12 incredible races, four winners, nine different riders on the podium: as WorldSBK heads to Assen in a few weeks, take a look back at the sensational start to the 2021 season
With a short break in MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship action before the Championship returns to the TT Circuit Assen for the Prosecco DOC Dutch Round, we’re taking a trip down the start of the 2021 campaign to relive what has been a truly incredible four rounds of action.
Action kicked off at MotorLand Aragon for the Pirelli Aragon Round with surprises all around, including from the weather on Sunday! Two wins for Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) and one for Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) set the Championship up from the opening round of the season before everything moved across the Iberian Peninsula and to the Circuito Estoril and the Gaerne Estoril Round. The same winners featured, with two wins for Redding, as the pair set the pace at the top of the Championship despite a crash for Redding in Estoril.
Italy came calling next with the Pirelli Made in Italy Emilia-Romagna Round and two first-time 2021 winners featured as Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) secured a stunning home double win, before Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) claimed his first win of the year on the back of five consecutive podium finishes. A potentially pivotal Prosecco DOC UK Round at Donington Park followed two weeks later with the wins shared by Razgatlioglu and Rea; but a Race 2 crash from the six-time Champion allowed Razgatlioglu to storm into the Championship lead.
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