Sunday, 13 March 2016

WSBK: Early season signs

With two rounds of the 2016 World Superbike season already complete, defending champion Jonathan Rea leads the championship, with team mate Tom Sykes in second place. The factory Kawasaki squad have started the season as they ended the last and already look the team to beat throughout this season.

The factory Honda squad have started fairly well. They have demonstrated strong pace and a good top end speed despite the age of the Fireblade. Michael Van Der Mark has been on the podium in every race and finds himself in third place in the standings in only his second full season on the superbike. Hayden has made a mixed start but has been competitive and is still learning how to best set the Fireblade up after years in the highly adjustable world of Moto GP.

There will be some disappointment in the Ducati squad that despite Chaz Davies' best efforts, the Panigale is still somewhat down on outright top speed. Similarly, the new Yamaha squad have had a steady but not spectacular start to the season, they would have possibly hoped for more but there is doubtless more to come from the brand new WSBK spec R1.

There has been a disappointing start to the season for the Milwaukee BMW squad as they move onto the world stage, with reigning BSB champion, Josh Brookes and Karl Abraham unable to lap consistently enough to threaten the top ten. They are still having trouble getting a base setting for the BMW up but expect results to improve as the season progresses.

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