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- Redding will have to risk again to prevent Rea from sentencing this in three rounds
- Supersport 300 returns in Misano
- SBK Emilia Romagna Schedules 2021
The Superbike World Championship picks up speed with the third round of the season. Misano will welcome the series-derived motorcycles under the name of Emilia Romagna, a world championship that after its two initial rounds again painted Kawasaki very green, or rather Jonathan Rea.
The champion of the last six titles has been leading since the first race at MotorLand and he doesn't look like letting go. Because his new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is doing very well, so much so that it forces rivals to risk more than necessary to beat him. In misano Ducati will race at home, but the favorite is still Rea.
Redding will have to risk again to prevent Rea from sentencing this in three rounds
What we saw in Estoril was quite significant. Even at a circuit where Rea is not entirely comfortable he managed to super pole and win two of the three races on the weekend. After two more hesitant years, it seems that the new Kawasaki has made Rea regain all his dominance.
And that causes rivals to have to force more. Scott Redding was successful in the first two bets, fitting different tires in the last MotorLand race and in the first Estoril race, but he couldn't hold out on the third. He fell in the second Portuguese long race while trying to chase Rea. And it is already very far in the world-wide one.
So much that It is Toprak Razgatlioglu with his Yamaha who is second overall. At Misano, the Ducati Panigale V4 R race at home and they might have a chance, but the Kawasaki-Rea pairing is stronger than ever, so it's going to be difficult to get a hold of them. They have to risk, again, to avoid that this 2021 in Superbikes has little history.
Outside of Kawasaki and Ducati things are difficult to win. Razgatlioglu could not do it even in Estoril, a circuit that suits him like a glove and in which he was hovering, but he skipped the start of the second long race and that made it completely impossible for him to win. Still, he got on the podium.
The other Yamaha rider who appears at times for the top positions is Garrett Gerloff, but it is unleashed at this start of the season. At MotorLand he took Jonathan Rea off the track, while at Estoril he ruined Michael Ruben Rinaldi's career. He has to calm down now that his name sounds for MotoGP.
The BMW M 1000 RR is competitive in certain situations. We have seen Michael van der Mark, Tom Sykes and even Eugene Laverty riding in the lead positions on time, but we need regularity to find the long-awaited podium that justifies all the effort put into the new motorbike from the Motorsport department.
In Honda the season is already looking bad, and the exciting project with the Honda CBR1000RR-R it seems more and more evident that it is going to swallow up any option from Álvaro Bautista of being the world champion of Superbikes. Estoril was a disaster to be already in the second year of development, and the worst thing is that this 2021 seems a mere extension of 2020.
The Honda CBR1000RR-R continues to start races very poorly and grows as the laps progress, a huge drag that forces Bautista and Leon Haslam to waste time overtaking. But, in addition, in certain circuits they are not even competitive. They are last by brands, and the satellite team, the Moriwaki, will stop running for a while due to lack of performance. It paints badly.
Supersport 300 returns in Misano
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 hours will be the usual European and we will have a double Supersport and a Supersport 300 race.
SBK Emilia Romagna Schedules 2021
- FP1 SBK: 10:30 (DAZN)
- FP2 SBK: 14:00 (DAZN)
- FP3 SBK: 9:00 (DAZN)
- Superpole SBK: 11:10 (DAZN)
- SSP300 first race: 12:45 (DAZN, Esport 3, Teledeporte)
- 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, Teledeporte)
- Second SBK race: 14:00 (DAZN, Esport 3, Eurosport, Teledeporte)
- Second race SSP300: 15:15 (DAZN, Esport 3, Eurosrport, Teledeporte)