World SBK News
Some of the top teams in WSBK racing have now made their winter testing plans more concrete, and the next action gets underway for many of them before the end of this month.
The Motorland Aragon Circuit, in Spain, is a new track on the 2011 WSBK calendar, and teams such as BMW Motorrad Motorsport, Aprilia Alitalia, Kawasaki Racing Team, Althea Ducati and Suzuki Alstare are scheduled to be there between Oct. 27 and 29.Yamaha Sterilgarda is waiting until Nov. 11 to give new boy Marco Melandri a run out at Valencia, after his MotoGP commitments have been discharged. Between Nov. 30 Dec. 1 and 2, Aprilia and Yamaha will run at Phillip Island, to try and guarantee good weather and consistent testing conditions in the European winter.For the same reasons, the next planned track appointment after Aragon for the Kawasaki Racing Team will be at Sepang, in Malaysia. The extensive tests will take place over four days, and be split into two blocks – Jan. 10 and 11, and 13 and 14.BMW have two more European outings scheduled, at Jerez between Nov. 24 and 26 and Portimao on Nov. 29 and 30.