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SBK, Doubts, criticism and perplexity: it's the hour of truth for Cremona

Thursday and Friday the first long-awaited test at the Lombard track for the top class: on track Ducati, Yamaha and Honda despite the unknown weather to keep everyone in check

SBK: Doubts, criticism and perplexity: it's the hour of truth for Cremona

After hosting the first ever test of the Women's World Championship last week, the Cremona circuit is ready to welcome the World Superbike riders for the two-day test session organized by Motocorsa on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May.An opportunity for the championship protagonists to start shaking off some rust before heading to the Adriatic Riviera for testing on May 30 and 31, an appetizer for the fourth Round of the year scheduled for mid-June in Misano. But more than that, to start getting familiar with the Lombardy track, a first for the sSuperbike, which will stop there in September for the tenth round of the season.

A track unfamiliar to the vast majority of Superbike riders, the racetrack located near San Martino del Lago raised more than one perplexity when the 2024 calendar was published, due to the adjustments required to the track's infrastructure and space, considered by many to be too small for SBK(here Dominique Aegerter's impressions after a test with the road-going R1). Doubts that the circuit's owners hope to have swept away with the expansion and renovation work to which the facility's facilities have recently undergone, thus reaching a capacity of 20,000 spectators. The most important changes, however, concerned the track proper in Cremona, which was revised especially in the last sector, with the resurfacing of turns 11, 12 and 13, and was increased to the overall length of 3.780 km .

Almost all factory teams discover Cremona

With its 13 corners, six on the right and seven on the left, the track looks like a complete track with a very technical layout, characterized by a straight almost a kilometer long and a "guided" part completed by fast corners, which the riders will get to learn about during these two days of testing, in which almost all the factory teams in the championship will take part (here is the complete list of participants).

While Ducati, Yamaha and Honda did not miss the opportunity to begin taking measures at the Lombard circuit, responding positively to the Motocorsa team's invitation, the official BMW and Kawasaki teams preferred to forfeit to sample the Cremona track next June, during the two-day event organized by MV Agusta.Thus, among the riders in action on Thursday and Friday will be all the representatives of the Ducati teams with the exception of the Barni Spark Racing team, which will not be joined by Alvaro Bautista, Nicolò Bulega, Andrea Iannone, Sam Lowes and Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Confirmed instead is the presence of the two Pata Prometeon Yamaha team riders, Jonathan Rea and Andrea Locatelli, accompanied by GRT colleagues Remy Gardner and Dominque Aegerter. Also in full attendance were the Honda HRC and MIE teams, in action with Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona and Tarran Mackenzie and Adam Norrodin, respectively.Despite the absence of the official lineups, there will be Scott Redding and Garrett Gerolff to represent BMW in this two-day event in Cremona, taking to the track with the M 1000 RRs of the Bonovo Action team, while Tito Rabat and the Puccetti team will defend the honor of the Akashi manufacturer, beginning to get a feel for the new circuit that will host the Superbike.

Thursday morning, at 9 a.m., the start of the two-day event despite the weather unknown with a strong risk of rain for the first day.

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