The FIM has just released an updated version of the 2011 World Superbike calendar, which includes the full schedule of WSBK and WSS, as well as the supporting Superstock series. The dates in the provisional calendar remain unchanged, but the circuits are now all confirmed, removing the last To Be Announced dates from the provisional calendar. As reported earlier, Donington makes a return on the WSBK schedule, with what looks likely to be a chilly European WSBK round in late March.
The dates of the official tests for the World Superbike series were announced today by Infront Motorsports, the organizers of WSBK. The locations of the two official tests are no surprise: the first three-day test is to be held at Portimao, on Portugal's Algarve coast, from January 26th through 28th, 2011.
With the 2010 World Superbike season at an end, and the calendars for MotoGP and Formula 1 mostly settled, the FIM have announced the provisional calendar for the 2011 season. World Superbikes kicks off as ever in Australia, at Phillip Island, after a test the week before. A month later - and the week after the MotoGP season gets underway - the WSBK paddock heads back to Europe, for the European round at a circuit yet to be decided upon. This was the weekend that used to be at Valencia, but pressure from Dorna is believed to have kept the WSBK series out of that track.
“It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.” -- Niccolo Machiavelli
Max Biaggi is an enigma. The man they call the Roman Emperor is outwardly charming and friendly but is best known for his darker side -- a career punctuated by trackside punch-ups both public and private, a reputation of playing team politics for keeps and a proclivity to slag on his current employer in the press, an unfortunate trait that ultimately earned him the bum's rush out of the MotoGP Paddock.
Although the loss of the live video feed from the World Superbike website is greatly lamented, Infront Motor Sports has some small consolation. On the World Superbike Youtube channel, IMS have put up highlight reels from this weekend's racing, showing the best of the action from both World Superbike races and the World Supersport races at Portimao. What better way to start the week than with a quick recap of the races?
World Superbike Race 1 highlights:
World Superbike Race 2 highlights:
Results and summary of World Superbike Race 2 at Portimao:
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Portimao:
Kenan Sofuoglu came away from Portimao with a hard-fought victory in second World Supersport race of the season, taking over as championship leader after a crucial mistake by Eugene Laverty. Laverty had tried to escape from the start, but Michele Pirro and Joan Lascorz soon latched on to the Parkalgar Honda rider's tail, later joined by Sofuoglu. After a brief scuffle, Sofuoglu made short work of his Ten Kate Honda teammate, bludgeoning under Pirro at Turn 12 to scrap with Lascorz and Laverty.
Results and summary of race 1 for the World Superbike class at Portimao:
Max Biaggi won the first race for the World Superbikes at Portimao, after a race-long duel with championship leader Leon Haslam. Biaggi got a rocket start, firing off the line and into the lead at Turn 1, but Leon Haslam was close behind. The Aprilia and Suzuki riders soon dropped the rest of the pack, and started swapping the lead between them.