Silverstone to Host MotoGP Retro Race

Silverstone's place on the MotoGP calendar is set to be used to celebrate the championship's 75th anniversary, with all teams set to run a classic livery in the first-ever vintage MotoGP race.

The birthday of the MotoGP World Championship has already passed. The first round of the first World Championship season began on 6 June 1949 at the Isle of Man TT. This year's TT runs until June 17, but the 2024 MotoGP British Grand Prix isn't scheduled until August 5-7, meaning those birthday celebrations are set to be a little later. However, it makes sense to hold anniversary celebrations at Silverstone, which was the original replacement for the Isle of Man TT as the British round of the World Championship in 1977 after riders refused to take part in the TT for safety reasons. .

Dani Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP Grand Prix 2008. Credit: Gold and Goose.

However, it should look pretty good, as all 11 MotoGP teams are set to wear the retro design. It's not a particularly new idea for racing in general – Formula 1 has floated the idea on numerous occasions, and NASCAR used its race at Darlington earlier this year as a “legacy race”.

But that means we have to see 23 (depending on the physical condition of Cal Crutchlow, who was set for a wildcard entry but had to withdraw from his previously scheduled appearance at the Italian MotoGP Grand Prix due to an arm problem). Bikes in throwback paint schemes are one-offs, which is hardly something to be sad about – especially considering the wealth of beauties in each manufacturer's history.

All covers are scheduled to be revealed during the maintenance round on Champions Day, which will take place on Thursday 4 August, at 14:00.

Regarding the announcement of the old MotoGP race, MotoGP said: “MotoGP is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2024, with the celebrations set to kick off at the Monster Energy British Grand Prix. For the first time in the sport’s 75-year history, every bike and rider will compete on the grid.” With a special one-off livery at Silverstone – all with a retro touch.

“Inspired by any chapter in their unique history, 11 teams will compete on the grid – including the five factories – in their own edition, vintage livery. Plus, fans can see each one of them unveiled He lives In a special event during Champions Day at 14:00 EST on Thursday at the British Grand Prix.”


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