It goes without saying that all the main players in the endurance world will be doing battle on the Bugatti circuit. Yet there will be something for everyone on the programme as three support races will also be run. They are the FIM Sidecar World Championship, European Bridgestone Handy Race and the Proclassic.
The FIM Sidecar World Championship is back in town with Le Mans the stage of the season-opener this year, the first of seven rounds.
The spectacular race always attracts a crowd. Sidecar racing involves a two-person crew: a driver or “pilot” and a passenger, often known as a “monkey” whose acrobatic role is to transfer weight to gain traction.
The European Bridgestone Handy Race was created in 2017 on the initiative of Stéphane Paulus (Handi Free Riders), Emiliano Malagoli (Di. Di. Diversamente Disabili) and under the aegis of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and the French Motorcycling Federation (FFM). It allows pilots with disabilities to surpass themselves through physical and sporting objectives. The 45th edition of the 24 Heures Motos and the Bugatti circuit will be the scene of the opening round of the 2022 season, which will include three meetings in total. Around thirty pilots will compete in the 600 and 1000 cmᶟ categories. “The drivers who participate in this championship are paraplegic, amputated lower or upper limbs or no longer have mobility in one of the two arms. The machines are adapted according to the handicaps. For paraplegics, for example, the motorcycles are equipped with a gearshift system and a manual rear brake,” explains Stéphane Paulus.
This European championship is a real challenge for drivers with disabilities. A rebirth by motorcycling through physical and sporting objectives.
Reduced mobility does not mean slow mobility. Indeed, the times achieved by the drivers of the European Bridgestone Handy Race are established between 1:45 and 1:55.
The Proclassic championship, which kicks off its 2019 season at the 24 Heures Motos, is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiasts to indulge their passion for classic sports and racing bikes. The Proclassic is designed for neomodern machines in the 600 Supersport and Superbike (750 cc and 1000 cc) categories. The Suzuki GSX-R, Yamaha R1/R6, Ducati 748/749/998/999 and Honda CBR will therefore face off on the Bugatti track. This championship promises a thrill-a-minute race where everything is to play for right up to the chequered flag.