Ducati rider racing on a straight in the superbike world championship

Superbike world championship

First managed by FGSport and also by Infront Sports in recent years, the championship is now in the hands of Dorna. As a result of this, and since the introduction of the Evo series that runs alongside the Superbike championship in 2014, numbers on the grid have been boosted. There are now eight international manufacturers and approximately 25 riders from numerous countries.

With events held at some of the world’s most iconic racetracks, Superbike riders take part in two races in each round, which means that a maximum of 50 championship points are on offer during each race weekend. This year the Superbike calendar includes 14 events scheduled to take place in 11 different countries and spanning four continents.

Jonathan Rea held off the title challenge of fellow Brit and Ducati rider Chaz Davies last season, en route to the championship top spot. Davies’ efforts also contributed to the Italian team finishing second in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

Meet the team

Chaz Davies

Chaz Davies

Chaz Davies

Job Title: Rider, Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike team

Born on: 10 February, 1987, Knighton, Wales

Race debut: Chaz began racing in the British Mini Moto championship in 1995, before moving up to Junior Road Racing in 1999

MotoGP debut: Chaz made his MotoGP debut in 2007, when he rode for Pramac d’Antin Ducati in 3 races.

Move to Aruba.it Racing: Chaz switched to World Supersport in 2009 before moving to the World Superbike Championship in 2012. He then joined the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike team in 2015.

Other achievements: Became the World Supersport champion in 2011, which resulted in him being voted 2011 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year

Marco Melandri

Marco Melandri

Marco Melandri

Job Title: Rider, Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike team

Born on: August 7, 1982, Ravenna, Italy

Racing debut: Marco began racing at an early age, competing through the ranks of minibikes, motocross before the Italian and European 125cc championship.

First MotoGP opportunity: Marco moved to the MotoGP class in 2003 in the Yamaha factory team. He is no stranger to Ducati, having raced with the factory team alongside Casey Stoner in 2008.

Move to Aruba.it: After a break from competitive racing in 2016, Marco will join Aruba.it Racing alongside Chaz Davies in 2017.

Other achievements: Before his move to MotoGP, Marco won the 250cc World Championship in 2002 at 20 years of age, making him the youngest world champion in history at the time.

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