Motorcycle Racing News Monza: Superbikes See Faster Chicane

Monza: Superbikes See Faster Chicane

Monza Report

The oldest permanent motorcycle race circuit in Europe, Monza, has undergone some serious changes in its design since it was a banked oval in the 1920s. For this year’s World Superbike race there is another small but significant alteration to the track to improve safety.

The circuit is now 16 meters shorter than the previous version, even if at 5.777 km it is still one of the longest road racing tracks in international racing. The change in length has come from an easing of the first chicane, the Prima Variante, to prevent it being a bottleneck, particularly on the first lap or two of the Superbike race.

The entire first chicane section is now faster, more flowing and has already been voted a success by the Italian championship riders who rode on it last weekend. Lap times are expected to be considerably faster than before for the WSBK riders, in similar fashion to Assen, which had a similar change carried out to it before round four last month.

Monza has been used for 36 individual World SBK races (over 18 season) starting off in 1990 with a 5.8km circuit. In 1996 the length went to 5.770km, then in 2001 the track became 5.793km long, and continued to be so through to 2009.

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...

2021 BMW R 18 Test: City and Country Life with the Big Boxer

Let's say we hop into Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine and set the date for October 1936 and Berlin as a location. With us, we...

Harley-Davidson Tremont Shoes Review: Urban Motorcycle Footwear

In the on-going debate over how much protection is enough, the correct answer for each of us comes from within. Some riders would never...

2021 Langen Two Stroke First Look: Street-Legal V-Twin!

If you thought we’d never see another street-legal two-stroke sportbike, you’re not alone. There hasn’t been a full-size two-stroke motorcycle for the street in...