After an exciting weekend of World Superbike racing at Round 8 in Misano, 18 riders will be back to full speed as they complete a mid-season, two-day SBK test Tuesday and Wednesday at the technical Imola Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit.
Seven factory manufacturer teams, as well as three privateer squads, will participate in the tests, which will prepare riders/teams for the penultimate round of WSBK action at Imola, a 3.081-mile circuit containing 16 corners (10 left, six right) in North-Central Italy.
Besides testing for the teams/riders, it will also be an important study for Pirelli, the spec tire supplier for World Superbike. Due to its elevation changes, hard braking and fast corners, Imola is a track Pirelli’s been hoping to test.
Testing for Alitalia Aprilia will be Max Biaggi, the current points leader and double winner this past weekend at Misano. The Italian will be joined by his teammate, Leon Camier. Representing Suzuki Alstare is the man in the runner-up position in the championship, Leon Haslam. His teammate Sylvain Guintoli will also be testing.
The rest of the factory-team testers are as follows: Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus for BMW Motorrad, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio for Ducati Xerox, Jonathan Rea and Max Neukirchner for Ten Kate Honda, Chris Vermeulen and Tom Sykes for Kawasaki Racing Team, and James TOseland and Cal Crutchlow for Yamaha Sterilgarda.
The following privateers will also be testing at Imola: Carlos Checa and Shane Bryne for Althea Racing Ducati, Lorenzo Lanzi for DFX Corse Ducati and Broc Parkes for Echo CRS Honda.
World SBK teams/riders will have a total of 15 hours on the track, allowing them to test various tires, chassis and electronics in preparation for the Imola race on Sept. 24-26.