After Michel Fabrizio had spent the past few years on the Ducati 1098 twin-cylinder motorcycles the SBK world watched the progress of the 26-year-old Roman rider with interest during the Phillip Island Australia opening round of the 2011 Superbike races.
In the following report, Giorgio Barbier, Racing Director of Pirelli Moto, gives an indepth tire report from the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia, that occurred this past weekend.
Pirelli is the sole tire in the 2011 World Superbike and World Supersport championships.
At the 2011 opening round of World SBK, Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) set the quickest lap ever recorded around Phillip Island on a Superbike machine when he powered his Ducati 1098R to a time of 1 minute 30.882 seconds, thus grabbing the first Superpole trophy of the year.
Marchesini Motorcycle Wheels
M7RS GENESI is the name of the new aluminum wheel developed by Marchesini – unique in terms of lightness, reliability and performance and based on its magnesium twin-sister used in the 2010 MotoGP, Moto2 and SBK world championships.
2011 AMA National Enduro
The 2010 motorcycle racing season earned LeoVince X3 two world titles in the World Enduro Championship, and now LeoVince USA will bring that technology and winning attitude to the AMA National Enduro Series as the official exhaust sponsor.
2010 SBK Season Preview
Click video to watch the 2010 WSBK season preview. There are currently 25 full-time World Superbike riders scheduled to join what looks set to be the most exciting and evenly matched two-wheeled contest of all in 2010. From Aprilia to Yamaha and all points in between, the seven competing manufacturers will field riders who are not only proven winners, but capable of taking more silverware at some stage this season. A look at the competing riders’ past records is proof enough of the high-class field.
Jonathan Rea emerged with the fastest overall time after the World Superbike three-day pre-season test concluded at Portimao in Portugal this afternoon.
After a total of 143 laps of the 4.592km circuit, the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider’s time of 1’42.470 – set two minutes before the end of the final session – beat the circuit best lap of 2009 World Superbike champion, Ben Spies, by two tenths of a second.
Rea Interview Video
Click video to watch Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea as he describes the up-and-down of the opening day at the 2010 World Superbike pre-season test in Portimao, Portugal. Rea talk about the test and the crash that left him sidelined for a good a part of the afternoon SBK testing session. The Irishman finished third fastest on the day.
The 2010 World Superbike pre-season opened today with day 1 testing at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve near Portimao in Portugal. Leon Haslam set the pace with Cal Crutchlow and Jonanthan Rea just tenths behind. However, Jonanthan Rea had a crash near the end of the session that left the Irishman with a cut finger and bruised hands. Rea sat out all but the last 45 minutes of the afternoon’s session.
Crutchlow ended the day ahead of his newly arrived from MotoGP teammate James Toseland.
The first official tests of the new SBK season get underway at Portimao between January 22 to 24 and the entry includes both riders and teams of the highest quality and quantity.
With some privateer teams still to confirm their final plans for 2010 there are already well over 20 top level riders in SBK this year, on machinery from seven different manufacturers, all of whom will be going all out to fight for wins during the 13-round season.