The penultimate round at Jerez with two new tyres
In the penultimate round of the Superbike World Championship (where the Team Yamaha of SBK and SSP are sponsored by BMC) at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, Pirelli takes two new front solutions, one for WorldSBK and one for WorldSSP600.
With the main WorldSBK class assigned to Jonathan Rea for the third year in a row, attention has shifted to the minor classes which throughout the year have often showed a greater level of competitiveness than the main class, offering fans spectacular and very hard fought races.
Supersport, a Yamaha affair
The Supersport World Championship with Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) ahead, followed by Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and third, Sheridan Morais (Kallio Racing). With the Turkish star out of the game because of a bad accident at Magny-Cours, the only one able to challenge the Frenchman remains the other Yamaha rider, South African Morais. There is a 32-point gap but with 50 points remaining in the stakes, Morais remains potentially on the run for the World title.
On the Manufacturer Championship, Yamaha leads the standings with 216 points, 25 more than Kawasaki.
Two new front options
As for the tyres, Pirelli will have to face a well-known circuit but new asphalt remains a question mark since the track re-paving works were completed in late summer. For this reason, Pirelli will provide riders with both standard and development solutions which have been used in the past, with the exception of two new front options, one for the WorldSBK class and one for WorldSSP600. Then for the main class, the specification W0418 is a development of the standard SC3 just differing within the construction process. In Supersport, the specification W0379, is an alternative to the standard SC2. In both cases, these solutions should offer greater protection against the abrasion that could be present within the new asphalt.
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