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Royal Enfield 650 To Race DTRA

The Harris-framed Royal Enfield Twin that made such a stir when it was released at EICMA earlier this month is set to race in the UK DTRA series in 2020. The bike was entered to compete in the final round of the 2019 season, but an unforeseen glitch in development meant the deadline was missed, much to the disappointment of Royal Enfield's production development test rider (and regular DTRA racer) Paul Young.

If it had raced the twin was likely to have competed in the Thunderbike class, but the DTRA is creating a new class for 2020 - Twins. As we understand it, the Twins will be on track with the Hooligans, but running in separate championships (like the four- and two-stroke vintage classes).

Twin eligible bikes that are already in the UK and have previously raced in the DTRA or STUK are: XS650; XR750; vintage Triumph, Norton, BSA twins; XG750R; Ducatis; Honda Africa Twin, KTM, Sideburn 37 cover bike Wasp Yamaha MT-07... Over the years we've seen XS650s struggle to compete against the lighter singles in Thunderbikes, but be excluded from the DTRA Vintage (due to their overhead cams, we understand).

We haven't been told if the Twins will race at every round, the DTRA Hooligans have fewer rounds for their championship. We will update with info as soon as possible.

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