Keep up with the dates and don’t miss a thing
Four winter tests have been planned so far for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship riders, as they begin to get up to scratch with their new machines, or even get re-acquainted with their old ones. Find out the dates and what to keep up with below.
Winter testing kicks off at MotorLand Aragon from 14th – 15th November, as Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) will prepare for the much-anticipated debut test with the Panigale V4R. The British rider is very keen to get his first laps with the all new bike, but he won’t be the only rider to watch as Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) prepares to get his first chance on the ZX-10RR, and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) will be ready to defend his title for the fourth year in succession.
Riders don’t have long to wait for the next test, which is at Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto from 26th – 27th November. Taking to the track after the MotoGP™ machines, our WorldSBK riders will have two final days on their bikes in 2018 before the festive break. This means two more days on the Ducati V4, and two more days to assess Yamaha’s progress with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team), along with plenty of new bikes on the grid.
The first return to the asphalt in 2019 will be back at Jerez, from 23rd – 24th January for two days. As teams prepare to battle against Rea and his Kawasaki Racing Team in 2019, there is bound to be plenty of activity on track, with riders preparing to come out in Australia with some sensational racing action. Welcoming five factory supported teams into the championship for the upcoming season, this will be a very telling test.
One of the final chances to test their machines on European soil before the paddock packs up and heads off to Australia will be from 27th – 28th January at the rollercoaster circuit of Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. This won’t be a test to miss, as it will be the final chance to make some changes ahead of the official two-day test at Phillip Island. Fans won’t want to miss out on the all new bikes and teams making their final changes and updates, aiming to make some strong progress in the opening rounds.
Keep up with highlights from all these tests, with interviews and features all available on the WorldSBK VideoPass.