Preview of the 2nd round of the Superbike World Championship in Estoril
After the season opener in Aragon, for the first time in 4 years, Jonathan Rea is back as World Championship leader for a second round. Like team-mate Alex Lowes Scott Redding, the Northern Irishman not only has fond memories of the Circuito do Estoril. In the previous year, the six-time world champion had one of his rare crashes there in Superpole, and he promptly slipped in the second race on Sunday. Lowes even had two crashes that day and Redding also started on Saturday with bad bruises after a highsider in the morning.
Many favourites for the second WSBK weekend in a row
The two best drivers at the season finale last year were Toprak Razgatlioglu with two wins and Chaz Davies with one on Sunday afternoon. But this time it’s like someone pressing a reset button, the game starts all over again. After their presentation at Motorland Aragon, you absolutely have to have the Kawasaki works drivers on the bill, plus, of course, Redding, Gerloff and the drivers of the BMW and Honda works teams. Except for Sykes, all the drivers named made it into the top 6 at least once last year. However, the new M-1000RR now appears to be competitive, before the original from Huddersfield fought with blunt weapons. So there are really many favourites for the second WSBK weekend in a row, at least for a podium.
Circuito do Estoril – WorldSBK is only visiting for the fourth time
The Estoril Grand Prix Circuit near Lisbon and its history goes back to 1972 when the circuit was built. In the first few years only national races were held there. It was only after extensive modernization that, from 1984 onwards, international motorsport took part in Formula 1. In addition to Le Castellet and Barcelona, the circuit was also often used for test purposes due to the mild climate, especially in the winter months. From 1996 the F1 was over again and because the requested conversion measures were not implemented, there was no comeback in the following year. The WSBK made guest appearances at the Circuito do Estoril for 1988 and 1993 and then the MotoGP from 2000 to 2012. Today the route, which has been rebuilt several times, has 13 curves, 9 of them on the right and a length of 4.182 kilometres. A first return of the WorldSBK took place in 2020 as a replacement race for other events due to the pandemic and now Portugal is again twice on the calendar. Due to the pandemic, we can temporarily save ourselves tips for visitors, which applies to the route near the Sintra Natural Park as well as to MotoGP Mugello and the previous events.
The combined schedule of Mugello MotoGP and WorldSBK Estoril
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