En­durance Leg­ends re­turns to Don­ing­ton with a full week­end of clas­sic ac­tion, head­lined by a four-hour en­durance epic

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Com­pelling ma­chin­ery, Don­ing­ton Park and sum­mer sun. It was ace

Scream­ing fours, thun­der­ous twins, el­bow-out an­tics, crashes, a pad­dock chock full of de­sir­able ma­chin­ery, celebrity riders... oh, and a deep tan from glo­ri­ous sum­mer sun. It’s fair to say that the En­durance Leg­ends meet­ing at Do­ing­ton Park in May was some­thing of a success.

Back at the Mid­lands track af­ter last year’s in­au­gu­ral event, the main four-hour race is now a round of the Euro­pean En­durance Leg­ends Cup. Four classes (Leg­ends, Su­per­bike, Clas­sic, Su­per­stock) cover 1969 to 1986, giv­ing a med­ley of bikes from exotic spe­cial­ist-framed rac­ers to tuned tour­ers, hopped-up road­sters and even a Yamaha TZR250.

Mix­ing classes works – 50 en­tries packed the grid. At­ten­tion fo­cused on the Team Clas­sic Suzuki garage – backed by Suzuki’s Vin­tage Parts pro­gramme, they’re as close to a works team as you get and keen to make a mark af­ter Jamie Whitham crashed on the open­ing lap last year. This time it was three-times Bri­tish Su­per­bike champ John Reynolds mak­ing a come­back af­ter 13 years to share rid­ing with Steve Par­rish and MCN’S Michael Neeves. They were fast all week­end, but re­tired with a me­chan­i­cal is­sue.

With favourites Neate Rac­ing also out, the race was won by Bel­gium’s Team Force (a Har­ris Suzuki with Stephane Mertens rid­ing). Guy Martin and Pete Boast were sec­ond on the Lincs Clas­sic Suzuki XR69, with French team Mo­to­bel just five sec­onds back on a Guzzi Le Mans. With a round of the Lans­downe se­ries, three GP Orig­i­nals races, pa­rades and track day riders, the ac­tion on track was non-stop all week­end. And, with club dis­plays, side­car rides, the Suzuki Vil­lage and other at­trac­tions in the open-to-all pad­dock, there was plenty to see away from the track, too. Get it in bold in your di­ary for next year.


A full en­try list and a Le Mans-style start cre­ated a great spec­ta­cle Team Se­gale Clas­sic’s 1062cc Honda: both fast and beau­ti­ful En­durance Leg­ends? Three-time World En­durance champs Phase One surely are

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