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Bennetts Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival Preview 

The popular CRMC Donington Classic Motorcycle Festival (CMF) takes place over the weekend of July 30th and 31st. CRMC are pleased to announce that it will be sponsored by Bennetts Insurance and supported by the Yamaha Heritage Racing Club. 


Bennetts will be in the paddock and on hand to discuss the benefits of Bikesure membership and talk about your classic bike insurance needs. 

Already there are well over one hundred bikes lined up for the display of Grand Prix and Historic Race bikes, plus more bikes from the Yamaha Heritage Race Club that have yet to be announced. Most of the bikes on display will be put through their paces on track Saturday afternoon, and again on Sunday afternoon. The static display will be on the Melbourne Loop part of the circuit that is not being used for the racing that weekend. 

Earlier this year Yamaha Motor Europe launched their plans for the Heritage Racing Club project at the Lyon Motor Show in France and announced four official YRHC events that will take place in 2022. 

Yamaha Heritage Racing Club

  • • Autodromo di Varano 6th-8th May 
  • • The Sunday Ride Classic at Circuit Paul Ricard in France on the 10th-12th of June 
  • • Sachsenring Classic on 15th-17th July. 
  • • Donington Park Classic Motorcycle Festival 30th-31st July. 


The focus for the YRHC in 2022 is to celebrate Yamaha’s success in road racing before expanding in 2023 to include events dedicated to showcasing Yamaha’s triumphs in the world of motocross and rally. 

The aims of the YHRC are simple: to allow members to ride at some of the most iconic tracks in Europe, give exclusive access to advanced technical support, and provide the opportunity to register their machines on the official YRHC database. 

To whet your appetite even further check out the separate list and photographs of just some of the bikes appearing to date. 

Also sited on the Melbourne Loop will be the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club Show with a fantastic turn out of machines from not only the big four manufacturers Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki, but also examples from other less well-known marques, many of whom are no longer making bikes that makes a restoration all the more difficult. 

The racing part of the weekend is non-stop action on the National circuit with over forty races for solos and sidecars from the Golden Classic Era of motorcycle racing. The Sunday programme features two ACU Championship races with the winner of the ACU Classic 750/1300 race being presented with the Wheatcroft Trophy. 

The Peter Williams Trophy, kindly donated by the Norton Owners Club in memory of the brilliant racer, designer, engineer and CRMC Patron, will be presented to the winner of the Classic 500 race on Sunday. 

Similarly, the Ken Walker Plaque will be presented to the winner of the Classic 250/Air Cooled 250 race by the Donington Park Racing Association. 

Following on after practice and qualifying on Saturday morning, racing starts at around 11.45am and resumes again at 9.15 on Sunday. 

Advance tickets are available from the MSV website via the link below.