Last lap battles lead a week of unforgettable WorldSBK anniversaries

Monday, 15 June 2020 08:43 GMT

Silverstone 2003? Monza 1996? Aragon 2011? All this and more to come this week on WorldSBK’s social media channels!

There’s nothing like anniversary celebrations and here in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, we like to celebrate them in style. The 2020 season may be on pause but there are plenty of vintage favourites coming up across our social channels this week. From thrilling final lap battles at Monza and Silverstone, to late drama and enchanting battles, it’s a packed week of throwbacks!

Starting on the 15th June, we revisit Silverstone and the thrilling 2003 duel in Race 1, when Ducati’s Neil Hodgson was attacked from James Toseland, Gregorio Lavilla and more. “Hodgy” held on, resisting a final lap attack to take another home win. The 16th June takes us to Monza for the frantic 1996 Race 2. Despite leading on the last lap, Pierfrancesco Chili went off-track and dropped to fourth. But the Italian and his Ducati fought back and on the last run to the line, took victory in one of the best final laps of all time. Both will be available on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The 17th June sees a final lap clash at Misano between Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies. Davies crashed, leaving Rea nowhere to go, handing victory to Tom Sykes. On the 18th June, it’s a 25-year-old belter, with Chili once again featuring, for his first win. A crash in Race 1 before victory in Race 2, the Chili tradition was born. Another Italian was battling in 2011; Marco Melandri enjoyed a duel with countryman Max Biaggi in WorldSBK’s first race at Aragon. The last day of the week marks 11 years of Jonathan Rea winning, who took his first victory at Misano on the 21st June 2009.

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