Round seven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship is about to get underway at the ‘Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli’ on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Still mourning the loss of Nicky Hayden, the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team has reached the famous seaside destination known as the ‘Riviera di Rimini’, with Stefan Bradl as the sole rider to represent the Netherlands-based squad this weekend.

A few days after completing the UK round at Donington Park at the end of May, Stefan and the team were joined by test rider Michele Magnoni to take part in a two-day test – along with many of their World Superbike rivals – at Misano. This proved to be a good opportunity to evaluate new settings and parts designed and developed for the WorldSBK-spec version of the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, which is now ready to tackle the second and last Italian event of the season.

Stefan Bradl has a best result at Misano of second – with pole position – scored in 2011, the year of his Moto2 World Championship title.

On-track action will begin this Friday at 9:45am local time (GMT +2) with the first free practice session for the World Superbike class.

Private: Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

Misano is going to be a good race for us and I hope the recent test will help us to be more competitive this weekend. It’s a track that I really like because it’s a good mixture of fast corners and slow sectors, so I hope with the data we were able to gather during the test we will go some way in making a step forward and so move closer to the front of the field. This last month has taken its toll on all of us, but we will do our best to stay focused and do a good job.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

We have worked really hard during this little break to better prepared for the upcoming round. During the two-day test at Misano straight after Donington Park we tried many different things, and we also carefully analysed the data we gathered and shared with our technical partners and came up with some interesting findings which hopefully will help us take a step closer to the front guys. It will be our second race with Stefan as the sole rider for the team: it won’t be easy, but we’re fully motivated to do well and improve on the recent results.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Italian Round

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy

WorldSBK 2017, Round 7

Rider Standings
Sunday, 28 May 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 260 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 205 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 185 Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 137 Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 121 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 102 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 99 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 84 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 72 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 58 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 57 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
12 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 48 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
13 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 43 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
14 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 32 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 27 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 23 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
18 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
20 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 12 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
21 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 8 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
22 Jake DIXON GBR 7
23 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 6 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
24 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 6 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
25 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 Yamaha
26 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex