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.
Miller Motorsports Park is pleased to announce the return of the HANNspree Superbike World Championship in 2010. This will be the third consecutive season that SBK has competed at MMP.
Over the past two years, we have received an "excellent" rating from the officials of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) for the safety and accuracy of our on-track activities; this is a direct result of the hard work put in by our loyal and dedicated volunteers.
The Stiggy Racing Honda team has never the less found it self put in a difficult economical situation and has been forced to withdrawal from the Superbike and Supersport World Championships in 2010.
The decision has been made after an close evaluation of the teams poor economical situation which was created during this years expanded venture by participating in both Championship classes. A hugh financial project that was poorly executed by the teams investors as a result of failure to it’s financial commitments of the 2009 season.
As BMW Motorrad continues to invested in producing, promoting and racing new motorcycles in World Superbike (the awesome new 2010 BMW S 1000 RR), BMW AG has reached an agreement with Peter Sauber regarding the sale of the BMW Sauber F1 Team. The contract is subject to the condition that the team has a starting place for the 2010 Formula 1 season.
Dr. Klaus Draeger Speaks…
Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG
The 23 year-old Leon Camier will be flanking Max Biaggi on the Aprilia SBK team during the 2010 World Superbike season. The British SBK rider, born in Ashford on August 4th 1986, made his Aprilia RSV4 debut towards the end of the 2009 WSBK season. Leon successfully competed in the Magny Cours SBK race event as well as the last SBK race of the season at Portimao in Portugal.
Leon Camier’s solid results at Portimao (sixth and seventh) and the post-race tests on the Portuguese circuit confirmed the choice of the young British superbike rider for the 4-cylinder Italian Aprilia RSV4.
LeoVince Exhaust and Electronics is excited to announce the newest exhaust style in their SBK street line of motorcycle exhausts.
This new LeoVince Sottoscocca or "underbody" exhaust has been built to specifically address the need for a better fitting and more efficient silencer system that will fit in the confined space underneath a motorcycles engine and chassis. Essentially if you were to look at this exhaust from the inlet sump it would be trapezoid in shape with a wider top, even sides and a slightly less wide bottom.
Davide Tardozzi, SBK project manager, leaves the historic Bologna-based company to seek new professional challenges.
Ducati, at the end of the 2009 Superbike season, and thanks to this year’s World Manufacturers Championship win, has amassed 16 such titles in this category. An important and significant accomplishment, in which Tardozzi’s role has been fundamental. In Ducati since 1999, first as Team Manager and more recently, since 2007, as the SBK project manager, Tardozzi leaves the company having grown professionally and having contributing greatly to the success of the Italian firm.
It was just another unlucky day for BMW World Superbike rider Rubin Xaus. Or maybe it has just been an unlucky SBK season all year long. During the final 2009 World Superbike race weekend of the season at Portimao, Carlos Checa’s Honda blew up in front of Rubin Xaus.
The incident covered the front of Rubin’s S 1000 RR BMW with oil and obviously some of it went on to the front tire. The oil on his front tire caused the crash. According to Rubin Xaus, " I am happy that the crash wasn’t my fault, but I am unhappy with the result".
Yamaha World Superbike Team rider Ben Spies heads to Imola this weekend looking to build on his championship lead over rival Noriyuki Haga. In a dramatic clash two weeks ago at the Nurburgring in Germany Spies put on a breathtaking race performance after mixed qualifying results to finally take the championship lead he’d been chasing all year with a win and a second placed finish.