This weekend’s World Superbike round is at France’s Magny-Cours
The French round could be the chance of claiming the 2017 World Superbike title.
From 29th of September to Sunday 1st October 2017, the Championship will take place at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, where the Team Yamaha of SBK and SSP are sponsored by BMC.
For this round Pirelli, for both the WorldSBK and WorldSSP classes, confirms the dry solutions already seen in action in the previous rounds of Laguna Seca, Lausitzring and Portimão. Considering the rainfall possibilities typical of this area at this time of the year, Pirelli has decided to add to the standard front rain solution a new development option whichcould play a key role in case of bad weather over the weekend.
With six races still to be played and 150 points at stake Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), who heads the overall standings with 120 points ahead of teammate Tom Sykes and 135 over ducatista Chaz Davies, could seal the Championship with two rounds to go. Also in the Manufacturers Standings, Kawasaki comes to Magny-Cours 70 points ahead of Ducati.
All positions still need to be decided in the WorldSSP, with 75 points still in play, Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) leads the overall standings only 4 points ahead of Frenchman Lucas Mahias (Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team, sponsored by BMC) and 31 on South African Sheridan Morais, both on Yamaha. In the Manufacturers Standings, however, Iwata’s (Yamaha) company has a 9-point advantage over Akashi’s one.
The Nevers Magny-Cours track is 4411 metres long, with nine left-handers and 11 right and a finishing straight which measures 250 metres in length. The maximum slope uphill is 2.38%, while falling by 2.68% with a minimum bend radius of 5 metres and a maximum of 474.45 metres. The rider in pole position will start on the right hand side of the track.
The 1960′s construction of the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit was wanted by then Mayor Jean Bernigaud and the circuit was opened in March 1961 with a two kilometre long layout designed specifically for two and four wheels. Nevers multifunctional complex evolved again during the Eighties, changing several times and adapting itself to the demanding standards in order to obtain the certifications required to host prestigious championships. The latest configuration of the Burgundian circuit, still used by the FIM World Superbike Championship, dates back to 2003, with the change of the two sectors called Château d’Eau and Lycée.
The French track is characterised by sudden deceleration and re-accelaration, interspersed with medium long straights, with plenty of altitude changes. In its default configuration it also provided a hairpin (Adelaide) with one of the heaviest braking points present among the international circuits, to arrive from a fast straight.
Beyond these technical aspects, the asphalt surface is extremely smooth and regular, and therefore the circuit of Magny-Cours has never presented a particular challenge for the tyres, also it is not particularly loved by the riders as it offers few opportunities to overtake.
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