After an absence in 2020, and a closed edition in 2021, the Sunday Ride Classic has recovered from its superb this weekend on the Circuit Paul Ricard with a more than successful 13th edition. With the many races, demonstrations and parades, the plethora of champions of yesteryear and today and the motorbike show, the fanatics were pleased to find one of its favorite events.
The Sunday Ride Classic and the Circuit Paul Ricard, it’s a story that has lasted for 13 years, and even longer, when the concentrations of old motorbikes took place at the entrance of the circuit. Created and organized by the passionate Jean-Pierre Bonato, the «SRC» has become a must-see event on the Var track calendar, attracting a large number of spectators.
Because the goal of the SRC is to bring back to life the older generation and discover to the youngest the history of the motorbike, the event brought together not only the vintage machines, but also the great champions of the past. Thus, a large exhibition brought together the 32 French Grand Prix motorbikes that have raced since the 1960s to the present day. European collectors of the friendly Spirit of Speed have traced back 50 years of Grand Prix on track. A real living museum for the pleasure of the eyes.
The particularity of this family meeting accessible to all is to offer a motorcycle show and races of old and modern machines. This weekend during the competitions and parades, the Grand Prix motorbikes of the 70s and 2000s have succeeded each other on the track : the star sports productions of the 90s, the most mythical Ducati and the current sports motorbikes with the Superbikes of the Pro-BikesTwin, 1000 motorcycles in total.
The organizers of the SRC can also congratulate themselves on being the French motorbike event that brings together the champions of the past and the new generation of MotoGP. The illustrious Giacomo Agostini, who will celebrate his 80th spring in a few days, was once again the star of the weekend : everyone crowded the pits to see the most titled motorbike rider in history (15 world titles) ride his MV Agusta.
After Johann Zarco in 2016 and 2017 and Fabio Quartararo in 2018, the Portuguese driver Miguel Oliveira, winner of 4 Grand Prix in MotoGP, was present this Sunday to meet his fans. One of the MotoGP stars took the time to do a signing session for the hundreds of fans who had made the trip.
The popularity of the event, - 20,000 people on the weekend -, once again testifies that the motorbike still has its place in the heart of the Circuit Paul Ricard audience. After the Sunday Ride Classic, the bikers will meet at Le Castellet in September with the Bol d'Or and the final of the French Superbike Championship.