Riders look forward to enjoying great roads, scenery and heritage at the historic Motogiro D’Italia
As one of the longest running rallies in the World, the Motogiro D’Italia attracts riders from around the globe, evoking a sense of nostalgia as classic bikes join the procession as its winds through the stunning beauty of the Italian heartland. Considered by many enthusiasts to be the “Mille Miglia” of the two wheeled World, the event runs over six days from 26th May to 1st June, commencing and finishing in that most romantic of cities - Rome.
The one hundred plus riders from all over the globe will experience just under a thousand miles of stunning routes featuring breath-taking landscapes and sweeping mountainous passes. The rollercoaster route climbs to the very top of the highest peaks before sweeping down to the plains and forests adjoining the Adriatic. Scheduled stopover locations include Roccaraso in the heart of the Abruzzo National Park, the seaside resort of Montesilvano Marina and Terni, the hometown of the organising club.
Keeping to the traditions of the original event, which was established in 1914, this timed, road-based trial event features mandatory route check points and special time trial sections. Accurate timekeeping and roadbook reading will be key to gaining a good final score.
Organised by the Moto Club Terni L. Liberati – P. Pileri in collaboration with the Italian Federation (FMI) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) the Motogiro d’Italia is considered a ‘classico’ among Rally aficionados, attracting a diverse group of riders. Some of the priceless machinery already entered into this ‘travelling museum’ include a 1949 Brough Superior SS100 from the legendary film Lawrence of Arabia, a 1929 Indian Scout, and a 1937 500 Rudge Ulster. These bikes are joined by classic and modern Italian machinery from Ducati, MV Agusta, Mondial, Morini, Benelli, Gilera, Bianchi and Moto Guzzi. Ducati and Moto Guzzi are in fact current Technical Sponsors of the ‘Motogiro’.
Alongside these classic machines two great names of motorcycling racing from the 1970/80’s – World Champions Pierpaolo Bianchi and Carlos Lavado will also be participating, illustrating biking heritage in both the mechanical and human sense.
There are seven categories for competing machines: Heritage for solo and sidecar motorcycles built from 1914 to 1949; Historical for sport machines replicating bikes that would have taken part in the original Motogiro (up to 175 cc from 1949 up to 1958); Vintage machines of any displacement built from 1959 to 1968; Classic (1970-1980); Motogiro D’Italia a category for motorcycles of any displacement built from 1981 up to today and Café Racer for bikes that have been modified or customised of any displacement built from 1960. Finally, there is the Tourist class for enthusiasts who wish to follow the route and experience the event, but not be timed and ‘ranked’ within it, giving a more leisurely pace. The event will also feature Classic cars for the first time in 2019.
To find out more about this unique event or to register, visit www.motogiroitalia.it