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The rules of the game

Practice

Since last year there’s a new format with just three practice sessions on Friday. On Saturday the Superpole has become a classic qualification session again, which decides the grid for the first race that afternoon. A Sprint race of ten laps takes place Sunday morning that decides the starting grid for the second ‘classic’ race.

Races

The Superbike world championship is comprised of 13 rounds. Each round is run over two races of approximately 40 minutes with a distance of between 90 and 110 kilometres. A sliding scale of points are awarded at the end of each race as for Grands Prix races: 25, 20, 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 pt. The Sunday morning Sprint race allows the first ten riders to score extra points as follows: 12/9/7/6/5/4/3/2/1. With three races and different formats the teams have the opportunity to work on different strategies throughout the weekend while the riders and the fans can enjoy an even more exciting show.

Technical regulations

The Superbike world championship is raced using production based motorcycles. To be able to enter a new model, a manufacturer must produce 2000 examples for homologation. The number of engines is limited to seven for the Superbike class. Pirelli is the official tyre supplier with an allocation of 24 tyres per race weekend.

Bikes

  • Cubic capacity: 1000 cc (1200 cc for twin-cylinder Ducatis)
  • Power: 230 bhp
  • Weight: 165 kg
  • Max speed: 330 kph
  • Max speed: 330 kph

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Number of entries

22 riders from 11 different nations (Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Turk, USA and the Netherlands)

The front-runners

Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes, Alvaro Bautista, Scott Redding, Tom Sykes, Michael Van der Mark, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Eugene Laverty, Chaz Davies, Lucas Mahias…

The manufacturers

  • Kawasaki
  • Ducati
  • Honda
  • Yamaha
  • BMW

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