Braking is as easy as one, two, three
Like the MotoGP bikes, the Superbikes also use their brakes on 10 of the track’s 18 turns. Only Jerez and Villicum have more braking sections per lap. The riders use the brakes for just over 26 seconds per lap, which works out to 28 percent of the race duration, compared to 29 seconds (31 percent) for the MotoGP bikes.
As demonstration of how seldom the system is used, on 7 braking sections, the Superbikes do not even drop 90 km/h (56 mph) and even on the most demanding sections, the brakes are never used for 4 or more seconds. Even the brake fluid pressure never reaches 11 bar (159.5 psi), a value which, on the other hand, was exceeded on 5 turns during the Donington Park race at the beginning of the month.