Common Tread

It's Superprestigio Saturday

Dec 12, 2014

You have an internet connection. Use it like a real motorcycle race fan.

Whatever you're doing tomorrow, you need to carve out some time for the second Superprestigio indoor dirt track race in Barcelona.

MotoGP Champ Marc Márquez's fame and enthusiasm for dirt track racing almost single-handedly revived this event back in January and dragged it into the spotlight. When the evening ended with the long-awaited showdown between Márquez, who is surprisingly quick on a flat-track bike, and then-reigning AMA Grand National Champion Brad "the Bullet" Baker, in which Márquez crashed trying to keep up with the dirt-track specialist, there was no chance this event wouldn't come back for a repeat.

The promotional poster for the Superprestigio shows the deciding clash between Baker and Marquez back in January.

This year's night of racing promises to be even better, for several reasons.

First of all, the lineup is even stronger. Baker is back, accompanied by this year's AMA Grand National Champion, Jared Mees, and Shayna Texter, the first woman to win an AMA Pro Flat Track main event.

Just so it's not all youngsters, former World Superbike Champ Troy Bayliss is making the journey, and he's no newcomer to the dirt. In addition to Márquez, the roadracers will also be represented by little brother Alex, the new Moto3 world champion, MotoGP rider Scott Redding, and new FIM CEV Superbike Champion Kenny Noyes, a Barcelona-based American rider with a lot of dirt-track expertise.

The other reason this year's Superprestigio will be better is that there will be English commentary on the webcast by MotoGP regular Gregory Haines and flat-track racing legend Chris Carr, which will be a big improvement over the enthusiastic but repetitive shouting in Catalan by the public address announcer last winter. I also suspect the stands won't be half empty this time, as word has spread about this event and the bigger, more star-studded lineup.

Point your browser toward at noon Eastern time tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 13, for the live coverage. Meanwhile, get warmed up with some video from last year.