28th March – 3rd April
FIM MX World Championship - LIVEThe wait is finally over. The FIM MX World Championship starts on Motors TV this weekend and what an exciting season it promises to be. The best from Planet Scrambler will be out in force as riders and teams travel to Faenza in Italy for the opening round. Among them will be MX2 title favourite Shaun Simpson who won the British crown last year. Packing a KTM factory bike, the same as ridden by reigning champion Tyla Rattray, the Scot will be out to justify his billing as one of the world’s elite. MX1 meanwhile also boasts a strong British contingent with another national champion, Billy Mackenzie, and Tom Church looking to build on their 2008 successes. Catch all four races from across the two classes, live and exclusive on Sunday.
MX1 / MX2, Round 1, FaenzaSaturday, 29th March, from 11:00WPS Bathurst 12 Hours
This less famous of the two Bathursts is actually nearly double the distance of its more esteemed, V8 contested cousin. Run for 12 hours straight (as opposed to 1000kms) there’s also a different spec of machinery employed for the job with the purpose built Supercars ditched in favour of their more closely related showroom examples. In rallying terms, it’s a bit like comparing full WRC machinery to that of Group N. Damien Whiteurst, Rod Salmon and Tony Longhurst eventually came out on top in their Mistubishi Evo X in a race that also featured Hollywood A-lister Eric Bana. WPS Bathurst 12 HoursSaturday, 28th March, 16:00
FIM World Enduro ChampionshipsFollowing last week’s trip to sunny Portugal, it’s a short hop across the Iberian boarder into Spain as the World Enduro Championships pitch camp in Igualada for the second round of the season where a car park full of sand and boulders stand between the riders’ and victory.
WEC, Round 2, IgualadaThursday, 2nd April, 20:30
Thundersport GBFounded in 2008, Thundersport GB went from strength to strength in its first season of competition and, thanks to the credit crunch, it looks set to repeat that feat 12 months on. The series is back-to-basics motorcycle racing at its very best run across nine venues evenly spread throughout the country, including a support gig at Donington Park’s Moto GP round. With classes such as the Aprilia Superteens famous for creating superstars in Casey Stoner, James Toseland, Cal Crutchlow, Tommy Hill and Bradley Smith, the series truly has something that is fresh, new and exciting for the future of British motorcycle racing. The opening round of the championship comes from Mallory Park.
Thundersport GB, Round 1, Mallory ParkMonday, 30th March, 19:00
For all you French karting aficionados out there, Christmas has come early. For all you who aren’t, well, here’s the FFSA GPO championship anyway. Who knows, you might just spot the next Alain Prost. The opening round comes from the charmingly named Angerville.
GPO Karting, Round 1, AngervilleFriday, 3rd April, 20:00Superbike School: UKIt’s the final episode in the six part series and what a ride we’ve had. If this were the Generation Game, doubtless Bruce Forsyth would have the audience moaning an “ahhh” as one, but it’s not so lets just get on with the business at hand, namely what’s coming up on this week’s offering. Sheela kicks things off by learning the Hip Flick drill from Andy Ibbott, before catching up with classmate Derek Redmond on a track-day at Brands Hatch. Al Fagan meanwhile is riding his JHS Racing Triumph 675 that sees regular outings in the British Supersport Cup, as he searches for every last square inch of track he can find with chief riding coach Johnny Haynes. That’s followed by the obligatory look-back on what’s been learnt during the past six weeks.
SS:UK, Episode 6Friday, 3rd April, 20:30