The KTM MotoGP team issued the following press release at the end of a two-day private test at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Press release previews from the WSBK and WSS teams, as well as the organizers, ahead of this weekend's Thai round of World Superbikes:
We are racing at last. The first round of World Superbikes at Phillip Island means we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The long, dark winter is over, and motorcycles are circulating in earnest once again.
What to make of the first weekend of World Superbikes in the new format? Those who worried that spreading the racing over two days would hurt attendance and ruin the series have not seen their fears realized. Attendance at Phillip Island was around 75% of the MotoGP attendance there, really strong figures for the track.
Some caveats apply, of course: firstly, the Phillip Island MotoGP round is one of the most poorly attended on the calendar, though last year numbers improved. Secondly, the combination of Australian Superbikes with World Superbikes meant there was a full program of racing, and plenty for fans to see. The real test of the new format will come at tracks like Donington and Jerez, where attendance has been dismal. If they can get more people through the gate there, the Saturday-Sunday format will be more of a success.
Press releases from the teams after qualifying for World Supersport and Race 1 of World Superbikes from Phillip Island:
WorldSBK 2016: This Is War
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:
WorldSBK: Yamaha are BACK!