The 2011 World Superbike Championship returned to Donington Park this weekend for Round 2 after a year hiatus due to some revamps at the 12-turn circuit.
Taking his first win Sunday was the man that returned to World Superbike from MotoGP, Yamaha’s Marco Melandri. In Race 2, Carlos Checa took the win aboard the Althea Ducati 1198R.
2011 SBK Testing
The quickest time in the opening World Superbike testing session at a wet Phillip Island Australia went to Sylvain Guintoli on an Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1198 R.
Right behind the Frenchman was Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda CBR 1000 RR) ahead of the second Ducati 1198 R from the Czech Republic team in the hands of Jakub Smrz.
Temperatures are beginning to rise for the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike Champion at Phillip Island on Feb. 25 -27 in Australia. WSBK motorcycle racing teams from around the world are busy with final details as riders move to new teams and teams make changes in machinery and personnel.
2011 World Superbike Prep
The Effenbert-Liberty Racing team’s 2011 Superbike campaign has been getting underway at the Guadix circuit in Spain, where riders Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz got to grips with their Ducati 1198F10 machines last week in two days of testing.
The manager of the Guandalini Racing Team, Mirco Guandalini, has confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Jakub Smrz, and that the Czech rider will remain with the team on the Ducati Superbike for the 2010 World Superbike Championship.
Both parties expressed their desire to continue a collaboration that began in 2008 and continued in 2009, with Jakub concluding the season in tenth position overall on the Ducati motorcycle.
The weather was the real star at the second day of the SBK round being held in San Marino. The rain that started on the first morning continues to fall at the Misano World Circuit, forcing the drivers to make their qualifying runs on a wet track. It rained intermittently during the afternoon, but fortunately, the track was drin time for the warm-ups and the Superpole race. Jakub Smrz, on the Guandalini team’s Ducati, managed to interrupt Spies’ monopoly, and took home the Superpole victory with a time of 1:35:435, setting a new record at the circuit in Romagna.