Superbikes: World Championships visits Navarre

Pamplona On the weekend of August 20-22, Navarre will host for the first time a round of the MotoGP World Championship, the highest international MotoGP competition only after the MotoGP World Championships.

An unmissable event for all car and racing lovers, but also for the general public, with three days filled with tests in different classes and various activities with the constant presence of motorbikes on the circuit.

This is the highest level of motorcycle competition that Navarra can reach according to its international approval, which finally stops in Los Arcos. A unique opportunity to watch at home a motorsport competition of the highest international level, with extremely even and exciting races, on a circuit that has been praised by all the drivers who have already taken the familiarization test.

What is the Superbikes World Cup? The MotoGP World Championships (SBK) is a world speed motorcycle championship based on the FIM (International Motorcycle Federation) and organized and managed by Dorna, the same organization that organizes and operates the MotoGP World Championships.

At SBK, the bikes that brands put on the track in the various classes must be derived from the series and the minimum units required that must be produced and offered for sale, while they are prototypes in MotoGP. The truth is that the difference on the track is minimal between the two championships, (in some tests it was faster than MotoGP) due to the level of preparation these series-derived bikes have. The most common thing is that in SBK there is more equality and the races are always more exciting with more movement and progress on the track.

SBK has often been treated as the second division of motorcycles, but in fact it would be a parallel competition to MotoGP, because in some countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France or Italy, this championship and its designations have the largest number or More followers than the World Grand Prix itself. Historically, this championship has been sponsored in addition to the riders from MotoGP, when they no longer have the opportunity to get an official or high-level motorcycle in this championship, so the ride that we can enjoy on the archaeological track will be of the highest caliber.

Three categories As in MotoGP, in the MotoGP World Championships we find several categories:

Super Sport 300 (World SSP300): It is a small class, with series-derived bikes ranging from 300 to 400 cc depending on the number of cylinders. What is remarkable in this category is the presence of Ana Carrasco, the only woman to participate in the World Cup. Anna was the first woman to win a world championship race in 2017, and in 2018 she became the world champion in this category. This year, after recovering from a serious injury, he finished third in the standings with serious title choices and has already won one of the races in Italy.

Super Sport (World SSP): Intermediate class, with series-derived motorcycles from 600 to 700 cc depending on the number of cylinders. Drivers who later stood out in the GP or who came from this championship have gone through this category such as Cal Crutchlow, Sam Lowes, Sandro Cortese or Andrea Locatelli, the current 2020 champion.

Superbikes (Superbike World Championship): It’s the first category in this championship, with series-derived motorcycles up to 1,000 cc four-cylinder engines, with powers up to 240CV. Dominating the last six championships has been Briton Jonathan Rea with his Kawasaki ZX-10RR. MotoGP riders like Alex Lowes, Scott Reading, Tito Rabat, lvaro Bautista and Jonas Folger will be on the grid for this year’s Navarra event.

Many big brands With the exception of Suzuki, all the brands that are in the MotoGP World Championship are present in the Superbike Championship: Honda, Yamaha and Ducati. This indicates the growing interest in this competition. In addition, BMW, Kawasaki and MV Agusta, absent from the World Grand Prix, have put all their efforts from their competition divisions in this championship, which is cheaper and with more practical results.

Since they are series-derived motorcycles, all the built-in technical advances finally end up on the models we can make available at dealerships.

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