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Steve English Superbike Snippets - Round 1, Aragon: Kawasaki's Lost Revs, Intermediates vs Slicks, Toprak's Work Ethic, And BMW Rising

The opening round of the 2021 Superbike World Championship is in the books and after three intriguing races there’s a lot to dissect ahead of this weekend’s round at Estoril.

New Kawasaki

The “new” Kawasaki ZX10-RR certainly looks different. With aerodynamic upgrades it has a very different profile, but this is very much a facelift rather than a new model. Engine upgrades were quite limited but with some new parts they had found a not insignificant 500rpm. During the winter Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes both commented that the bike was now much better as they wound on the power.

With a much fuller power curve the big advantage is found mid-range rather than in outright power. The Kawasaki doesn’t make its power at maximum revs. “We’ve been filling in the gaps of the power curve” was how Rea explained the improvements. That didn’t mean the team weren’t frustrated to lose the extra revs though.

Clearly annoyed at finding improvements and not being able to use them will always leave a team feeling exposed but in Aragon they found a way to make it work. The Kawasaki came away with podiums in all three races and leading the standings. It was a fantastic weekend for Team Green and gives them a lot to build on.

Rea’s performances will never surprise. Winning his 100th WorldSBK race on Saturday got a monkey off his back but as he was always going to win races this year, it was a question of when, not if.

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2021 Aragon World Supersport Race 2 Result: Patience And Preparation Pay

World Supersport race two would be missing two riders at the start, with Nikki Tuuli and Thomas Gradinger being declared unfit, Tuuli with a concussion and Gradinger with a foot contusion. Pole-sitter Jules Cluzel still has no luck, getting sent to the back of the grid for a tyre pressure infringement. The race was declared wet, making tyre choice a factor.

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2021 Aragon World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Tyre Choices, Please

After a damp warmup this morning, the race was declared a wet race. Ten laps of the longest circuit on the calendar would determine the grid positions for the full length race this afternoon. Tyre selection was being made on the grid between wet and intermediate tyres. 

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2021 Aragon World Supersport Race 1 Result: Thrills And Spills

World Supersport looks like it's going to be a Yamaha R6 series for one last year, but not if Nikki Tuuli and Philipp Oettl can keep the likes of Jules Cluzel, Steven Odendaal, Dominique Aegerter, Randy Krummenacher, Federico Caricasulo and many, many more in check.

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2021 Aragon World Superbike Race 1 Result: And We're Back

World Superbike is back and it gave us an exciting opening race. The season normally starts in Australia before taking a long break, giving us a strange pre-season race, but with the pandemic curbing the usual scheme of things, the opening round at Aragon had a lot to live up to, and it delivered.

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