After a short break, the FIM Superbike World Championship returns to the challenging Portuguese track close to Algarve coastline for this weekend’s round ten of the series.
Stefan Bradl, however, has never raced at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, but on the occasion of the European launch of the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade last November and during a test with his Red Bull Honda World Suberbike Team earlier this year, the 27-year-old German rider was able to gain sufficient track knowledge. Bradl therefore hopes to take benefit from this and to improve the recent results at the same time.
The calendar of the FIM Superbike World Championship includes 13 events, each with one race on Saturday and Sunday. The machines are based on 1000cc production Superbikes. All races of the series will be broadcasted live on Austrian’s channel ServusTV. The programme is available on free TV in the whole German speaking area. But attention: due to the time difference of one hour to Central Europe, the time schedule for this weekend sees a significant change with starting time of the races at 4:00 pm CET respectively.
#6 Stefan BRADL (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, Honda CBR1000RR SP2):
“After the unfortunate weekend at my home race at the Lausitzring and the subsequent break, I’m glad that the series continues this weekend. I’m looking forward to the races at Portimao because we know this circuit from a test at the start of the season where I got a first taste what to expect from this challenge. Hopefully we will be able to eliminate the disappointing results from the Lausitzring weekend and at the same time to make some progress with the bike. I’m also pleased to welcome Takumi Takahashi as a team mate. It will surely be interesting to share the box with him and I’m also looking forward to his feedback on our Fireblade.”
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve – Track informations:
Length: 4.592 meters
Corners: 15 (6 left / 9 right)
WorldSBK Best Superpole: 1´41.360 (2013)
WorldSBK Circuit Lap Record: 1´42.475 (2013)
Time Schedule (CET):
Friday, 15 September: 10:45 – 11:45 FP1
Friday, 15 September: 15:30 – 16:30 FP2
Saturday, 16 September: 10:05 – 10:30 FP3
Saturday, 16 September: 12:00 – 12:15 SP1
Saturday, 16 September: 12:25 – 12:40 SP2
Saturday, 16 September: 16:00 Race 1 (20 Laps – 91.840 km)
Sunday, 17 September: 10:50 – 11:05 Warm Up
Sunday, 17 September: 16:00 Race 2 (20 Laps – 91.840 km)