Brembo Unveils Round 9 of World Superbike in Misano Adriatico


An in-depth look at the braking systems on the Ducati bikes belonging to Davies and Melandri and the Kawasaki bikes of Rea and Sykes


After the race at Laguna Seca, the World Superbike Championship is back in Europe: from July 6 to 8, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will host the 9th Round of the Championship. Located a few miles from the Adriatic Sea on the road named for Daijiro Kato, the track is celebrating its 46th anniversary this year.

Over the course of the years, the track has undergone numerous changes until it completed its current 2,625-mile configuration in 2008.

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

The Italian track is one of the few in the Championship that doesn't reach decelerations of 1.4 G and 1.5 G. So, the risk of overheating the systems is low.

According to Brembo technicians, who work closely with 16 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 and Portimão tracks.




The demand on the brakes during the GP

The eight braking points require the riders to use their brakes for just under 29 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 765 yards longer compared to Misano.

The two Italian circuits both have a 52-yard braking section in common, but not much else. The braking spaces on the most dangerous corners at Misano are decidedly longer: 274, 244 and 215 yards.

At Imola, not one of the braking sections lasts more than 205 yards. The peak average deceleration is 1.06 G, the lowest recorded during the last part of the season.

Contributing to lowering this average are the trio of turns with 1.1 G in deceleration and another pair with 1 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 1,785 lbs, which is about the same weight as 140 beach chairs.


The most demanding braking sections

Of the eight braking sections on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, one is considered highly demanding on the brakes, six are of medium difficulty and one is light.

The most challenging by far is Turn 8 because the two previous corners are taken without using the brakes and so the Superbikes are able to gain speed.

The riders approach Turn 8 going 167 mph and in less than 5 seconds (4.9 seconds to be precise), reduce to 49 mph braking for 244 yards and applying an 11.7-pound load on the lever.

At that point, the pressure of the Brembo brake fluid in the braking system reaches 11.4 bar, while at Turn 10 it gets up to 11.6 bar.

At Turn 10, the Superbikes brake for 4.6 seconds to go from 141 mph to 42 mph. While applying the brakes, the bikes travel 191 yards, with is the same length as 57 personal water crafts lined up one after the other.

The braking section that requires the most space overall is at Turn 1: the Superbikes need 274 yards to slow down from 159 mph to 72 mph.

The peak deceleration however does not surpass 1.1 G and the load the riders apply to the lever is 10.8 lbs.



Brembo performance

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

Since that year, Kawasaki has won 7 times, Aprilia four and Ducati 3.

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

Chaz Davies on the other hand, has never stood on the top step of the podium at Misano.


Brembo S.p.A. | P.IVA 00222620163

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