The fifth round of the World Superbike Championship 2019 is scheduled for May 10-12 at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, located in the province of Bologna.
Completed in 1952, the Autodromo was tested by Umberto Masetti (two-time world champion of the 500cc class) and Enrico Lorenzetti (world title holder in the 250cc class).
Fifteen years later it hosted its first World Championship race, but it wasn't until the 200 Miles of Imola was launched in 1972 that the track attained universal fame.
The circuit is very technical and includes truly challenging braking sections of every type possible. It's not a coincidence that Enzo Ferrari called the circuit, that bears his and his son Dino's names, a "little Nurburgring".
The track is made up of 22 corners, 13 of which are to the left, a very short straightaway at the arrival (358 meters, 0.22 miles), and slopes that reach 7.8%.
According to Brembo technicians, who work closely with 15 World Superbike riders, the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari is a highly demanding circuit for the brakes.
On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 5 on the difficulty index, exactly the same score given to the tracks at Donington and Buriram.