The riders who will win the 24H SPA EWC Motos in 2022 will follow in the wake of Sébastien Gimbert, last winner of the event in 2003. The Frenchman remembers his triumph as if it were yesterday, though it’s twenty years later “Winning at Spa, on this iconic circuit that I’d been dreaming of ever since I was a boy, is an unforgettable feeling.”
The former rider of the Grand Prix Endurance will not be at the start on 4 June. But he already knows that there will a festival atmosphere at Spa-Francorchamps. “The riders are going to enjoy it as the location is so magnificent, the people are so lovely and there are true motorcycle fans”, he explains. And the wait, almost two decades long, is bound to make these reunions even more magical.
Magic, a word finally in the image of the Belgian track. “I know of no other circuit that offers as many thrills for a rider,” Gimbert continues. “Whether it’s the Raidillon or the long turns passed in block lean angle, it’s a really crazy thing that you will find nowhere else! The track is extraordinary, with very good grip that allows you take a lot of angle. And at night, where it’s dark, when you find yourself alone in the forest at over 250 km/hr, it’s a unique feeling!”
What advice would he give to those who will try and add their names to the winners of Spa-Francorchamps, in a few days? “You have to be really aware of the weather which is often unpredictable”, he points out. “The circuit is really long so it can be raining in one place and not in another.” Candidates for the Belgian throne are forewarned!