Two months after the round in Aragon, the World Superbike Championship is back in Spain. The 6th round of the 2019 season is scheduled for June 7 - 9 at Circuito de Jerez in Andalusia, about 100 km (62 miles) from the Strait of Gibraltar.
World Superbike began racing on this track in 1990, but for the second edition it had to wait until 2013. Various types of curves alternate all along the 4,423 meters (2.7 miles) of the track: Slow (60 km/h to 70 km/h, 37 mph to 43 mph), fast (120 km/h to 130 km/h, 75 mph to 81 mph) and very fast (160 km/h, 99 mph).
The 13 corners (8 right-handed, 5 left-handed) make up 31% of the total length of the circuit and provide lots of opportunity for overtaking. The considerable changes in slope mean the bikes need to handle well and be well balanced, in addition to being stable in braking.
On November 24th 2016, Jonathan Rea with Kawasaki managed to run faster on this track than almost all the MotoGP bikes that rode the circuit that day. But if we look at the fastest pole positions ever in Jerez, the Superbikes are slower than the MotoGP bikes by more than a second and 3 tenths.
According to Brembo technicians, who work closely with 15 World Superbike riders, Circuito de Jerez is a fairly demanding circuit for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 4 on the difficulty index, exactly the same score given to the tracks at Aragon, Villicum and Magny-Cours.