World Superbike

World Superbike Round 1

Biaggi (left) took race 1, 2nd in race 2

Defending champion Carlos Checa (Ducati) suffered a low side and crashed out in Race 1 opening the door for Max Biaggi (Aprilia) to grab the first win of the season in Word Superbike at Phillip Island, Australia over the weekend.  Checa recovered to win race 2 and Biaggi made a miraculous recovery to grab 2nd and the overall points lead after week 1 of the Superbike series. Checa is 4th in points after round 1. Next round is Imola, Italy, April 1st. Standings after round 1.

Biaggi in action

World Superbike FIM 2012

This sunday (February 26th) marks the start of the 25th Superbike FIM World Championship at Phillip Island in Australia. 39 year old Carlos Checa will be back to defend his title from 2011 aboard a Ducati 1098R. 24 Riders from 10 countries will compete on 14 circuits around the world at speeds topping 180mph. Manufactures represented in the 2012 edition are: Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki. Speed TV will have coverage as usual. Every year after Dakar ends in January I can’t wait for SBK and MotoGP to start racing. MotoGP starts April 8th in Qatar…

Here’s a short video of Team Kawasaki preparing for this years series: