Brembo Unveils Round 7 of World Superbike in Misano Adriatico

6/12/2017

An in-depth look at the braking systems on the Ducati bikes belonging to Davies and Melandri and the Kawasaki bikes of Rea and Sykes



After the race at Donington Park, the World Superbike Championship is back in Italy to mark the season's halfway point: from June 16 to 18, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will host the 7th Round of the Championship. Located a few miles from the Adriatic Sea on the road named for Daijiro Kato, the track is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.

Over the course of the years, the track has undergone numerous changes until it completed its current 4,226 meters configuration in 2008.
In spite of the 16 corners, there are only eight braking sections because several changes in direction are made without using the brakes.
The Italian track is one of the few in the Championship that doesn't reach decelerations of 1.4 G and 1.5 G. So, the risk of overheating the systems is low.

According to Brembo technicians, who work closely with 17 World Superbike riders, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli presents a medium level of difficulty on the brakes.
On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 3 on the difficulty index, the same score given to the tracks that will host the next three Rounds: Laguna Seca, Lausitzring and Portimão.

 

 

 
 

The demand on the brakes during the GP

The eight braking points require the riders to use their brakes for just under 29 seconds each lap, which totals 30% of the entire duration of the race.
This percentage is identical to the Imola track, but there the brakes are used for almost 32.5 seconds per lap. Imola is also 700 meters longer compared to Misano.
The two Italian circuits both have a 48 meters braking section in common, but not much else.
The braking spaces on the most dangerous corners at Misano are decidedly longer: 251, 224 and 197 meters. At Imola, not one of the braking sections lasts more than 188 meters.
The peak average deceleration is 1.06 G, the lowest recorded during the first part of the season, together with Phillip Island.
Contributing to lowering this average are the trio of turns with 1.1 G in deceleration and another pair with 1 G.

Summing up all the force applied by a rider on the brake lever from the starting line to the checkered flag, the total comes to more than 810kg, which is about the same weight as 140 beach chairs.


 

The most demanding braking sections

Of the eight braking sections on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, one is considered highly demanding on the brakes, six are of medium difficulty and one is light.
The most challenging by far is Turn 8 because the two previous corners are taken without using the brakes and so the Superbikes are able to gain speed.
The riders approach Turn 8 going 270 km/h and in less than 5 seconds (4.9 seconds to be precise), reduce to 79 km/h braking for 224 meters and applying an 5.3 kg load on the lever.
At that point, the pressure of the Brembo brake fluid in the braking system reaches 11.4 bar, while at Turn 10 it gets up to 11.6 bar.
At Turn 10, the Superbikes brake for 4.6 seconds to go from 228 km/h to 68 km\h. While applying the brakes, the bikes travel 175 meters, with is the same length as 57 personal water crafts lined up one after the other.
The braking section that requires the most space overall is at Turn 1: the Superbikes need 251 meters to slow down from 256 km/h mph to 116 km/h.
The peak deceleration however does not surpass 1.1 G and the load the riders apply to the lever is 4.9kg.

 

 

Brembo performance

Bikes with Brembo brakes have proven unbeatable since 2010 on the Misano circuit. Since that year, Kawasaki has won six times, Aprilia four and Ducati twice, and all of them used Brembo brakes. The last time an Italian rider won on this track was Max Biaggi in 2012 with Aprilia. Chaz Davies on the other hand, has never stood on the top step of the podium at Misano.


 

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