World Superbike Race - preview
The World Superbike Race will take place this week-end in Assen, Holland. he four classes are ready to face arguably the most prestigious circuit in the series, frequently called the “The university of motorcycling” - a venue which has been redesigned for this season.
The two main contenders for the title are Haga and Bayliss, while third place man James Toseland is surely thinking about renewing his contract with the Ten Kate team which he joined this season. Together with these riders Andrew Pitt has also proved to be irrefutably fast on his Yamaha, and will doubtless be helping “Nitro Nori” to shrink the gap to the leader Bayliss, while another Australian, Corser (racing with the number one plate), will be working in conjunction with his team mate Kagayama to score more podiums, and shut down the rumors about his future.
As the weather is a real problem in this part of the world Pirelli will bring three different solutions of front tyre for the SBK class (as always every rider will have at his disposal 11 front tyres plus rubber for the two races) in the usual size of 120/75. Two of those fronts were also available at Brands Hatch while the other one is a well-known solution available on the global market under the name of Pirelli Diablo Superbike “SC2”. (The “A” for Assen was the “C” in Brands, while the “C” was the “D” at Brands). On the rear there will be four available solutions (plus a qualifier). Three different compounds, but the “B” (only decided on after the Brno race) has also been used on the bigger, 200 mm tyre, already used this year on other racetracks like Misano.