24H SPA EWC Motos 2022 - 02-05/06/2022

In 100 words: A track as legendary as it is demanding hosted international-level motorbike racing for the first time since 2001 when the 24H SPA EWC Motos revived the spirit of the 24 Heures de Liège, once an EWC calendar mainstay, from June 2-5. The iconic circuit underwent extensive safety upgrades mandated by FIM and FMB specifically for the EWC’s return. Central to the changes, which were ratified by the FIA in line with car racing requirements, were expanded run-off areas at several corners, the repositioning of safety barriers in some sections, plus the realignment of Turn 9, albeit for bike use only.

Fast facts:
*The return of the EWC to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps was first discussed in 2015, shortly after Discovery Sports Events (formerly Eurosport Events) became championship promoter as part of a long-term agreement with governing body, FIM.
*Although a 22h00hrs start on Friday was originally planned, the 2022 24H SPA EWC Motos got underway at 13h00hrs CET.
*At 6.985 kilometres, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is the longest circuit on the EWC calendar.
*In alignment with Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Discovery Sports Events appointed PHA Claude Michy, the organisation behind the French MotoGP round, to support the general coordination of 24H SPA EWC Motos.
*The return of EWC racing to Belgium coincided with Xavier Siméon chasing a hat-trick of championship titles following success in 2020 and 2021.

Qualifying report

Report after eight hours

Report after 16 hours

Race report

ESSENTIALS
Name:
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Location:
Rte du Circuit 55, 4970 Stavelot, Belgium
Track length:
6.985 kilometres
Race distance:
24 hours
BEST LAPS
Qualifying:
YART - Yamaha Official Team EWC –
Karel Hanika
2m18.845s, 2022
Race:
Yoshimura SERT Motul
Sylvain Guintoli
2m21.056s, 2022
2022 WINNER
BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team (Markus Reiterberger, Illya Mykhalchyk, Jérémy Guarnoni), 508 laps