WSBK: 2019 WorldSBK season officially launches today at Phillip Island

WSBK: 2019 WorldSBK season officially launches today at Phillip Island

The 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season got underway at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Thursday with the traditional Official Media Conference set on the unique stage of WorldSBK Paddock Show.

Attending the 2019 Championship launch, WorldSBK stars Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati), Ryuichi Kiyonari (Moriwaki – Althea HONDA Racing Team), Michael van der Mark (PATA Yamaha World Superbike Team), Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK), and WorldSSP riders Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) and Federico Fuligni (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), who spoke about the new 2019 format and their expectations from the new season.

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit General Manager David Bennet and Yamaha Motor Finance General Manager Kelly Fraser opened the ceremony, welcoming the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in Australia, as the championship opens its curtains on the new season for the 11th time in a row at the Australian race track.

Then it was the turn of WorldSBK Executive Director of Sporting & Organization Departments Gregorio Lavilla to speak: “Our adventure started seven years ago, and after all this time, I can finally say that we are reaching our goals. We are happy about our partnerships with all the teams, sponsors and circuits. Starting the new season here in Australia is always a great pleasure for us, and we would like to thank Victoria Government and Yamaha Motor Finance, who helped us promoting the event. 2019 will see WorldSBK adopting a new format, with the Tissot Superpole Race introduced on Sunday morning. But WordSSP300, which will debut in Europe in April, will also be different this year. We are facing new challenges, and we are excited about these changes. I hope all of you will support us in making the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship becoming even bigger this year”.

Reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK Team) also spoke about the new season and about the “triple treating” new weekend format: “It is always nice to be back here at Phillip Island. I have a lot of family and friends here, and while in Europe the weather is bad, here we can enjoy Summer. This year will be extremely special for fans, as they will enjoy Superpole and one race on Saturday and then two races on Sunday, and about me I love racing, and I can’t get enough of it for myself. We still need to understand how the new format will affect our, but we are excited about starting the new season, and we will fight for those additional points”.

The FIM Supersport World Championship will kick off in Australia this weekend too. The new season will see a lot of competition and many riders aiming for the title, as French rider Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) also confirmed: “Competition this year is higher than ever before. There are a lot of riders able to fight for the title this year. They are not new to the championship, but many of those riders have changed team and are riding different bikes in 2019. I am ready for the new challenge ahead. Our winter was great, and these two days of testing here at Phillip Island were helpful. I am trying to adapt myself to my new bike and changing my riding style. I look forward to racing here this weekend”.

Action will begin on Friday morning with WorldSBK Free Practice 1 at 10.30LT (+11 GMT) before the first race of the 2019 season will take place on Saturday at 15.00 LT, and the battle will continue into Sunday with the first ever Tissot Superpole Race in WorldSBK history at 12:00 followed then by race two again at 15.00LT.

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4 hrs ago


Já se perguntou como é o aquecimento de um piloto da F1? 🎾
O do Pietro Fittipaldi é assim! 🇧🇷
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Esse Pietro parece o Lando Norris.

Carol Viki Mto reflexo...


Who is leaving ??

Preferia o esquenta James Hunt

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Flávio Júnior e os reflexos

Right On!!! Good way to fine-tune your reflexes! I want to high five your trainer!💪🏻

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8 hrs ago


Chapter 01: Déjà Vu 🔄

Rewind and relive all the best bits - and some bits you might have missed - of the 2019 #QatarGP 🇶🇦💪

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heu il enléve quoi Miller a 2'45 ???? on dirait une "cale" de selle


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Whens the tickets going on sale..most other tracks have released theres.

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8 hrs ago


Relive Dovizioso's Top 5⃣ moments from the 2019 #MotoGP season! 🤩

Which one is your favourite? 🤔 Let us know! 👇
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Dovi, the new Italian bridesmaid.

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Le championnat pour Dovi en 2020 , Zarco en 2021 (y)

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#04❤❤❤ Desmo Dovi !!! Love this racer - a humble legend. Out of those 5 Austria definitely favourite. Followed by Qatar and then Mugello ... might have been 3rd but his teammate proved just what an amazing man he is, a dream come true for #09 and Dovi getting the recognition he deserved. DESMO DOVI ALL THE WAY !!!

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9 hrs ago


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Awesome opening lap from George Russell, now let’s just get him in a quicker car.

When you watch clips like this you realize just how crazy fast and how close together they really are , and even worse when they are driving hard in the rain !!! Mad respect to all of the F1 drivers !!!

I abaolutly Love how Stroll is complaning about Vettel coming back very dangerously and in the same second he does the same to the Torro Rosso😂

The middle of the pack, that's where most of the racing takes place. Excellent choice for the No.1 clip.

What a nice thumbnail, Max ruining Kimi's race at Spa...

Hulkenberg’s first lap at Bahrain was incredible, more impressive than a lot on this list!

And leclerc overtaking verstappen in Silverstone?? Where is? 🙄 instead of putting giovinazzi's crash in SPA

Russell's was probably the most impressive.

With all the technology available, there should be a means of switching from the Sky Sports main channel to on board channels to follow any/all of the drivers at any time, or for the entire race. I.e. Go to your fave driver and ride with him the whole way, or switch around, and/or go to the middle of the pack and pick up on a duel or two. It would really make F1 much more exciting ... pay per view on each driver?

You can feel the pain of Giovanazzi's crash!

Position 1 Is awesome! Excellent choice

Where is the drag race between Hamilton and Gasly for the podium? 🤓🤔

I'm really a big fan of George. This kid ha a potential to be like Lewis

That Silverstone battle was top notch and shows the difference between Bottas and Rosberg. Body work everywhere if it was the German no doubt and the ‘racing’ not so good

The Russell clip is a real eye-opener for what he could achieve in a competitive car

how come there was no talk about George Russel"s moves in Hungary?

Some great races this season. Germany, Silverstone and Brazil were incredible!

Unforgettable how stroll complaining about vettel’s entering dangerously into the track while entering himself dangerously into the track.

Wow.. I didnt think I ever saw the Singapore clip. How awesome is that, 4 cars battling in that street circuit

Holy Russell at Hungarian GP!

On board with Halo, play station F1, very close to Formula E. Thanks God this year the stewards leted race them, at least to the top ones.

Racing Point used turbo in Bahrain 🤣

Vettel .. 1 video 2 spins and two disasters .. thank you F1 for summarizing Vettel's season 🙉🙉🙉

I still don't understand what Max was trying to do with that lunge start at Spa and then asking what Kimi's doing?

Where's the onboard with vettel & leclerc in Brasil? 😅

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