The renowned Carrera De Motos Gran Premio De Velocidad La Baneza meeting, better known in the UK as the La Baneza GP celebrates this weekend 58 years of holding pure road racing action, in Leon, Spain.
Made famous by the likes of the legendary Angel Nieto and in recent times by twice Irish road race 125 champion Sam Dunlop, the 1.75 miles long roads course is extremely tight, twisty and narrow and one that rewards a calm collective approach.
Photo by Pepe Moran
Set to be graced by crowds of 60,000 plus, La Baneza is one of road racing’s most unchanged events.
Since it first began in 1954 the aspects of what made it so unique, hasn’t changed, the camaraderie between competitors, where fans stand and watch, the great atmosphere, there’s just something special about it, viva La Baneza!
Four races are scheduled to take place on Sunday, including the blue riband 15 lap 125/Moto 3 race.
The Qualifying/Race schedule for the 58th La Baneza Grand Prix, is as follows:
3:30 – 3.45 PM Group A Classic two stroke Practice
3:55 – 4:10 PM Group B Classic two stroke Practice
4:20 – 4:35 PM 125/Moto 3 Practice
4:50 – 5:05 PM Classic four stroke Practice
5:15 – 5:30 PM Classics Super Series Practice
5:45 – 6:00 PM Group A Classic two stroke Qualifying
6:10 – 6:25 PM Group B Classic two stroke Qualifying
6:35 – 6:50 PM 125/Moto 3 Qualifying
7:00 – 7:15 PM Classic four stroke Qualifying
7:25 – 7:40 PM Classic Super Series Qualifying
09:30-09:45 AM Classic two stroke – Warm Up
09:55-10:10 AM Classic four stroke – Warm Up
10:20-10:35 AM Classics Super Series – Warm Up
10:50-11:05 AM 125/Moto 3 – Warm Up
11:40 AM Classic two stroke race 10 Laps
12:20 PM Classic four stroke race 10 Laps
1:00 PM Classics Super Series race 10 Laps
2:20 PM 125/Moto 3 race 15 Laps
Words by Stevie Rial