Imola: Garnier Racing Jr Superstock Friday notes

PRACTICE CANCELED ON FRIDAY The Superstock free practice session has been canceled at Imola because the track is dirty and very slippery. There is no change in the schedule for Saturday and Sunday. There is new team mate for Sylvain ...

PRACTICE CANCELED ON FRIDAY

The Superstock free practice session has been canceled at Imola because the track is dirty and very slippery.

There is no change in the schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

There is new team mate for Sylvain Barrier for the last three races. This is Julien Millet, who finished 6th last year at Magny-Cours and 13th at Portimao in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup.

The Imola track

The last World Supersport race at Imola was in 2006. This circuit is one of few European anti-clockwise tracks (Valencia is another). It used to be extremely fast but average speeds were greatly reduced after Ayrton Senna's tragic 1994 crash. You need a nimble machine for Imola's four chicanes. These chicanes mean that the right-hand side of the tyre doesn't get loaded up much under braking so grip characteristics need to be good. Combining high levels of side grip with light steering is hard, especially on a bumpy surface like this one.

The Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari started life in 1950 as a public road circuit. Imola's first large-scale motorcycle race was held in 1953. Imola became a permanent racing circuit in 1979 and welcomed the Formula One championship for an exhibition race (held a week after the Italian GP at Monza). The first F1 championship race happened the following year and was called the "Gran Premio Dino Ferrari". Twelve motorcycle GPs have been held at Imola: 7 Nations GPs (1969, 72, 74, 75, 77, 79, 88), two San Marino GPs (81, 83) and three City of Imola GPs (96, 97, 98). Freddie Spencer took his first 500cc World Championship at Imola in 1983, beating Kenny Roberts by just one point.

Imola is 35 km southeast of Bologna, 90 km from Florence, 16 km from Faenza and 35 km from Forli.

-credit: grtj

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Kenny Roberts , Julien Millet , Sylvain Barrier