Table of contents:
- Suzuki will return to the Superbike World Championship in Navarra
- Supersport 300 will not race in Navarra
- Schedules SBK Navarra 2021
The World Superbike Championship returns in a completely unknown circuit for series-derived motorcycles, the one in Navarra, in the north of Spain. An absolute unknown but one that will be decisive when it comes to finding the world champion this season, because the championship has been compressed to the maximum.
Jonathan Rea is still the leader of the world championship, but the advantage has diminished him to only three points after a very difficult weekend in Most in which Toprak Razgatlioglu was clearly superior again. And what little we know about Navarra suggests that there could be a change of leader.
Suzuki will return to the Superbike World Championship in Navarra
Although Superbikes have never competed in Navarra, pre-season training sessions for the teams and private tests have been held there. In them it was seen that Yamaha, and especially Razgatlioglu, had one more march on the Navarrese track. The times of the Turk impressed.
If to that we add that the general dynamics of the season is that Razgatlioglu is faster than Rea, all the ingredients are given for the Turk to regain the leadership of the world championship. In six weekends in the 2021 Superbikes, Razgatlioglu has been the fastest rider in four of them, and Rea in two.
In any case, Yamaha shouldn't chime so early, because If we know anything about Rea, it is that she grows in times of trouble. In addition, he is the absolute dominator of the poles, so much so that he has done all of the season, so it is almost certain that he will start from a good position.
Rea's problem is being the irregularity so unusual for him. He has to push himself harder to match Razgatlioglu's pace, and that is leading him to make more mistakes than usual. Has three crashes in the race in just half a season, the same as in the last two full years.
Behind, Scott Redding regained some small title hope in Most After a weekend in which he won the second long race, he was one curve away from also winning the first and also left the Czech circuit engaged. One of those events that change the dynamics of an entire season.
Now Redding is exactly 50 points from Rea, which means that technically it could be the leader of Navarra, although the options for that to happen are almost impossible. But for Redding it will be an endorsement to see himself again in battle, and he needs to ratify it in Navarra to keep the momentum all season. How nice would a duel to three be.
BMW and Honda will continue in their battle not to be the worst brand, where at the moment the Japanese are playing a rather gloomy role. Álvaro Bautista has already questioned his renewal and placed the focus on the supposed updates that Honda should bring in the next races, starting with Navarra.
The great novelty of this weekend in Navarra is going to be Suzuki's return as a 'wild card' three years after his last appearance in the Superbike World Championship. The bike that will be put on the track will be the Suzuki GSX-R1000 ridden by the Japanese rider Naomichi Uramoto. We will see what it is capable of and if it is the beginning of something else.
Supersport 300 will not race in Navarra
Going to the way to follow the races, DAZN continues to be the holder of the broadcasting rights of the World Superbike Championship. But there are other alternatives. Starting with Movistar +, which broadcasts all DAZN content. Eurosport will always broadcast the races live on its online platform, although it will sometimes be delayed on analogue channels.
RTVE also owns part of the rights, but they will only broadcast some live sessions. LaLigaSporstsTV, TV3 and the Superbikes videopass are other options to follow the races online. The schedules will return to be the usual ones for the World Cup, but Supersport 300 will not be in Navarra.
Schedules SBK Navarra 2021
- FP1 SBK: 10:30 (DAZN)
- FP2 SBK: 15:00 (DAZN)
- FP3 SBK: 9:00 (DAZN)
- Superpole SBK: 11:10 (DAZN)
- First SBK race: 14:00 (DAZN, Esport 3, Teledeporte)
- First SSP race: 15:15 (DAZN, Esport 3, Teledeporte)
- WUP SBK: 9:00 (DAZN)
- Superpole Race SBK: 11:00 (DAZN, Esport 3, Eurosport, Teledeporte)
- Second SSP race: 12:30 (DAZN, Esport 3, Eurosport, Teledeporte)
- Second SBK race: 14:00 (DAZN, Esport 3, Eurosport, Teledeporte)