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Superbikes Russia 2012: new test for the World Championship that makes it more international
Superbikes Russia 2012: new test for the World Championship that makes it more international

The truth is that if you looked at the calendar of the World Superbikes things were a bit bleak, because only the Australian race and the Miller Motorpark round in the USA were run outside of Europe. Luckily the Flamini got on their feet some time ago and closed the contract with him well. Moscow Racewaand to put a race on the right calendar in a country where there is no other world competition. Something strange if we take into account that Russia has a potential market of 143 million inhabitants and an economy that for these times is quite good. With all this, this weekend we will be able to see the inaugural test of a circuit so new that on Wednesday the pilots are testing it for the first time.

The track features a 3,931 meter rope, has cost 130 million euros and is only 100 km from the capital Moscow. In the words of the drivers, it is a circuit with two very different parts, one slower and the other faster. Comparing it with a known circuit, they say that it seems a little slower than the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The slopes on the circuit could go against you, which in case of rain no one knows how they would work. We will have to be attentive to see how the weekend unfolds.

Pirelli will make the compounds available to riders SC1 front, a semi-soft that has been used in all the races this season and the SC2 front, a semi hard that has only been used four times. For behind the compounds will be the same SC1 rear, semi-soft, used in all races so far this season and SC2 rear, semi-hard It has only been used in Imola, Miller and Aragón.

Max Biaggi at Silverstone 2012

In the sports section Max biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) arrives with only 10, 5 points clear of Marco Melandri and your BMW Motorrad. And with 200 points left at stake, so little advantage could be wiped out on a bad Roman weekend. Although Melandri will also have to keep an eye on riders like Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Team Ducati) and Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) who also retain plenty of chances to storm the title. A title that could be the last of the career of Max Biaggi, who has already turned 41 and sees how the youngest come stomping.

Because if the Superbike World Championship has always been classified as the competition for "mature" riders, it seems that no one has told Loris Baz, which surprised locals and strangers at the Donington Park races, even despite the universal deluge that they had to face on dry tires due to regulations such as the single motorcycle. You also have to keep an eye on Carlos Checa's teammate at Althea Racing, Davide Giugliano, who at 22 is not slow either. I think that if Biaggi adapts well to the new circuit he will be a strong candidate for victory. So my bet is:

Race 1:

  • Max biaggi
  • Carlos Checa
  • Marco Melandri

Race 2

  • Marco Melandri
  • Carlos Checa
  • Tom sykes

Fausto has already warned us that the Liberty Racing team will not be in the Russian World Cup event, so we will not see Jakub Smrz or Maxime Berger or Brett McCormick.

Supersport: the start of the countdown

Supersport Silverstone 2012

The ones that we will see ahead are the main actors of this 2012 Supersport season. Kenan Sofuoglu, that since he returned to "his world" seems rejuvenated. So much so that at some point he can feel like it and he makes rookie mistakes. Or Sam Lowes, who little by little is cutting the advantage of the Turkish driver. With 100 points at stake, an advantage of just 14 seems too small. But it is that even the fourth classified, Fabien Foret is 40 points, with which he could still give the carom.

Even though you are sure to accuse me of betting on a winning horse, my cheer for Supersport is:

  • Kenan Sofuoglu
  • Sam lowes
  • Jules Cluzel

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