A ton of force in the race
On 10 of the Portuguese track’s 13 turns, the Superbike riders use their brakes for a total of almost 26 seconds per lap, which is 27 percent of the race, identical to the value at MotorLand. However, the load on the brake lever is much higher: 985 kg (2171.55 lbs) from the start to the checkered flag, compared to 725 kg (1598.35 lbs) at Aragón.
On 6 of the Estoril Circuit’s 10 braking sections, the speed reduction during braking does not exceed 80 km/h (50 mph) and the braking distance does not go over 75 meters (246 feet). However, at 3 other points, deceleration exceeds 140 km/h (87 mph), the riders are subjected to at least 1.4 Gs and the braking system operates for more than 3 and a half seconds.