2016 Superprestigio Highlights

MotoGP Stars go Dirt Track Racing



VIDEOS | MotoGP & AMA Pro Racing

We’ve talked at length about the European Supercross rounds that fill the offseason schedule, but races like Paris-Lille and Geneva aren’t the only high-profile standalone events that run during the winter months. The Superprestigio DTX is a special race for stars of road racing, particularly MotoGP, and some of the sport’s top talent do battle on tight stadium circle track in Spain each winter.

The rules of MotoGP are far different than what we’re accustomed to in motocross, as racers and teams are kept to strict testing regulations on their works machines, so American-style short track riding is a very popular method of cross training. Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi both have personal practice facilities for their flat track needs, and Marquez is a common contender at the Superprestigio events.

It’s somewhat astounding that Honda would let Marquez n line up for the Superprestigio, but the newly crowned MotoGP World Champion proved to be in a class of his own during the fourth running of the race in Barcelona. Marquez overcame crashes early in the event and conquered the final race of the night over road racing veteran Toni Elías and American flat track hero Brad Baker.