Sidecar action highlights weekend of Motofest at Daytona

Sidecar motorcycle racers took practice laps Friday at Daytona, and Saturday they make their racing debut  at the Speedway during "Motofest."

Sidecar motorcycle racers took practice laps Friday at Daytona, and Saturday they make their racing debut at the Speedway during “Motofest.”

Friday’s practice sessions saw a first at Daytona International Speedway: Motorcycles with sidecars.

The sidecar racing is part of this weekend’s “MotoFest,” which has returned to Daytona for the first time since 2015.

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association’s (AHRMA) Classic MotoFest is opening the 2022 motorcycle racing season this weekend at Daytona. Off-Road MX, Dirt Track, and a full slate of road-racing will be featured on the Daytona road course and tri-oval layout as well as the dirt track and the Speedway’s nearby “hay field.”

The AHRMA’s featured class is the Vintage Superbike Heavyweights, which debuted at Daytona 45 years ago. The first installment of the 2022 Vintage Cup Heavyweight Superbike series is scheduled for Saturday.

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In addition to the racing inside the Speedway, there will be Vintage and Post-Vintage MX on a 135-acre grassy and wooded site (the track’s Lot 7). Also featured will be night-time dirt-track action on Daytona’s quarter-mile flat track outside the west banking.

The Speedway’s infield will be open for camping all weekend. The infield events will also feature a Swap Meet and Bike Show, which will include local and national vintage motorcycle clubs.

For pricing and more information: DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Motofest returns to Daytona, and brings along the sidecars