For the 19th year running, the Superbike World Championship was held at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. According to Brembo technicians who work closely with 17 World Superbike riders, the French circuit is very demanding on the brakes. On a difficulty index scale of 1 to 5, it gets a 4 – only the Barcelona and Donington tracks get a higher rating.
It is a stop-and-go track with high-speed curves that alternate with intense braking sections where the braking system is really put to the test - there are four sections where the Superbike riders have to start up again at less than 75 km/h (47 mph). Conversely, rain can prevent the minimum working temperature being reached.