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Covid-19 Curtails 61st La Baneza Grand Prix

Spain’s most famous roads meeting the Carrera De Motos Gran Premio De Velocidad La Baneza has officially been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Located in Leon, Spain the La Baneza event was set to celebrate this August 68 years since it first emerged on the real roads calendar.

Famous names to have tackled the 1.75 kilometres long La Baneza course since it’s inception in the early 1950’s have included twice Irish Road Race 125/Moto 3 Champion Sam Dunlop, Ramon Torras, 90 times Grand Prix winner Angel Nieto, Benjamin Grau and eight times World Champion Phil Read MBE.

Photo by Stephen Davison

A statement today issued today via Facebook by event organisers Moto Club Banezano, provided the following details regarding competitive action been null and void for this August:

“The suspension is the result of the pandemic we are suffering for COVID-19. In the face of this exceptional and serious health emergency, the organisation cannot guarantee the health safety of the test attendees, as well as that of its participants and members of the organisation.

A reason that has led both entities to take the costly and difficult decision to suspend this sports event, calling on fans to enjoy the 61st GP of La Bañeza Speed to be held in August 2021.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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