The series organizer and teams issued the following press releases ahead of this weekend's inaugural World Superbike round at the Chang International Circuit at Buriram in Thailand. This includes a press release from the series organizer with details of which broadcasters around the world will have coverage of the races:
WorldSBK ready for Thai debut
The Chang International Circuit hosts the second round of the season
After the thrilling season opener at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia, the eni FIM Superbike World Championship returns to the track for the second outing of the year, taking place on March 20-22 at the brand-new Chang International Circuit in Thailand.
The track located near Buriram (which means City of Happiness), in the North Eastern part of the country, is the 48th to host a WorldSBK event in the history of the series. The Chang International Circuit is also the fifth new venue to debut on the World Superbike calendar in the past five years.
The track’s 4.554km layout is laid on completely flat terrain and features twelve corners, five left and seven right. Following a first fast section mainly made of two straights and two right-hand turns, the riders enter a mixed second part of the track, which connects back to the start/finish straight.
With just one round completed of the 2015 season, two riders sit atop the standings with one win and a second place apiece. Former teammates Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) had a successful start to their new adventures at Phillip Island as they immediately gelled with their new machines both in qualifying and in the race. The two riders rounded out the race-winning numbers for Aprilia and Kawasaki in the series which now stand at 50 and 60, respectively.
In the mix with both of them for most of the two Australian encounters, fellow Briton Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team) left Phillip Island with two encouraging podium finishes and the confidence to consistently challenge for the top step aboard his Panigale R. The Welshman will be joined once again by three-time WorldSBK Champion Troy Bayliss, who is eager to improve his performance after his surprise return to the series at his home round. The soon-to-be 46-year-old will again be the substitute rider for the injured Davide Giugliano.
Last year’s title contenders, the reigning Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike) and runner-up Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) will be aiming to bounce back to the front after a difficult opening round which saw both riders playing catch-up both to the leading trio as well as to their respective teammates.
Still recovering from the neck injury suffered in a testing crash at Jerez at the end of January, Guintoli hopes to be fit enough to face the extreme heat and humidity the riders will encounter in Thailand. The Frenchman is looking forward to making the most out of the Honda package that proved to be very competitive in Australia in the hands of the reigning World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark, who had an excellent Superbike debut at Phillip Island.
After the promising World Superbike debuts of Spanish rookies Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Nico Terol (Althea Racing Ducati), the duo will start from the same level of track-knowledge at Chang as the rest of the field, a factor that could well boost their chances for impressive results in Thailand.
Keen on putting a difficult opening round behind them, the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki pairing of Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet will try to make the most of the opportunity given by the Thai Round, hoping to quickly find a competitive set-up for their GSX-R machines which suffered a multitude of technical issues at the Phillip Island races.
Thailand new challenge for the World Supersport riders
The World Supersport Championship heads to Thailand for the second round with Frenchman Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) heading the standings after his lights to flag win in Australia.
Cluzel's teammate Lorenzo Zanetti will be looking to maintain his strong start to the season aboard the second factory MV Agusta F3 675, while former Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will be hoping to show his true pace after finishing 6th in Phillip Island following a run off track in the early stages of the first race of the year.
The fight for the podium could be even closer than the battle between Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) and Kyle Smith (Pata Honda World Supersport) in the opening encounter, with several other riders looking capable of mounting a serious threat. And with the added unknown factor of a new circuit for everyone, Sunday's race could well spring some surprises.
Local rider Ratthapark Wilairot has already expressed his pride at being able to race on home turf for the very first time. His front-running potential could well have the local fans cheering come the chequered flag on Sunday. The 26-year-old from Chonburi will be joined by four fellow Thai riders: Moto2 full-timer Thitipong Warokorn and Ratthapark’s brother Ratthapong Wilairot (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) and the Yamaha Thailand Racing Team’s duo of Decha Kraisart and Chalermpol Polamai.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki prepares for Thailand introduction
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is looking forward to the inaugural World Superbike race at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand next week as the Championship travels to its second long-haul event of the 2015 season.
After a difficult race day in Australia, Alex Lowes is energised by the new location and looking to build on the potential shown in practice at the opening round. The Buriram track’s more conventional stop-start design will see the team reverting to pre-season test settings rather than those needed for the unique and flowing nature of Phillip Island and Lowes is determined to use this knowledge to continue his challenge on the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R.
Rehabilitated from his testing injury Down Under, Randy de Puniet is excited by the prospect of racing his Suzuki Superbike on neutral territory. The Chang circuit’s introduction will allow the Championship rookie a clean slate against his competitors while he continues his development within the Crescent team.
Located 400kms to the northeast of Thailand’s capital Bangkok, Buriram (‘the pleasant city’) is a largely agricultural region with a population of approximately 30,000. Pioneered by local politician and football club owner Newin Chidchob, the 4,554m Herman Tilke designed circuit cost 2 billion baht (circa €56 million) to construct, meeting the highest FIM standards, and features a combination of long straights and 12 corners. Its technical complex comprising nine turns can be seen clearly, and in its entirety, by the 50,000 spectators seated within the main grandstand and aims to create a breath-taking lap of both speed and precision throughout.
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki begins its campaign in the tropics at 10:30hrs local time (03:30GMT) on Friday 20th March with an extended 75-minute free practice session, before returning to the regular schedule for the second 45-minute practice at 15:30hrs local time (08:30GMT). Saturday’s Superpole will be on track at 15:00hrs (08:00GMT) with Sunday’s races scheduled for 13:00hrs (06:00GMT) and 16:30hrs (09:30GMT) respectively.
“The Chang International Circuit in Thailand looks like a great track. As a rider it’s always nice to experience new circuits and places so I’m really looking forward to the next race. The last few weeks, since returning from Australia, have allowed me to relax and refocus so I’m now ready to start work with my GSX-R1000 in FP1 on Friday and join the fight on track come Sunday.”
Randy de Puniet:
“My physical condition has improved a lot, I’m not quite 100% but I think that next week I will feel much more comfortable on the bike and definitely much better than in Australia. It is a new track for everybody so it will be very interesting to see what will happen and I’m excited to learn the new layout. We will start at the same level as all the other teams and riders so it could give us a good indication of exactly where we are with the GSX-R in comparison. I enjoy learning new tracks so I’m looking forward to the second round.
“Even though I was not 100% in Australia I still managed to use the experience to learn a lot from both races, and I think we can do well in Thailand. The weather looks like it will be very hot, which can be challenging, but I have trained a lot over the past two weeks to ensure my physical condition is as good as it can be for the race duration. I also watched the Thailand motocross race last week, it was very difficult for the riders in those conditions and I think it will be the same for us but I’m confident we can have a good race!”
ALTHEA RACING THAILAND PREVIEW
Team Althea Racing is ready for the second round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship that will take place in Thailand for the first time, at the impressive “Chang International Circuit” in the province of Buriram.
Following on from two positive races in Phillip Island, Australia on 22 February, with two solid results for riders Nico Terol and Matteo Baiocco, the team will head to Asia in high spirits and intent on achieving more positive results.
It is a brand new track for the World Superbikes, meaning that all teams will have a lot of work to do right from Friday morning’s session in order to find the best set-up solutions and be ready for Sunday’s races. The entire Althea Racing Team will continue with the great work completed up until now, aware however that the weekend will consist of many unknowns. The physical and mental stress for the riders will be high due to the extreme heat that they will face and they will also have to deal with severe tyre wear caused by the unusually hot conditions.
Nico Terol: “I’m coming from an opening round in which I did a good job but there is definitely still room for improvement and I think that we can make steps forward in Thailand. The important thing is to continue to work hard with the Team as I’ve done until now. This is a new track and we have no references of any kind, so we’ll have to work hard during the practices in order to be as prepared as possible for the races.”
Matteo Baiocco: “I’m pleased to have made my 2015 debut with two good races and the continuous progress made throughout the Australian weekend motivates me ahead of Thailand. As it is a new track we don’t know what to expect but I definitely want to improve my performance. I’ve been training hard and can’t wait to get back on my Panigale.”
The “Chang International Circuit” located in the Buriram province is the most recent creation from the world’s best-known circuit designer, German Herman Tilke. The track is 4554 metres long and its 12 corners are designed to ensure maximum speed. Buriram (meaning “city of happiness”) is located in the north-east of the country, 400 km (5 hours by car) from Bangkok and the track, south of the city, can host roughly 50,000 spectators. Temperatures are expected to be very high, varying between 40 and 29°C, but by racing in this period, the Superbikes avoid the rainy season which runs from May to October.
Next stop Thailand, and a brand new track, for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team
Arezzo/Borgo Panigale (Italy), Monday 16 March 2015 - The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team is on its way to Thailand for the second round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship, scheduled to take place this weekend at the brand new Chang International Circuit in the Buriram province. Chaz Davies will again be flanked by three-times World Champion Troy Bayliss, substituting once more for injured Davide Giugliano.
The opening round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship concluded three weeks ago at the Australian circuit of Phillip Island. Factory rider Chaz Davies quickly made his presence felt, underlining both his talent and the potential of his Panigale R by scoring two third place finishes and the best lap of race 2, and crossing the line within half a second of the winner in each of the day’s races. Davies thus lies in third position in the championship standings after round 1.
Davies’ teammate Davide Giugliano is continuing to focus on his recovery after suffering fractures of the L1 and L2 vertebrae after an accident in testing at Phillip Island on 16 February. Concentrating on his rehabilitation programme, Giugliano should be ready to return to the ranks for the fifth round of the championship at Imola in May.
The Italian squad, having substituted Davide with three-times World Champion Troy Bayliss at the opening round in Australia, will entrust the Panigale R to the 45-year old Australian once again this weekend in Thailand. Bayliss, despite very little time on track with the new Panigale R, closed race 1 at Phillip Island inside the points zone and is enthusiastic about riding the Ducati again in Thailand, where he hopes to build on the experience he gained in Australia.
The Chang International Circuit officially opened in October 2014. This weekend therefore marks World Superbikes first visit to Thailand, an important market for motorcycle manufacturers, and a country in which Ducati has its own factory, situated in the Rayong province.
Comments ahead of the event:
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7)
“I had the chance to visit the Chang International Circuit while visiting Ducati Thailand in January this year. It looks like an amazing facility and a great track and I’m always keen to race at new circuits. After the results achieved in Australia, I’m feeling even more motivated and am looking forward to getting back to work this weekend and seeing what we can do.”
Troy Bayliss (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #21)
“Firstly I’d like to thank the team for giving me another chance to ride the Panigale R. I’m excited to get back on track, and at what is a brand new circuit for everyone, so we’ll all start on a level playing field. I’ve been training hard in recent weeks and am feeling well prepared for the challenge. I can’t wait to get started.”
Name: Chang International Circuit
Length: 4.554 km
Race distance: 20 laps / 91.080km
LAP RECORDS: NEW CIRCUIT
2014 RESULTS: NEW CIRCUIT
Thailand levels the WSS playing field
Mon, 16 Mar 2015
CIA LANDLORD INSURANCE HONDA is relishing the challenge of a new circuit on the World Supersport calendar when the second round of the Championship takes place at Thailand’s Chang International venue this Sunday, March 22nd.
Simon Buckmaster, CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s team manager, said: “A new circuit levels the playing field for everyone. We will all be starting from the same point with no data or on-track experience.
“We are confident we can perform here. With Gino we are looking at competing for the podium again to establish him as a title contender. He has recovered from his foot operation so is physically in better shape now.
“Ricky and Martin are also in good shape. I do think they have a great chance at Chang as no one has raced there before, it’s going to be down to applying themselves and learning as fast as they can.
”Kieran has learned a lot about the bike and we will do all we can to get him a good points finish.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Gino Rea made a stunning start to the season with third place in the opening round and is looking for more success. Martin Cardenas and Riccardo Russo both suffered tyre woes in Australia when battling for the top 10. Kieran Clarke on his comeback ride after a three-year absence finished 18th.
The Chang International Circuit located in the Buriram province is 4554 metres long and boasts 12 corners. It is located in the northeast of the country, 250-miles from Bangkok, and can host 50,000 spectators. Temperatures are expected to be high at approximately 35 degrees Celsius.
There are practice sessions on Friday ahead of a practice session and Qualifying session on Saturday. The race takes place at 1430 local time on Sunday, 22nd March.
New Thai Adventure For KRT As Rea Shares WSB Points Lead
The Kawasaki Racing Team approaches the all-new WSB territory of Thailand with Jonathan Rea in the joint championship lead and Tom Sykes fourth overall after the first round in Australia last month.
After a strong first weekend in Kawasaki colours for Jonathan Rea and two battling performances from 2013 champion Tom Sykes the entire KRT squad is looking to the next challenge - an all-new one for everybody in the team.
For Rea another two podiums are the aim after winning the opening race of the season and then finishing runner-up in race two by only 0.010 seconds. His 45 points are therefore just five from the maximum possible after a dream debut on the Ninja ZX-10R.
With some set-up issues and being run off track at one stage in Australia Sykes is now looking to record his first two podiums of the year at the new Chang International Circuit located in the north east of Thailand. Tom currently has 23 points and is fourth overall in the early season rankings.
The Chang International Circuit is the first ever WSB venue in Thailand and with no prior testing there for the regular teams the first 75-minute long session on Friday 20th March will be an important one to make early progress towards a final race set-up.
At 4.554km long the Chang circuit is flat and features mostly slower corners, but with two fast straights followed by tighter turns there should be overtaking opportunities to exploit.
Sykes has already been on a promotional road trip in Thailand, taking part in PR activities, supporting the new Kawasaki effort in the Asia Road Racing Championship and meeting the fans during a large-scale event in Bangkok. He is now looking forward to visiting a local Kawasaki factory before race weekend begins.
Jonathan Rea: “To be honest we had a much better start in Australia then we imagined. I know we were quite reserved with targets at Phillip Island as it had not been a circuit that has favoured the bike but we managed the set-up quite well. I was surprised with our pace. What I did learn was that all week we had been having some problems but Pere, Paolo and the guys at Showa worked it out and on raceday we had a package to ride a strong 22 laps each time. That really impressed me. In the end I had a bike that I was really happy with. That gives me a little extra confidence now and because things are still reasonably fresh for me, to have that feeling is good. I have been in Thailand for a while and I always had a plan to come out for a week before the race. We never got to go on a family holiday last year so we are taking a few days here to recharge the batteries ready for round two, and to get acclimatised to the conditions a little.”
Tom Sykes: “I am looking forward to the first ever WSB race in Thailand. We are competing in a world championship and we are certainly doing more overseas races now. I am really looking forward to going to the new venue and I know from experience that the fans in that part of the world are fanatical about bikes as well. We have seen the circuit layout and for me it looks like what we generally expect from a European circuit. Hairpins and not so many long, long corners. The circuit is obviously a new challenge for everybody and I am sure the temperature and humidity will be something different.”
Other Kawasaki riders are hoping to make a big impact in Thailand with David Salom (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) in particular out to score well after suffering a fast crash in Australia and missing the opening two races.
New Father Sofuoglu Motivated For First Ever WSS Race In Thailand
Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and his fellow Ninja ZX-6R rider Marco Faccani are now making their final preparations for the first ever FIM Supersport World Championship race in Thailand, to be held between 20 and 22nd March at the Chang International Circuit near the town of Buriram.
During the first round of the championship, on 22nd February in Australia, Sofuoglu rode to sixth place despite having to run off track, making a stirring comeback and setting the fastest lap of the race on the way.
Despite his vast experience and three previous WSS titles, Sofuoglu will be like most of his peers on Friday 20th March, as he takes his very first steps onto the modern 4.554km circuit in what are expected to be hot and humid weather conditions. Sofuoglu recently became a new father and is keen to have a strong raceday in Thailand before heading back home to see mother and baby again soon after the race weekend has been completed.
Sofuoglu’s partner in the Puccetti Racing garage, Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) enjoyed his first WSS outing in Australia and is keen to get back on track in his rookie full season in the class. The 2014 Superstock 600 European Champion has only competed in four WSS races, and is keen to improve on his 12th place finish in round one.
American PJ Jacobsen and French rider Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpress) make up a strong pairing for the Czech-based team in 2015, but each suffered some misfortune in Australia and will be heading to the race in Buriram to get back to their best on the Ninja ZX-6R.
Kenan Sofuoglu: “Chang will be a new track for all the riders except maybe the ones from Thailand. When I looked at a video from a previous event it looks like there are some long straights and sharp corners at the circuit. Until we go on the track it is difficult to speak about it but I know it will not be easy because the temperature and the humidity will be high, so the conditions will be difficult. I have prepared myself really hard for that and in that area I think I will be very strong. The package we have with Puccetti racing is very, very good and it should be even better than in Phillip Island as we have some improvements to bring to Thailand. In one way it will be difficult for me to go to Thailand for a week because I just became a father for the first time a few days ago. So I have to leave the baby and go away for a week but I think it is a good motivation for me to race well and come back home soon. My motivation is going to be strong on the weekend.”
Pata Honda riders warm-up for demanding Thai round
Pata Honda World Superbike riders Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark got the ball rolling for round two of the 2015 championship season in Thailand by visiting one of the world’s most prestigious Honda dealerships in Bangkok today.
Before driving 400km north-east to the new Chang International Circuit at Buriram the heart of Thailand’s interior, the Pata Honda duo met fans and staff at the Honda BigWing store in the Thai capital.
Like most of their rivals, neither Guintoli nor van der Mark have raced in Thailand before but both are eager to test their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines around the Hermann Tilke-designed 4.554km circuit, featuring five left and seven right-hand corners.
Weather conditions are likely to have a powerful effect on the riders at Buriram as temperatures over the race weekend are expected to be in the high thirties centigrade with humidity levels approaching 90%.
The weekend’s action kicks off on Friday 20 March with two free practice sessions for Superpole on Saturday afternoon which will determine the grid for Sunday’s two 20-lap inaugural WSBK races in Thailand.
It’s been great to spend some time meeting some of the local fans in this really futuristic Honda BigWing dealership. It’s more like a concept or a fashion store than a bike shop and it’s a great way to get introduced to Thailand. I’m really looking forward to riding at this new track at Buriram which looks really exciting. I’ve watched some races on YouTube and it looks like a lot of fun and I’m hoping it will suit the characteristics of the CBR. My back is feeling better now so hopefully I won’t suffer as much as in Australia. So it’s all really exciting and I can’t wait to discover this new circuit.
Michael van der Mark
I really enjoy riding new tracks, especially ones where everyone is new to the circuit, so we’ll see who is fast and who gets the best set-up. I think we left Australia with a really good feeling, which was a really amazing experience for me where the bike felt really great. I know this weekend will be just as difficult but I’m looking forward to it because I’m usually quite fast at new tracks. I watched a few races on the internet and I think it’s a track that’ll really suit me because, from the videos I’ve seen, it looks really fast. Now I’m here, I just can’t wait to get out there and see how it is.
SUPERBIKE: APRILIA TAKES ON THE SECOND WORLD SBK ROUND AT THE TOP OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
LEON HASLAM AND JORDI TORRES ARE DETERMINED TO CONTINUE THE WINNING STREAK BEGUN AT PHILLIP ISLAND.
Buriram (Thailand), 18 March 2015 – Aprilia is ready to tackle the second World Superbike Championship round that will be held from 20 to 22 March at the Chang International Circuit of Buriram in Thailand.
This will be the first time a world racing championship round has been held on the new Thai track which is 4554 metres long, designed by German Hemann Tilke.
The Chang International Circuit is located near the city of Buriram, more than 400 from the capital of Bangkok.
After a win and a second place finish at Phillip Island astride the world champion RSV4 and leader of the Manufacturer standings, Leon Haslam is keen to confirm his competitive edge on the new Thai track as well. In Australia the English rider showed that he has an excellent feeling with the Aprilia Racing – Red Devils team 2015 version RSV4 and that he is more than capable of taking advantage of its great potential. At Buriram Leon is also anxious to confirm his position at the top and maintain his leadership in the championship standings.
Leon Haslam: “I'm curious to see this new track that I'm told is characterised by two straight stretches a few slow turns. I'm expecting very high temperatures and a humid climate similar to Sepang, so I've been training and I'm ready to take on even difficult climates. In Australia my feeling on the RSV4 was excellent and I hope it will be the same in Thailand as well. We'll be working from Friday to find a setup suitable for this track and I hope to continue the positive trend we started at Phillip Island.”
Jordi Torres' début in the Superbike championship can certainly be considered positive. The young Spanish rider showed that he can keep up with the front runners, a situation that was confirmed by his performance in the first race. In Thailand Torres, who is coming from the Moto2 class, will have to work to adapt his riding style to the powerful RSV4, but he will be able to count on all the experience and skill of the Aprilia Racing – Red Devils team.
Jordi Torres: “I'm usually a quick learner on new tracks and I hope that will be the case for the Chang International Circuit as well. From what we're told it doesn't seem to be a track with any particular characteristics, so more than learning the new track I'll have to focus on my riding style, which I'm trying to adapt to the Aprilia RSV4. My maiden race in Superbike was positive, so I hope I'll be able to do well here in Thailand as well.”
WorldSBK debuts in Thailand and enjoys increased TV coverage
The eni FIM WorldSBK makes an historic debut in Thailand for the second round of the series at Chang International Circuit this weekend. This event, and the rest of the coming season, will enjoy improved and wider-spread TV coverage as new markets come on board and more feature content is made available.
The Dutch commercial network RTL 7 is the newest arrival and will feature one-hour race highlights aired after most of the events, starting with the Thai round. Following the successful World Superbike debut of local hero Michael van der Mark, WSS World Champion in 2014, the Dutch F2A channel has a special preview scheduled for the Assen round (17–19 April).
Leading Italian broadcaster Mediaset Italia will continue to provide a wider coverage of all the action on Saturdays and Sundays after the encouraging audience numbers of the Australian Round, which reached a peak of 2 million on race day.
European fans can follow all of the action on the long-time WorldSBK broadcasting partner Eurosport. With four british riders in the top four in Australia, WorldSBK will have as always a huge interest for UK fans that will be able to follow all the Live coverage provided once again by Eurosport UK. On the other hand, Britain’s Channel 4 airs the 26-minute magazine on a free-to-air basis.
With a powerful Spanish Armada led by Jordi Torres, David Salom and Nico Terol on the 2015 WorldSBK grid, Teledeporte is screening the majority of races live for free-to-air viewing in Spain.
Fox Sport Australia was once again providing in-depth coverage for the Down-under round in Phillip Island one month ago and will continue broadcasting all the races of the Championship on Live-basis. SBS, the F2A national network, will continue to broadcast the 26-minute recap of the each event for all the Australian fans.
Given the huge importance of the Championship for the Asian motorcycling community, FOX Sports Asia will carry on broadcasting the Series for all Asian racing enthusiasts. In addition, the new Thai chapter will be live on the free-to-air national network Channel 3, both for the Superpole on Saturday and race day on Sunday.
In addition, the awareness of the eni FIM WorldSBK will increase in Thailand, thanks to the Free-to-air Channel True4You that will broadcast all of the 26-minute highlight programmes for the rest of the season. Meanwhile in Japan, fans can enjoy every moment of the 2015 season, as all World Superbike races are live for the first time on J-Sports.
Thanks to all the WorldSBK pan-continental partners, the production-based motorcycle World Series is now available to viewers almost everywhere around the world. SuperSport Pan-Africa will deliver an even more extensive coverage of every event on the calendar.
FOX Latin America, ESPN+Brazil and USA network beIN US continue to provide greater coverage not only because South American riders such reigning Superstock 1000 Champion Leandro `Tati’ Mercado from Argentina and multi AMA race winner Martin Cardenas from Colombia are racing, but also to focus on the many Spanish and American riders competing in the series this year.
Qatari fans can follow the path to the season’s grand finale set for October 18th at the Losail International Circuit on beIN MENA.
In order to enhance Superbike coverage even more, this year Dorna WSBK Organization will be providing more top-quality news and features, with interviews, racing and behind-the-scenes content for its partners as the season gains momentum.
The online visibility of the eni FIM WorldSBK has vastly increased over the past year. Comparing data from the Australian Round in 2014 and 2015, the WorldSBK.com website increased its incoming traffic from social networks by an impressive 192%, while the user-reach of the official WorldSBK Facebook page elevated to a whole new level, being up no less than 330%.
The official Twitter account of the WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) also played an important role in the higher profile of the series, as user engagement rose by a staggering 1,675%, while the number of ‘favourite tweets’ increased by 626.9%.
The eni FIM WorldSBK is also present on Instagram and YouTube.