About Biķernieki Circuit
The idea of making the Biķernieki track first came to light in the 1950s by the local car enthusiasts. Biķernieki forest on the outskirts of Rīga was chosen as a location. A benefit of this location was its proximity to the city, making it easily accessible to both spectators and participants, while the trees around the track help reduce the noise levels.
In 1962, the track designers began their work. In order to make an exciting and quality race track, the initiators of this idea visited other car and motorcycle tracks in the Soviet Union. After those visits, it was decided that the circuit in Rīga would be with corners of varying radiuses, without long straights and with some elevation changes.
Building of the track was done in two parts. In 1966, the motorcycle track and karting track were finished. A year later, local enthusiasts also got access to the finished car track. For 1974, a new motobol stadium was opened, while a speedway track around it was made available in 1978.
Since 2011, the Biķernieki track is owned by CSDD (Road Traffic Safety Directorate) and there have been multiple positive changes to it in the last five years. The speedway track and its grandstands have been restored, the race control building has been reconstructed, the main straight and first corners have been repaved, the kerbs have been changed and the track infrastructure has been improved.
Biķernieki track is not only the epicentre of motorsports in Rīga, but is also a place where runners, rollerbladers or cyclists can practice every day. The track is also used for walks by mothers with young children. In winter, the Biķernieki track becomes a country skiing complex.