Wednesday, 08 May 2013 13:21
Press release from eni FIM SBK:
Monza awaits the eni FIM Superbike World Championship
The eni FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Monza’s Autodromo Nazionale for the 4th round of the season, with riders ready to take on the fastest track on the calendar. Following the two races at Assen, Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) is still the Championship leader at 111. The Frenchman, who ended his 7 podium-finish streak in race 2, is now looking forward to riding his works RSV4 on a track that exalts the top-speed of the vee-four Aprilia engine.
Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) welcomes Kousuke Akiyoshi, former team mate in last year’s Suzuka 8 Hour win, who has been selected as substitute for injured Leon Haslam for the upcoming round, while the British rider is speeding up his recovery in order to race at Donington Park later this month. Rea and the team can count on the experience of the 38 year old from Japan – HRC official test rider – to further improve the CBR1000RR after some good indications from the recent two-day test at Assen.
First of two home races for Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet), who is back from the unfortunate Sunday at Assen, and for Michel Fabrizio, who scored his maiden World Superbike race win in 2009 at Monza (race 1).
Good memories for Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) from last year’s victory in the Supersport race – his career’s first top-step finish in the series. Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini (Team Ducati Alstare) are about to face a tough challenge on a track that didn’t suit well the Ducati bikes in recent times. The 1199 Panigale R, though, will feature a 52mm air restrictor as per FIM regulations about the performance balance between twin and four-cylinder machines (article 18.104.22.168.3. – also confirmed on a note last April, 28 after race 2 at Assen TT Circuit).