The first ever World GP Bike Legends will take place at Jerez in Spain in just over two months’ time. It is a full three-day festival extravaganza from 19-21 June, and is the ultimate weekend for any fan of grand prix motorcycle racing.
At the heart of World GP Bike Legends is competition – it’s the first event to bring the legendary riders from the sport’s golden era together again to go elbow-to-elbow against one another on the original 2-stroke bikes.
An incredible assembly of former world champions and race winners who rode between 1980 and 1999 will descend upon Jerez to compete in three headline classes – 125cc, 250cc and 500cc. Some of the biggest stars include Freddie Spencer, Wayne Gardner, Loris Capirossi, Kevin Schwantz, Ángel Nieto and many more. The full list of confirmed riders to date is below, and there will also be a number of support races throughout the weekend to keep the epic action going from dawn till dusk.
On the other side of the fence there is much more on offer for the army of grand prix racing fans:
Live music on the Friday and Saturday nights – top tribute acts QueenMania and The ZZ Tops play on Friday with Toseland and the legendary Bonnie Tyler topping the Saturday night bill
Live action displays from one of the world’s most exciting trials display teams
A shopping village – it wouldn’t be a full festival weekend without somewhere to shop. As well as classic memorabilia and retro gear there will also be modern gear on offer, and plenty of food and drink to complete the party atmosphere
Open paddock policy. Unlike other classic events the pits and paddock at World GP Bike Legends are open to everyone – there’s no better place to meet some of the world’s top racing icons
Classic and modern bike displays around the circuit
More is being packed into the World GP Bike Legends timetable every day, with more riders, support classes and entertainment to be announced between now and June.
The wealth and diversity of talent coming to Jerez from all over the world is something never before seen, and below is all the key information for the weekend:
16 Riders from all over the world with a total 296 wins and 35 World Championships
Setting World GP Bike Legends apart, all the huge riding talents will take part in the Legends races competing on 500cc, 250cc and 125cc 2-stroke Grand Prix machines:
Freddie Spencer – United States
1983 500cc, 1985 250cc and 500cc World Champion
Wayne Gardner – Australian
1987 500cc World Champion
Christian Sarron – French
1984 250cc World Champion
Didier De Radiguès – Belgian
Multiple 250cc and 350cc GP Winner and 500cc Rider
Kevin Schwantz – United States
1993 500cc World Champion
Graeme Crosby – New Zealand
500cc GP Rider and TT Formula One Winner
Steve Parrish – English
500cc GP Rider and Factory Team Manager 1987-1991
Carlos Cardús – Spanish
Multiple 250cc GP Winner 1983-1993
José Luis Cardoso – Spanish
125cc, 250cc and 500cc GP Rider
Loris Capirossi – Italian
1990 125cc, 1991 125cc and 1998 250cc World Champion
Juan Garriga – Spanish
Multiple 250cc GP Winner and 500cc Rider 1984-1993
Ángel Nieto – Spanish
12+1 50cc and 125cc World Champion
Jorge Martínez * – Spanish
1986, 1987, 1988 80cc and 1988 125cc World Champion
Carlos Lavado Jones * – Venezuelan
1983 and 1986 250cc World Champion
Tadayuki Okada * – Japanese
1994 250cc and 1997 500cc runner-up, multiple GP Winner
Phil Read* – English
7 Times World Champion across 500cc, 250cc and 125cc, 1977 Formula TT Champion
Manuel “Champi” Herroes* – Spanish
1989 80cc World Champion and 125cc GP rider
*RIDER JUST CONFIRMED
ICGP – 250/350cc bikes from 1974-1984
125cc Post-90 Challenge
Bonnie Tyler (Saturday)
The ‘International First Lady of Rock’ will close the show on Saturday night with some of her greatest hits including Lost in France, More than a Lover, Total Eclipse of the Heart, and Holding Out for a Hero.
James Toseland (Saturday)
Double World Superbike Champion turned-rocker kicks off Saturday’s music line-up with his eponymously-named band Toseland belting out songs from their latest EP Hearts and Bones
One of the best known Queen tribute acts – renditions of international super-hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and of course We Are The Champions – which could serve as an apt theme song to World GP Bike Legends!
The ZZ Tops (Friday)
Opening the show on Friday evening will be this unique three-man tribute to rock music’s best known Texan boogie band who will undoubtedly bring the house down with classics like ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man, Cheap Sunglasses and many more.
There will be loads going on all around the circuit over the weekend. For some fun on two wheels there is a mini bikes riding area, plus an exciting funfair with rides and giant slides. There are classic and modern bike displays showcasing the top road and race models from the early years right up to the present day.
Look out for the following special features too:
George Formby motorbike act
Graeme Hardy is bringing his comedy act with that famous bike, the ‘Speed Demon’, from the film ‘No Limit’ to Jerez!
The Trials Shows team will be wowing the crowds with their gravity-defying shows throughout the weekend. Former Italian and European Trials Champion Mercel Justribó Agustí and former Spanish and European Champion Jordi Pascuet Mas will be thrilling fans with their two-wheeled acrobatics.
Auction by Stanislas Machoïr
World GP Bike Legends is partnered with Stanislas Machoïr, the sophisticated and full service French auction house, to offer an incredible opportunity to owners of memorabilia, classic cars and motorcycles they wish to sell. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit an entry.
Choose from access to the VIP Terrace open to the beautiful Spanish skies with a fantastic view of the whole circuit or the just released VIP Suite for a full day of hospitality.
One day is not enough – Three-Day Race Weekend Package includes access to grandstands, paddocks, live music and all entertainment!