2011 World Superbike Official Test Dates Announced
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. The Portimao circuit is a favorite with most of the riders, and a big backer of the series, supporting the Parkalgar Honda team in World Supersport. The second test will take place at Phillip Island, on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of February, two days before the 2011 season opener at the Australian circuit.
The two official tests will not be the only times at which the World Superbike teams will be able to test, however. An unofficial test is scheduled for later in the month, from October 27th to the 29th, at which a large part of the grid is due to take place. New Sterilgarda Yamaha signing Marco Melandri will have to wait for another two weeks, though, as the Aragon test falls directly before the Portuguese MotoGP round at Estoril. Melandri will test the Yamaha at Valencia, on the Thursday after the MotoGP round.
BMW will remain on the Iberian peninsula, testing at Jerez from November 24th through 26th, then to Portimao on the 29th and 30th of the month. Aprilia and Yamaha, meanwhile will head down to Australia, for a private test at Phillip Island from November 30th through December 2nd, while Kawasaki will take advantage of the hot weather in Sepang to test for four days in January, between the 10th and the 14th.