Have you been eagerly anticipating the 2023 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials? Unfortunately, we have some unfortunate news for you. This event, recognized by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) as a Land Speed World Records event, has once again been canceled for 2023.
This is the second consecutive year that the BMST has been canceled. In 2022, the event was called off due to flooding in the area. Despite closely monitoring the conditions, it became evident that the course would not be suitable for the scheduled period. With heavy hearts, the organizers announced the cancellation and began working with participants on the necessary procedures.
The 2023 event was initially planned to take place from August 26 to 31. However, following Hurricane Hilary, the Bonneville Salt Flats experienced "significant rain." The BMST organizers explained in their cancellation notice that the wind was not drying the area but instead causing the water to move around, creating multiple small lakes.
"This is a tremendous disappointment for the motorcycle land speed racing community and the FIM. Many of us had intended to travel from the 2023 Bolivia Speed Trials at the Salar de Uyuni to be present at the Bonneville Salt Flats for BMST. Unfortunately, the weather has made it impossible to hold this event," stated Dominique Hébrard, the FIM Land Speed Records technical director. The 2023 Bolivia Speed Trials took place from August 16 to 21.
"Every year, we give it our all, and after the cancellation in 2022, we were excited about having an exceptional race surface and welcoming our incredible participants to set new records. It is disheartening to cancel due to the aftermath of Hurricane Hilary. We understand that everyone desires an exceptional experience, and we look forward to bringing world-class FIM and AMA motorcycle land speed racing back to the Bonneville Salt Flats next year," expressed Delvene Reber, the BMST event director and owner, in a separate statement.
While we cannot predict the future, let us hope that 2024 will be a smoother year for all involved.