Yes, it's cold. In case you had not already noticed because of the little-nil sensitivity of your ears, nose and hands when you are on the street for more than five minutes in a row, they have been in charge of reminding you day yes, day also on the news. In Spain these temperatures are news, let's not deny it. But what had been making the news for a couple of months in central and eastern Europe was precisely the opposite; absence of snow and low temperatures. Late, but it has arrived, now that through the window you can see the snow-covered roofs and the channel through which mini-cruises to Holland usually pass is practically frozen we can say that we are in winter.
And good, So what are motor racing fans doing around here? As you may have already imagined, staying at home would be the last thing for someone who has gasoline circulating through their veins. The answer is simple, adapt to the circumstances. If you live in a city where the average temperature in December, January and February is -10 degrees, you have no choice but to put up with it and put a little imagination into it. This situation was what, back in the 1930s, led to the birth of a variant of the speedway most spectacular: Ice Racing.
People say that the Swedes were the first to put nails into the wheels of their motorcycles but that Ice Racing, thus known, was born after the war in the USSR, although it was first experienced as an exhibition and the first competition took place in Moscow. Much has changed since then but the spirit that leads these pilots to skimming the ice at more than 100km / h is the same.
With motorcycles of four times close to 500cc, made exclusively for this modality, can reach about 130-140km / h on the straights although we will agree that the show is in the two curves of the oval circuit. And that these are much heavier than those used in the traditional Speedway, 80kg of land for approximately 120kg of ice. To see them in action I leave you a couple of videos recorded in Krasnogorsk this weekend. Attentive, in the second, to the pilot from outside.
They do not have a great variety of participants and since 2005 the Russian Nikolai Krasnikov has been awarded the title consecutively to the present day. Because it may be that on the asphalt they are having a hard time but on ice the Russians have no rival and the only ones who can compete with them are Swedes, Poles, Finns, Austrians, Czechs and the occasional German.
A world completely apart from the one we knew where Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and company have no place. It seems that time does not pass at the Speedway on ice. We tend to always point to road racing as the maximum expression of pure competition but the truth is that Currently there are several disciplines that have not been influenced by giant sponsors that alter the essence of racing. Yes, rider protections have evolved, clothing, tires and motorcycles, so far they sport the Red Bull logo. But there are no multinationals behind every race or big economic interests.