Added to the calendar back in 2003, the French track has grown to become a popular race, often deciding the outcome of the world championship. Right here in 2004 James Toseland won his first Superbike title on a Ducati 999, Troy Bayliss got his third championship and Carlos Checa closed his triumphant season in 2011.
Given the good auspices, the two Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team riders will try to return to victory in France. For his part, Davies has the double win of 2016 and the success in Race 2 of last year, while Melandri can boast a victory in 2014 and a large number of appearances on the podium including second place in Race 1 of 2017.
Magny Cours is a rather technical track, where fairly slow corners mix with ultra fast stretches. The French track is famous for its braking points, which play a decisive role. The two bends “Adelaide” and “Chateau d’eau”, besides being ideal for overtaking, are also quite tricky given the high speed reached right before them.
Built in the 1960s, it only began hosting world-class competitions in the mid-1980s. The track alternates powerful stretches with hard braking and a couple of very challenging corners. A venue that has hosted the Bol d'Or in the past, it is always populated by French motorcycling enthusiasts who flock there to watch the races.Circuit data