WSBK – MNC Analysis of World Superbike in USA – Kawasaki riders play for 2016 title


MNC analysis of World Superbike in the United States

WSBK - MNC Analysis of World Superbike in USA - Kawasaki riders play for 2016 title

Beyond the points distributed, each race weekend brings its share of remarkable feats and poor performances, good and bad surprises. In its analysis, Site reviews the highlights of the WSBK in Laguna Seca.

Kawasaki riders play for the 2016 title

Unlike, when the same three pilots were on the two American podiums (Davies, Sykes and Rea in this exact order), the results of the two races of the were very different….

Remember that since this year, the two rounds of the Superbike are run at 24 hour intervals. This new programming,, complicates the task of WSBK teams who only have Friday to find the right settings….

On the other hand, the pilots have more time between the two races to think about their settings – and correct the shot if necessary. Likewise, a fall in the first round is less penalizing since the mechanics have the whole night to reassemble the motorcycle, more or less dented..

At the same time, the weather conditions can vary greatly between the first and the second round, and thus redistribute the cards … This was not the case this weekend in Monterey (California, USA): the temperature of the track in particular was almost the same in both rounds (around 45 ° C).

Saturday is his very first on the – funny – Laguna Seca track! The northern Irishman rushed for gold for the 25-point reward and saw his lead in the championship reach 71 points, or almost three victories..

Despite his impeccable "finish" against Sykes, the reigning world champion considered himself a little "green" for having made several mistakes which prevented him from better managing his race and his opponents. But this disappointment was very small compared to his …

The Wild West was rude to the ruthless "JR": while he was convinced to have the double within reach of the handlebars, the reigning world champion was the victim of a technical problem which put a end to its impressive series of !

Ninjas duel in the Wild West

"My glass remains half full despite this technical problem !"Jonathan tweeted on his Twitter account Sunday night, before resuming himself:"no, cross that out, my glass is pretty full ! ". An opinion shared by Andrew Pitt himself…

The two-time World Supersport champion (2001 and 2008), who is continuing his career as chief mechanic for Randy Krummenacher in the Kawasaki Puccetti team, wanted to congratulate his "compatriot" (the Australian and the Northern Irish both live in Isle of Man)…

"You are at least the author of the best maneuver in Corkscrew", points out Pitt to those who may not have attended the:"MotoGP overtaking is forgotten. Two at once, bravo n ° 1".

Another consolation for Rea: he has led the championship for 42 races (since), which is a new record! Before him, the triple world champion Troy Bayliss had held 41 races (between 2001 and 2002) and the quadruple champion Carl Fogarty 32 (1994-1995).

Tom Sykes also added a line to his CV this weekend, becoming the only World Superbike rider to have signed at least seven pole positions three seasons in a row. Even Troy Corser, yet holder of the absolute record for poles in WSBK (43 against 37 for Sykes) tilts.

On the other hand, the Australian "Croco" retains a clear advantage in terms of podiums climbed at Laguna Seca: the former n ° 11 has finished eleven times in the Californian "Top Three". Tom Sykes is the second most "successful" driver with seven podiums: Ben Bostrom and Neil Hodgson (six each) are beaten !

But the most important thing is not there for Sykes … With 45 points scored this weekend, the is relaunching in the title race: the n ° 66 is only 46 points behind his teammate then there are 200 points left to distribute…

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