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World Superbikes Show 2014
The World Superbikes Show, also called the Superbike World Championship, SBK, or WSBK, was founded in 1988 and it is one of the most hotly anticipated annual biking events. It attracts superbike manufacturers from all over the world and riders from every walk of life, who each have something in common – they love riding!
This year we have already seen races in Phillip Island, Aragon and Assen. For each location, there are SBK, SSP, STK, ST6, and EJC races. The most recent champion is Tom Sykes and the most recent manufacturer champion is Aprilia. The most successful rider of all time in the WSBK is Brit Carl Fogarty who has amassed a total of 59 race wins and four championship titles.
The show is most closely followed in Italy because of Ducati and the UK because superbike racing is the most popular form of motorcycle racing. Current SBK motorcycle manufacturers include Aprilia: RSV Mille R, RSV 4, BMW Motorrad: S1000RR, Bimota: Bimota YB4EI, Bimota SB8R, Bimota BB3, Ducati: 851, 888, 916, 996, 998, 999, 1098, 1198, 1199 Panigale, EBR: EBR 1190RX, Honda: RC30, RC45, RC51, CBR1000RR. Kawasaki: GPX750R, ZXR750, ZX-7RR, ZX-10R, MV Agusta: MV Agusta F4, and Suzuki: GSX-R750, GSX-R1000.
There are 28 riders in the SBK including 7 Brits.
The first stop for the Grantham Honda Bikes Team will be at the World Superbikes Championship at Donington Park, where a full exhibition unit with roof terrace will be available. You will be able to see the latest Honda bike range and get information on upcoming releases.
Here is a rundown of the 2014 Calendar (remaining races):
Round-4: 11th May at Imola
Round-5: 25th May at Donington
Round-6: 8th June at Sepang
Round-7: 22nd June at Misano
Round-8: 6th July at Portimao
Round-9: 13th July at Laguna Seca
Round-10: 7th September at Jerez
Round-11: 5th October at Magny Cours
Round-12: 19th October at Phakisa Freeway
Round-13: 2nd November at TBC
Ticket bookings are now open for Imola, Misano, Laguna Seca, Sepang, and Portimao. Pricing differs per location, with 3 day passes and 2 day passes available for most events. There are one day passes available for all events.
If you wish to go to Donington, Jerez, Magny Cours, or Phakisa Freeway, you should ask for information from the official SPK website. Ticket prices have not yet been finalised for these locations but there’s a good chance you can get a rough price by contacting them.
We’ll see you there!
We will be at Donington Park from May 23rd – May 25th. You are welcome to come see our stand and we invite you to check out our latest range of stunning Honda motorcycles.
To get you in the mood for the SBK, be sure to check out the latest news on the show and all of the excellent videos of full session races and expert commentary. You might also like to subscribe to SBK Live and OnDemand on the television if you can’t make it to any of the events.
By Simon Ford on February 2, 2014 in All, CharlesMorganUk, CharlesMorganUk, Guest Spotters, Motorbikes