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Get ready for the Superprestigio rematch this Saturday

Dec 15, 2016

The Superprestigio, now a staple of the motorcycle racing off-season, is back this weekend.

I remember the first Superprestigio four years ago, when I huddled around my modem for warmth on a snowy day, watching heat after heat of short-track racing inside the Palau Sant Jordi indoor arena in Barcelona, a facility originally built for the Olympics. There weren’t that many people in the stands, and the only commentary was the public address announcer shouting the same thing over and over to fire up the audience, but it was motorcycle racing in the dead of winter. It was Marc Márquez racing flat track against Brad Baker from the AMA Grand National series. Did I mention it was winter? There was no competition for my attention. And it was awesome fun.

The event has taken off since, but everyone still expects this year to be another Márquez-Baker showdown. In the Open class, Baker will face European flat-track specialists, as well as world champions from Speedway and Supermoto. From the roadracing world, in the Superprestigio class, Márquez will be joined by former Moto2 champ and current MotoAmerica contender Toni Elias, former World Superbike rider and slidemaster Rubén Xaus, and other riders from World Superbike, Moto3, endurance racing and elsewhere.

You can watch the event streamed live, starting at noon Eastern time Saturday, at the Superprestigio website, even with English commentary, now, or at Until Saturday, get warmed up with these video highlights from last year.