GP-Inside is spending the weekend at the Jerez-Angel Nieto circuit, where the 2021 Superbike World Championship takes place. This is the tenth event of the season. Here are ten good reasons to follow it.
– The Rea-Razgatlioglu duel. The fight for the title of world champion hadn’t been so intense and close in years. Six-time world champion Jonathan Rea has found a match for his size in Toprak Razgatlioglu, and the clashes between the two follow one after the other. 27 heats played, 12 still to be completed, one small point: expect one of the most epic end of the season in the history of the category.
– The return of Loris Baz. Loris Baz returned to the United States to compete in the national championship a little earlier than expected. The Frenchman was called up to replace injured Chaz Davies in Team GoEleven’s Ducati. This will be his first in WorldSBK since the final of the 2020 season, in Estoril, on October 18.
– The charge of Ducati. The last two races to date, in Barcelona, have been won by two Ducati riders, Scott Redding and then Michael Ruben Rinaldi. The Italian firm returned to the race for the best constructor title, overtaking Kawasaki for second place. A point now separates her from Yamaha, still in the lead. Yamaha 424, Ducati 423, Kawasaki 412: in the brands too, it looks tight until the end.
– Chris Ponsson’s progress. 6 units in Most, 4 in Navarre, 7 in Magny-Cours, 4 in Barcelona: after a complicated start, Christophe Ponsson made a place for himself in the points area. He had one of the best races of his career in the second round at Magny-Cours (12th) in early September before securing his best result in the Barcelona sprint (9th) last Saturday. On the upward slope, the Frenchman could once again run around the top-10 in Andalusia.
– The last chance to catch up with Aegerter (?). With 45 points ahead of Steven Odendaal, Dominique Aegerter is on his way to the Supersport World Championship title. The Swiss have no match point this weekend, but further wins would likely kill the (little) suspense that remains. His South African opponent must try everything to win this weekend.
– VR46 at GMT94: Andy Verdoïa injured, the French team GMT94 had to find a replacement; it will be Stefano Manzi, member of the VR46 Riders Academy. His name adds to the list of Moto2 riders on the Supersport grid. It remains to be seen whether, like Andrea Locatelli, Dominique Aegerter or Jules Cluzel, he will be among those who emerge as winners from this Grand Prix – WorldSSP transition.
– Kenan Sofuoglu on the track. Five-time Supersport World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu will be one of the attractions on Friday. The Turk will take part in the first day of competition, and therefore the first two practice sessions, on the Puccetti team’s Kawasaki ZX-R. An organized participation to mark the expected change of era in the category, with the addition of models to the list of authorized motorcycles from 2022.
– Uncertain weather. On Tuesday, the weather forecast predicted a stormy weekend in Andalusia. This Thursday, the specialized sites assessed the risk of rain as being low. As seen in different parts of Europe in recent weeks, the weather is changing and reaching high levels of uncertainty. However, a few degrees more or less compared to what was prepared for testing, a few showers on the circuit, and the hierarchy can be completely upset.
– A title can be awarded. Three drivers can still mathematically take over Adrian Huertas in Supersport 300: Tom Booth-Amos (-43), Jeffrey Buis (-65) and Samuel Di Sora (-88). The Spaniard has the chance to close the game in Jerez if he returns from Andalusia more than 50 points ahead of his runner-up.
-… And so many other things: The quest for a first victory for the Honda-Alvaro Bautista Cup, impressive rookies with Andrea Locatelli or Axel Bassani, Jules Cluzel back after his forfeit in Barcelona, the French Lucas Mahias who will try to raise the slope after a delicate period; ten good reasons, it’s actually very little compared to the interest of the weekend.
[…] On the track for the day, Kenan Sofuoglu was anything but ridiculous. The five-time Supersport world champion, who had not raced in the category since June 2018, quickly got into the mix. He set the seventh fastest time, less than half a second behind the third. Its participation, organized to mark the expected change of era in the category (addition of models to the list of authorized motorcycles from 2022), stops there, however. The Turk will not take part in the Saturday program, but his performance will have marked the spirits. […]
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