Brembo Unveils Round 7 of World Superbike in Misano Adriatico


 An in-depth look at the braking systems on the production-based motorcycles at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli


After the race at Jerez, the World Superbike Championship is back in Italy: from July 21 to 23, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will host the 7th Round of the Championship. Located a few miles from the Adriatic Sea on the road named for Daijiro Kato, the track is celebrating its 47th anniversary this year. ​

Over the course of the years, the track has undergone numerous changes until it completed its current 4,226 meters (2.6 miles) configuration in 2008. ​

In spite of the 16 corners, there are only nine braking sections because several changes in direction are made without using the brakes. ​ 

According to Brembo technicians, who work closely with 15 World Superbike riders, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli presents a medium level of difficulty on the brakes. ​

On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 3 on the difficulty index, the same score given to the Laguna Seca, Losail and Portimão tracks. ​




The demand on the brakes during the GP

The nine braking points require the riders to use their brakes for 28 seconds each lap, which totals 30 % of the entire duration of the race. ​

This percentage is identical to the Imola track, but there the brakes are used for almost 32.5 seconds per lap. Imola is also 700 meters (0.4 miles) longer compared to Misano. ​ 

The average of peak deceleration is 1.08 G. Contributing to lowering this average are the four turns with 1.1 G in deceleration and another pair under 0.9 G. ​

Summing up all the force applied by a rider on the brake lever from the starting line to the checkered flag, the total comes to more than 830 kg (1,830 lbs). ​ 


The most demanding braking sections

Of the nine braking sections on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, five are considered highly demanding on the brakes, two are of medium difficulty and two are light.

The most challenging by far is Turn 1: the riders approach going 256 km/h (159 mph) and in only 4 seconds, reduce to 110 km/h (68 mph) braking for 192 meters (630 feet) and applying an 6 kg (13.2 lbs) load on the lever.

At that point, the pressure of the Brembo brake fluid in the braking system reaches 12.9 bar, while at Turn 10 it gets up to 11.4 bar. At Turn 10, the Superbikes brake for 4.4 seconds to go from 223 km/h (139 mph) to 72 km/h (45 mph). While applying the brakes, the bikes travel 179 meters (587 feet).

The braking section that requires the most space overall is at Turn 8: the Superbikes need 208 meters (682 feet) to slow down from 270 km/h (168 mph) to 76 km/h (47 mph).

​The peak deceleration however does not surpass 1.3 G and the load the riders apply to the lever is 5 kg (11 lbs). ​





Brembo performance

Bikes with Brembo brakes have proven unbeatable since 2010 on the Misano circuit. 

Since that year, Kawasaki has won 9 times, Aprilia four and Ducati 3. 

The last time an Italian rider won on this track was Marco Melandri in 2017 with Ducati. 

Alvaro Bautista on the other hand, stood on the top step of the podium at Misano in 2008 with Aprilia 250 equipped with Brembo brakes.