SBK Calendar Update 2016The FIM and DWO would like to announce the cancellation of the 2016 WorldSBK Italian Round that was to be held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza during the weekend of the 22nd – 24th July. Confirmation of both the location and date of the replacement will be provided before the 1st of May, to enable final confirmation of the 2016 WorldSBK Calendar.
Did You Know: 25 Years of WorldSBK at AssenAfter 25 years on the WorldSBK calendar, Assen is set to become the second track in history to have hosted at least 50 races: Phillip Island is the other, with 51 races started so far at the Australian track. Here we go through the history books and take a look at some of the highlights and most interesting stats ahead of the 25th Anniversary weekend.
With only the sea separating the Netherlands and Great Britain, maybe it comes as little surprise that British riders have conquered exactly half of the races run at Assen: 24 out of 48. A quarter of them were won by only one man, Carl Fogarty: an absolute record for a rider on a given track in WorldSBK history.
Jonathan Rea has the chance to become the second rider in history to have won more than seven races on any given track.
After the 12 races won by Fogarty at the Dutch venue, the best value is seven, recorded by Rea at Assen and by Troy Corser at his home track of Phillip Island. No other rider has been able to win more than six races on any given track; of the current riders, Tom Sykes is the only man who stands out with his six wins at Donington Park. No less than 19 different riders have won a WorldSBK race at Assen.
Three of them are World Champions past and present of the 2016 field: Rea, Sykes and Guintoli. Curiously, former double World Champion Troy Corser is not among the aforementioned 19, despite having run 30 races in Assen and finishing on the podium 7 times. Ten years ago Chris Walker recorded his only career win at Assen: that was the first win for Kawasaki at this track. Walker and Guintoli (2012) are the only ones who have claimed their maiden WorldSBK win at this legendary track.
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