Having duly celebrated the third consecutive world champion title earned by Jonathan Rea, the World Superbike Championship is back in Spain. The 12th and second-to-last race of the 2017 season is scheduled for October 20 - 22 at Circuito de Jerez in Andalusia, about 100 km from the Strait of Gibraltar.
World Superbike began racing on this track in 1990, but for the second edition it had to wait until 2013. Various types of curves alternate all along the 4.426 meters of the track: Slow (60 to 70 km\h), fast (120 – 130 km\h) and very fast (160 km\h).
The 13 corners (8 right-handed, 5 left-handed) make up 31% of the total length of the circuit and provide lots of opportunity for overtaking. The considerable changes in slope mean the bikes need to handle well and be well balanced, in addition to being stable in braking.
On November 24 last year, Jonathan Rea with Kawasaki managed to run faster on this track than almost all the MotoGP bikes that rode the circuit that day. But if we look at the fastest pole positions ever in Jerez, the Superbikes are slower than the MotoGP bikes by more than a second.
According to Brembo technicians, who work closely with 17 World Superbike riders, Circuito de Jerez is a fairly demanding circuit for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 4 on the difficulty index, exactly the same score given to the tracks at Aragon and Magny-Cours.