining up for his first full season in British Superbikes with the OMG Racing team.
But of course, there’s one more announcement to mention…ours! Gino Rea will return to British Superbikes on board the Bike Devil Ducati and we’ve expanded into the Supersport championship with Jamie Perrin! You didn’t think we’d miss that one out did you?
For some it may seem too early to mention Christmas, and yes we’re guilty of mentioning it earlier, but this week sees MotoGP 2019, the Official Season Story go on sale and it could make the perfect Christmas present. You can still grab it at the special pre-order price of £25 (up until midnight GMT on November 28th) and pre-orders are automatically entered into a competition to win a copy signed by Márquez himself! Sounds pretty good to us.
Stay tuned for the next Bike Devil news update in December!
Log On, Tune In, Ride Out….