Knee down, full gas, and on the redline at over 199 mph!
While the glamour of MotoGP™ often steals the limelight, it’s hard to argue against the all-action crucible that is the FIM Superbike World Championship. Certainly, if the first half of this year’s season is anything to go by, then it has been another vintage edition for the record books. The even better news for fans is that after a summer break, the World Superbike is now attacking the run down to the final checkered flag of the year – as well as the showdown to crown another champion. If you're not along for the ride, then you really should be; read on to find out why…
Nothing is decided until the final race at Phillip Island on the 20th November. That’s all before flat out weekenders in Catalunya and Estoril, as well as fly-away trips to Argentina and Indonesia. What all began back in early April at MotorLand Aragón in northern Spain, has turned into a white-knuckle gloves-off fight for championship glory. All this, with riders throwing their legs over production-spec machinery – which means what you see on track is closely based on what you can buy in your local motorcycle showroom – rather than the untouchable prototype exoctica seen in other Grand Prix series.
JR Pushing The Limit
Naturally, the top positions are dominated by some of the fastest riders in the world – not least six time world champion and record-breaker Jonthan “JR” Rea; who continues to astound by finding new performance limits for himself and his Kawasaki ZX-10RR. The Northern Irish racer has racked up five wins, six second places, and four third place podiums in the first half of the season alone – placing him third in the championship. A mere 16 podiums from 21 races then; not bad going. Only current defending 2021 series champion Toprak Razgatlioglu and championship points leader Alvaro Bautista are in with a shout of denying Rea a seventh title.