Superbikes 2012: Behind the scenes part 1

Every year the Superbikes return to Assen circuit where for the past years, the weather was great and the races where even better.

Unfortunately this year was a bit different because of the bad weather circumstances but we can’t complain looking at the race in Monza.

TrackandTuner had the possibility to take a look behind the scenes of the World Superbikes.

Walking around the paddock shows the hectic life of the mechanics especially those of Pirelli. Who are constantly supplying the teams with tires.

First thing we noticed was the new Ducati 1199 Panigale in the colors of the PATA team. It’s a very small bike with its central exhaust under the bike it looks very narrow. The new Öhlins suspension location was a first for us too. But it looks absolutely gorgeous and from what we heard it sounds like a true Ducati.

We were able to take a look in the paddock and the pit where the riders are handing out signatures. Great to see Checa, Rea, Melandri and Hopkins signing and focusing on their fans. It’s therefore a bit of a disappointment to see that the Aprilia team wasn’t there for the entire weekend. The World Champion Carlos Checa looked very relaxed and took its time for the fans.

It looks like the BMW team has had a change for the better with more Italian influences the team seems more relaxed and with riders such as Melandri and Haslam success will come.

Stay tuned for the second part which will contain action shots of all the riders.

Special thanks to Pirelli for giving us this opportunity.

www.pirelli.com 

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