2011 WSBK Photo Essay
For the average World Superbike fan, getting up close and personal with the men who pilot these production machines around world-class circuits is an impossible task.
I remember watching Mick Doohan winning 500GP races whilst Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Loris Capirossi battled it out on the Aprilia RS 125s and 250s in the late nineties. This was the heyday for the 2-strokes.
2011 World Superbike
During Friday’s qualifying practice session, Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa was able to top his rival Max Biaggi by a mere tenth of a second. And the Spaniard continued to hold this edge over the Alitalia Aprilia rider Saturday morning before Superpole.
Although Max Biaggi trails the 2011 World Superbike Championship leader Carlos Checa by 32 points, and didn’t have a single win this year, the Alitalia Aprilia rider is still optimistic, stating: "The championship is certainly not over yer."
World Superbike Qualifying Results
Most of us in California were asleep at 6 a.m. when the World Superbike riders took to the Monza circuit in Italy for Superpole.
There was the traditional shake-up in the time sheets that were established in the practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday.
World Superbike Testing
The factory Aprilia Alitalia duo of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier undertook two days of testing at the fast and flowing Mugello circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to ensure they will be fully prepared for the next few World Superbike race meetings, starting with Monza on May 8.