*Children under 16 years old accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket have a free access to all Grandstands and General Admission areas (except Grandstand L Adelaïde).
Exclusive to WorldSBK, the Paddock Show is back with more opportunity to meet the riders, win official WorldSBK goodies and a SuperShow on Saturday. Two hours of entertainment involving riders from all classes, you won’t want to miss any of the on-stage action and autograph sessions.
FRIDAY, 27 September
12:45 h Acerbis Answer to Win - Competition for Fans
13:15 h Sofa Racer Chat Show with WorldSBK French riders
13:30 h Sofa Racer Chat Show with WorldSSP French riders
16:45 h Sofa Racer Chat Show with WorldSSP300 French riders
17:00 h WorldSSP300 Opening Day Show
17:20 h WorldSBK Opening Day Show
17:40 h WorldSSP Opening Day Show
17:55 h GMT94 Q&A - Meet the riders
SATURDAY, 28 September
10:15 h Acerbis Answer to Win - Competition for Fans
End of Race WorldSBK Race 1 Podium & Qualifying Show
16:00 h WorldSSP300 Qualifying Show & Meet ‘n’ Greet
16:30 h GMT94 Chat Show
16:50 h WorldSSP Qualifying Show & Meet ‘n’ Greet
17:15 h MOTUL Race Chat
17:30 h WorldSBK Meet ‘n’ Greet
17:45 h GRT Racing on Stage
SUNDAY, 29 September
10:00 h Competition for Fans
10:30 h MOTUL Chat Show
11:35 h WorldSSP300 Meet ‘n’ Greet
11:45 h Legends Chat Show
End of Race WorldSSP Race Podium Show
End of Race WorldSBK Race 2 Podium Show
End of Race WorldSSP300 Race Podium Show
Live Commentary for all sessions from Friday till Sunday & Chat Show with special guests.
Schedule subject to changes/cancellations. Follow PA announcements.
MOTUL ACTION BOX: Saturday and Sunday
Motul welcomes you at the Action Box (Pit Box N. 1) to enjoy the action from the Pit Garage.
FAN ZONE in the PADDOCK: Friday to Sunday
WorldSBK Official Series Merchandise
Hyundai Car Display & Road Test Drive
Hyundai Promo Booth to experience the world of Hyundai Motorsport
Shad & Acerbis display and photo opportunity with bike
Prosecco product tasting
Motocard entertainment & shop
VILLAGE: Stunt Matt Mekatrix
Friday: 17:20 - 18:00 h
Saturday: 12:05 - 12:25 & 16:05 - 16:35 h
Sunday: 10:05 - 10:35 & 14:45 - 15:20 h
VILLAGE: Soirée DJ Mast
Saturday: 17:00 - 19:00 h
SATURDAY 16:10 - 16:40 h Pit Lane Gate closing time 16:25 h.
SUNDAY 10:10 - 10:30 h Pit Lane Gate closing time: 10:15 h.
Activity with limited capacity, access only with special wristband - on sale at the Circuit Ticket Box Office.
KIDS: Children under 16 years old accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket have a free access to all Grandstands and General Admission areas (except Grandstand L Adelaïde).
PADDOCK: Tickets with Paddock Access are on sale at the Circuit Ticket Box Office.
PIT WALK: Tickets to access Pit Lane Walk area on sale at the Circuit Ticket Box Office.
Full name: Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Capital City: Paris
Time zone: GMT +1
Currency: Euro (symbol: €, code: EUR)
Electric plug type: C & F
Weather: When WorldSBK visits Magny-Cours at the end of September average daily highs are around 19°C (66°F) and nightly lows drop to 8°C (46°F). Rain is not unheard of at this time of year in this area of France, so pack accordingly.
This beautiful, modern European republic has centuries of romantic history and is a land of sophisticated cities, miles of fantastic coastline, epic mountain ranges, excellent cuisine and huge areas of picturesque countryside. France has a unqiue charm and leaves an impression on any visitor.
Paris is a chic and dominant capital city which enchants millions of tourists each year with its fine cafes, wide tree-lined boulevards, the Arc de Triomphe, the River Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the trendy designer boutiques of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
The Palace of Versailles, also in the Paris region, is a world-class architectural masterpiece. Cities like Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, and Montpellier are dynamic urban centres with rich local cuisines and cultures of their own.
Regions such as Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Burgundy and Champagne-Ardenne offer fine wines, excellent restaurants and wonderful landscapes.
Magny Cours sits in the Nièvre department of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of central France. This newly named region came into existence in January 2016 after the territorial reform of French Regions and covers a considerable 48,000 km2 area, inhabited by more than 2.8 million people.
The main place to stay if you are visiting the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is in the small city of Nevers itself.
This attractive little city has a population of around 30,000 people and has a fair number of hotels, many of which are three or four starred and reasonably priced. Guesthouses are another option in Nevers itself and dotted around the countryside in hamlets and villages within easy reach of the circuit.
There are hotels and motels along the along the N7 highway, which connects Paris to Italy and has also been called the Route des vacances (The Holiday Route). This road also connects Nevers to the racetrack.
Additional options include staying in a châteaux if your budget extends to that luxury, or hiring a typical gîte with friends for an authentic Gallic stay in the French countryside.
Nevers is the prefecture of the Nièvre department and is a quaint little French city. Small meandering streets lead you through the old town where some of the houses date back to the 14th century, while the Place de la République is an elegant tree-lined square, bordered by smart buildings.
Take in the centuries-old Cathédrale of Saint Cyr-Sainte Julitte or visit the Ducal Palace, built in the 15th and 16th centuries and now home to the local courts of justice and a museum. Behind the palace is an open public space where you can enjoy the view of the Loire valley, whilst the river itself is crossed by an iron railway line and a modern stone bridge. The Gare de Nevers railway station offers connections to major cities such as Paris and Lyon.
Elsewhere in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté the Burgundy region is a historical treasure and is famous for its Burgundy wines, as well as some fine Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Chablis and Beaujolais.The capital of Burgundy, Dijon, is some 180km and a two and half hour drive from the circuit but for those who make it that far it provides a real taste of the region. Famous for its mustard Dijon is a sizeable city with many fine restaurants and it boasts the imposing Palace of the Dukes, where the distinguished Musée des Beaux-Arts was established in 1787. The Grand Théâtre de Dijon was built in 1828 and the historical city centre has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A key point to keep in mind in this mainly rural part of France are the distances between the major cities and airports. Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is just under a two-hour drive from Magny Cours and Paris-Orly is over two hours away. Trains to Paris and Lyon from Nevers can take three or more hours.
Unless you abstain from alcohol you will surely want to try some of the local tipples, given how good French wine can be. Prices are often hiked up for bottles in restaurants but the house red or white will usually be of good quality and a glass is often part of the set menu (prix fixe / table d'hôte).
Excellent French wines can be bought very cheaply in supermarkets, although asking for recommendations from locals might be tricky unless you speak a little French. Once you have found a good wine in a bar or restaurant be sure to keep an eye out for it in the local shops. Oh and French cheese counters in local shops and supermarkets are excellent and the origin of each cheese is stated clearly, so buying local is not hard.
The 2016 race weekend at Magny-Cours marked the 25th anniversary of the first WorldSBK visit to the circuit back in 1991, when both races were dominated by Doug Polen en route to his first WorldSBK title.
Sylvain Guintoli became the first French winner at Magny-Cours in WorldSBK in 2012 (Race 1) and he repeated the victory in Race 1 of 2014, in his championship winning season.