News 28 Sep 2016

WorldSBK moves on to Magny-Cours for French round

Rea leads Superbike world championship into round 11.

Source: Supplied.

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Situated in the centre of France and approximately 250 kilometers south of Paris, the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is an iconic staple of French motor racing, with round 11 marking the 25th anniversary of WorldSBK at Magny-Cours.

Heading into the round it will be Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea who will look to continue his winning form in France, with 50 points up for grabs if he repeats last year’s form and does the double. Racing Ducati’s Chaz Davies will be one to watch heading into this weekend with a dominant victory under his belt from the Lausitzring and a podium finish at Magny-Cours last year. If anyone is going to put the pressure on Rea, it may as well be Davies.

Sylvain Guintoli will be flying the home flag in Magny-Cours ahead of his second round back to racing after injury. In round 10 the Frenchman proved he’s stronger than ever after finishing fifth in race two in Germany.

Both Guintoli and teammate Alex Lowes have put their Yamahas to the test at Magny-Cours in a private test at the French circuit over the summer, with the extra track time allowing them to have a potential advantage heading into the weekend.

Magny–Cours will be a new frontier for Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden, but the Kentucky Kid has his fourth podium from Germany and a wealth of Grand Prix experience to count on heading into the round.

Last time in France, Leon Camier brought his MV Agusta home in fifth, while the last round at the Lausitzring saw him finish in fourth, just narrowly missing out on a podium finish. The Brit was disappointed with his efforts despite achieving his season best result, setting his sights firmly on the podium for Magny-Cours.

While fresh from his first podium in WorldSBK, Alex De Angelis heads to France knowing his Aprilia has the speed to fight for more.

In the WorldSPP category, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Kenan Sofuoglu heads to France with a fifth world title in mind, standing as a mathematical chance of wrapping up the championship two rounds prior to the grand finale in Qatar.

Sofuoglu can secure the crown in Magny-Cours as long as he finishes in front of his rookie teammate Randy Krummenacher, who is yet to race at the French circuit and has nothing to lose with a 2017 WorldSBK contract already signed.