Brod Open Races Preview

Brod Open Races Preview

Just one week after the ‘Prize of Krizevci’ meeting, another Croatian road race is planned for this weekend, the fourth edition of the ‘Brod Open’.

The race is located at the same circuit as in 2023, ‘Luka Brod’, 1.037 miles long street-circuit in Slavonski Brod.

Previously in 2021 and 2022, competition took place at a shorter circuit around a local football stadium, aquapark and sport hall.

A mix of yesteryear, modern bike races will take place this weekend at Brod, with around 100 entries in total.

Supersport, 1000cc race victors last year were Loris Majcan and Luka Nervo.

Superstock 1000 ‘Brod Open’ lap record holder, the prior showcased Nervo, set last Saturday a new unofficial Krizevci lap record, during qualifying practice. He went onto successfully seal 1000cc race spoils last Sunday.

Overall lap record for this week’s roads scene spectacle, top TT 2024 newcomer, Superstock 600 runner-up at Krizevci, Loris Majcan (50.734 record Brod Open time, unofficial record time 50.320), is a non-starter due to sustaining a leg-injury from a qualifying incident at Krizevci.

He has announced over recent days his intention to step up to the 1000cc category for 2025, his race bike for this season and the TT Races, YZF-R6 Yamaha, is now for sale.

Outside Majcan, Nervo, others last weekend presenting themselves in a good light included French newcomers, TT/Manx GP experienced Morgan Govignon and Thibaud Doutre.

Ones to watch this weekend are for example, Antonio Ciko, Domagoj Bulat, Teo Sekulic, Sinisa Bjelan and Matija Begovic.

A final note, the 1000cc field (Brod Open) is inter-twined with ‘Big Boys’ category, for riders over 40 years of age.

Qualifying/Race schedule, for this year’s Brod Open Races, is as follows:

Saturday, 29th June:

(Local time)

08:00 AM-1:00 PM – Qualifying Session (per class)

2:00 PM-6:00 PM – Race 1 (per class)

Sunday, 30th June:

(Local time)

10:00-11:30 AM – Warm Up Session (per class)

2:00 PM-6:00 PM – Race 2 (per class)

Provisional unofficial running order classes and number of race laps (that’s how it was last year):

Sport Production 125 – Supersport 300 – 12 laps

Classic (Class I–III) – 8 laps

Classic (Class VII– VIII) – 10 laps

Superstock 600 – 14 laps

Classic (Class IV–VI) – 9 laps

Classic (Class IX–X) – 12 laps

Superstock 1000 – Big Boys – 16 laps

An added bonus the current lap record holders per class at Brod Open Races (for circuit Luka Brod – since 2023).

(Year lap record attained near racer’s name)

Superstock 600: Loris Majcan – 50.734 (2023)
Superstock 1000: Luka Nervo – 51.107 (2023)
Supersport 300: Karlo Grsic – 54.827 (2023)
Big Boys 1000: Bernard Koljnrekaj – 57.541 (2023)
Sport Production 125: Mirko Zidaric – 59.084 (2023)

Photo credit: Nick Wheeler

Words by Jan Vavra

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