World Superbike 2012 Guide

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Let us guide you through an exciting summer of World Superbike races in europe.

In 2012 the Superbike World Championship celebrates 25 years

With superbiking's biggest names being joined by a couple of new faces, fans are preparing for a nail-biting series on some of the most intense tracks throughout Europe and around the globe.

Of the 14 stages which make up the 2012 Championship 11 are in Europe, including France, Spain, Italy and Germany, allowing motorcyclists travelling from Britain to experience the thrill and spectacle of continental Europe's scenic roads while riding to each race.

It has never been easier to get your motorbike across the Channel - with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle taking your bike to France costs as little as half the fare for a car and you'll be back on the road just 35 minutes after you drive onboard.

So with an exciting summer of superbiking thrills ahead let Eurotunnel Le Shuttle be your guide to getting the best out of the 2012 championships.

The 2012 Schedule

Racing kicks off in Australia on February 26 and the event travels around the world until the final stage in France, Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, on October 7.

The full schedule is currently as follows:

AustraliaFebruary 26
ItalyApril 1
NetherlandsApril 22
ItalyMay 6
UKMay 13
USAMay 28
San MarinoJune 10
SpainJuly 1
Czech RepublicJuly 22
UKAugust 5
RussiaAugust 26
GermanySeptember 9
PortugalSeptember 23
FranceOctober 7


Last year's champion, Spain's Carlos Checa, will be defending his title, racing for the Althea Racing Ducati team, but no doubt snapping at his wheels will be Italian Max Biaggi. Italian Biaggi took the top spot in 2010 riding for Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team.

World Superbikes track and crowd

British contenders include the 'Pocket Rocket' Leon Haslam, who came second to Biaggi in 2010, after a dramatic showdown during the last leg at Imola, where Haslam was riding for Alstare Suzuki. This year Haslam is riding for BMW Motorra, where he has been joined by world number two Marco Melandri. Yorkshire lad Tom Sykes suffered from crashes during the 2011 season and he will once again be racing for Provec Kawasaki alongside his teammate Joan Lascorz, of Spain.

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari - Italy

The Race

The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari will be the first European circuit in the 2012 championships. Situated by the ancient city of Imola, just outside Bologna, Italy, the track will be hosting the superbikers between March 30 – April 1.

Events kick off on the Friday (30 March) with free and qualifying practices, which continue into the next day. On the Saturday (31 March) the starting order of the first 16 is decided in a series of superpoles, before the main events on Sunday (1 April), with the first race beginning at noon.

Getting There

From Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais terminal the most direct route is a 13 hour ride, passing Strasbourg, Zurich and Milan. It is worth taking a couple of days to do this and explore the thrilling roads which wind through the breathtaking scenery of the Alps.


The circuit has trackside camping by the car parks, so you can stay right in the midst of the action. If you prefer a quieter night's sleep there are a hotels in Imola, including a couple by the track itself. The city of Bologna is just a half hour drive away and you can find accommodation of all sizes and costs there.

Other Sights

The town of Imola itself dates back to Roman times and contains many interesting historical building constructed over the ages. One of the most notable is Sforza Castle, built in the 13th Century, which offers a view across the town from it spectacular terrace. The castle now houses a collection of pottery and weapons which is open to the public.

World Superbikes Sforza Castle

In nearby Bologna there is one must for all visitors – try the local food. The region is famous for its flavoursome Italian cuisine and meals can last for several hours (and courses). The city is also rich with culture, with a plethora of museums and galleries to explore.

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours - France

The Race

As the last stage of the championship the French Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is certain to see the riders pulling out all the stops. Previous years have seen the results come down to the very last race, but however the scoreboard lies you can be sure that all competitors will be looking for the prestige of taking first place in the last races of the competition.

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As with other legs, events begin with practice laps on the Friday (October 5) and practice and qualification races continue into Saturday October 6. The final races of the championship begin at noon on Sunday October 7 and there are certain to be celebrations into the night, whoever wins.

Getting There

The circuit is next to the town of Magny-Cours, a six-hour ride from Eurotunel Le Shuttle's Calais terminal, passing Paris. The town itself is set in the central French countryside, surrounded by the sprawling picturesque fields of crop farms. 


There is trackside camping available, but it is advisable to book early to ensure you get a spot. Facilities are limited, so stock up on food and water before you arrive.

There is also a hotel at the circuit and several in the town of Magny-Cours a short drive away. The nearest city is Nevers, 30 minutes away, which offers plenty of accommodation options and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine.

World Superbikes Magny Cours

Other Sights

Magny-Cours itself is a small, pleasant agricultural town with few sights to see. To explore some of the history of the area head to Nevers, where you can find the Palais Ducal, reportedly the first chateau built in the Loire valley. The picturesque town holds many interesting architectural sights and a wander along the river is a pleasant way to spend an autumn evening.

Celebrating a quarter of a century of racing, the 2012 Superbike World Championship promises to be a thrill ride from start to finish, just make sure you don't miss out on the action.

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