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WSBK by numbers

Ahead of this weekend’s World Superbike opening round at Phillip Island, here’s the numbers, courtesy of the series promoters, Infront.

1 – the most successful number: 80 races have been won by the bike carrying the number 1 plate
2 – the manufacturers present in every race run so far: Ducati and Kawasaki
11 – the bike manufacturers with at least one race started in the Superbike World Championship
11 – the race number most used, present in 514 races
14 World Champions
18 years old: the youngest winner, Yuichi Takeda in Japan, 1996
25th championship, starting in Phillip Island this year
25 hosting countries so far. Russia will be the 26th
40 – the only rider able to win at 40 years old so far has is Max Biaggi (Brno 2011)
41 – the races run in Phillip Island, the most visited track
41 – the highest number of race finishers (Zeltweg 1989, race 1)
44 – the tracks visited by the Superbike World Championship
59 – Carl Fogarty’s wins, the most successful rider
67 different winners, from Davide Tardozzi (Donington 1988) to Tom Sykes (Nurburgring 2011)
118 – the wins by Australia and United States, the two most successful countries
204 – the highest speed ever reached for pole position (Max Biaggi, Monza 2011, 204.405 km/h)
306 wins by Ducati, 51% of the total
377 races run by Troy Corser, accounting for more than 60% of the total
590 races run so far
940 riders with at least one race start, 1150 in total, from 42 different countries
1,356,498 kilometers raced so far by all the riders in all the races run

Fascinating to see how much Australia features in that list. As well as the ones actually mentioned, it should also be noted that the #11 was Troy Corser’s preferred number.

Also this morning, courtesy of twowheelsblog, the following upcoming information about this week’s CRT testing in Spain.

“With the Moto2 and Moto3 teams having finished a three day at the Jerez circuit yesterday, on Monday and Tuesday it will the turn of several CRT teams who will continue the development work on their production based Aprilia’s.

Back on track will be Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet with the ART’s under their new racing banner Power Electronics Aspar Team, Mattia Pasini with his Speed Master team, and the test should finally see the debut of James Ellison with PBM’s CRT team and Danilo Petrucci with Ioda Racing (who is developing their own chassis that will house Aprilia’s RSV4 engine).

Also present at Jerez will be Ducati with test rider Franco Battaini who will be continuing development work on the GP12 ahead of the Sepang 2 test (February 28th to March 1st).

Nicky Hayden, who sat out most of the first Sepang test due to his shoulder problems was also to be present at Jerez, but since he had to undergo shoulder surgery, the Italian media is currently reporting that he could be replaced at the test by Pramac’s Hector Barbera who could test the factory version of GP12 (Barbera rides the GP12 Valencia version with some modifications).”