Five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, MotoGP™ star Jack Miller and WorldSBK Championship leader Alex Lowes among riders discussing their favourite races
In the last volume from the favourite races series of articles, five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, current MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship points leader Alex Lowes, 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship Champion Sandro Cortese, MotoGP™ star Jack Miller and 2018 FIM Supersport300 World Championship title winner Ana Carrasco discuss their favourite races in WorldSBK history.
Lorenzo said Sentul Race 1 from 1997 was his favourite race, a titanic three-way battle between John Kocinski, Aaron Slight and Carl Fogarty. Lorenzo said: “I liked Fogarty a lot. And I remember one race in Sentul, in Indonesia, between Kocinski and Slight, both with the Castrol Honda. It was a very spectacular race until the last corner.”
Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) selected Phillip Island Race 1 from 2020 as his favourite WorldSBK race. Lowes finished second, and won Race 2 the following day, but selected it as his favourite for the excitement of riding for a new team. He said: “It's a strange one but my favourite race is the first race at Phillip Island 2020; I finished second in the race, but it was more than the race.
“I changed team to Kawasaki Racing Team, so I had a lot of excitement before the race and then the race itself was such a fun race. There were battles all the way through the race, lots of battling but the bit I enjoyed the most was the last three or four laps. Everybody was fighting for positions and it was so many riders that could potentially win the race, so it was really exciting to be part of this race. You know, every time you make a change in teams or a change in life, you always remember the first steps. This was the first step in green for me and the race was such a good battle, a strong fight and an enjoyable race. This was so far my favourite race but hopefully during the next three seasons we will have many more fantastic races.”
Australian MotoGP™ rider Jack Miller said Phillip Island Race 2 from 1996 as his favourite race because of the sensational on-track action. He said: “I am a big fan of WorldSBK but to pick one in particular… Ah I know! 1996 in Phillip Island with Slight, Edwards, Anthony Gobert, and Carl Fogarty as well. But Gobert beat them in both races and it’s incredible to watch the passes because his bike was very slow but every time he passed at the same spot.”
WorldSSP and Moto3™ Champion Cortese (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) explained that his favourite race was the Tissot Superpole Race from Misano 2019 as he started from the front row and looked good for a podium. He said: “My best race ever? I think my best result was sixth place in Jerez, and I loved Phillip Island as it was my first race last year. And Misano, even if it was for me not the best result but starting from the first row, leading and I was second until two laps to the end for the Superpole race was of course my highlight.”
Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) selected Magny-Cours Race 2 from 2019 as her favourite race as Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) won his fifth consecutive Championship. She said: “My favourite race of Superbike is Race 2 of Magny-Cours 2019 because Rea won the championship unexpectedly. I remember I was warming up for my race, but I was so nervous during his last laps and see him winning the tittle motivated me a lot for the WorldSSP300 race.”
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