PRE­TEND IT’S THE 1980s

Fancy re­liv­ing the glory days of World En­durance rac­ing?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - Michael Neeves, Se­nior Road Tester

At 3pm on Sun­day, May 7, an eerie si­lence will de­scend on Donington Park. Lin­ing up in front of Donington’s pit­wall, an­gled to­wards Redgate, will be 54 en­durance rac­ing ma­chines. When the lights go out the pat­ter­ing of rac­ing boots scam­per­ing over the tar­mac will make way for all hell break­ing loose as the gag­gle of open-piped 70s and 80s race­bikes ex­plode into ac­tion and barge their way to­wards the first turn, to start the UK’S only four-hour clas­sic en­durance race.

Teams will cam­paign ev­ery­thing from Suzuki XR69S, GSX1100S and GSX-R750S, Kawasaki Z1000s and GPZ1100, to Yamaha FZ750S and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, in­clud­ing air­cooled Guzzis, Du­catis and BMWS.

Old Bri­tish sin­gles will be bash­ing bars in the Lans­downe Clas­sic se­ries and clas­sic 250 and 350cc two-strokes will com­pete in the In­ter­na­tional Clas­sic Grand Prix. There’s also a pa­rade for clas­sic racers and stacks of off-track en­ter­tain­ment. MCN is rac­ing on a fac­tory Suzuki Katana along­side Steve Par­rish and James Whitham. O Info: En­durance Le­gends, Donington Park, May 6-7. £12 a day or £20 for a week­end pass. See www.en­durancele­gends.co.uk

Race­bikes from the 70s and 80s will be at it... for sev­eral hours!

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