MotoGP and Superbike on the track for a weekend dedicated to Ducati

We are in the final stages of the 2019 racing season and next weekend offers the third-to-the-last race on the MotoGP calendar and the last Superbike race.

Let's start with MotoGP, which will be racing on one of the most beautiful tracks in the world: Phillip Island.

Attempting to describe this track seems to be a useless endeavour since it is one of the most famous in the world for both track quality and the spectacular landscape surrounding it. A very fast track, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, with a very linear configuration yet extremely demanding for riders. Last year Andrea Dovizioso made it to the podium, ending a famine of results for the Desmosedici GP that dated back to the time of Casey Stoner. Alvaro Bautista replaced the injured Lorenzo and took fourth place, making himself known and leading the race for several laps. 

The Ducati Team riders will have to deal with the tyre wear that is always quite accentuated at Phillip Island, but also with the rather unstable weather conditions typical of southern Australia at this time of year. It would not be the first time that a race takes place with very cold asphalt.  

GP Australia
Phillip Island Circuit (GP Australia)
23 October - 25 October 2020 Phillip Island Circuit
General Info

Phillip Island, which is situated around 150 km south of Melbourne, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956. The circuit fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s until it was bought in 1985 and given a major facelift. MotoGP returned in 1989 and 1990 before becoming a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards. The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and is one of the fastest tracks on the calendar

Circuit data
  • Length 4.445 Km
  • Turns 12
  • Fastest Lap 1'28''108
  • Laps number 27
  • Avarage speed 181.7
  • 23 October
    • Free practice 1 UTC
    • Free practice 2 UTC
  • 24 October
    • Free practice 3 UTC
    • Free practice 4 UTC
    • Qualify 1 UTC
    • Qualify 2 UTC
  • 25 October
    • Race UTC

In contrast it will be hot for the Superbike competition, with its last race of the season in the middle of the desert in the evocative night-time setting of Qatar. It must be said that the weekend will take place in an anomalous format, with the start of the tests on Thursday, and the races scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The Losail track is a newly built circuit designed by the architect Tilke, who has signed many of the new tracks. In addition to the long straight leading to the finish, there are both corners requiring intense braking and technical points like the triple curve to the right of the 12 - 13 - 14 corners. This is one of the points that can make a difference in the race, but it is necessary to have the bike finely tuned because being able to thread them on a single line is only possible with an absolutely perfect setup. 

In Losail Chaz Davies will try to continue his upward trend on the Panigale V4 R. The Welshman seems to have finally found the right path, and the second race in Argentina confirmed it. Losail is a track that he likes and he's won twice on. Finishing the season well could provide good momentum going into 2020. 

For Alvaro Bautista it will be his farewell race. Setting aside the final championship standings, the Spanish rider has proven to be one of the fastest in the lot, and wherever he ends up next season he will surely be an opponent to be respected. 

Qatar Round
Losail International Racetrack (Qatar Round)
13 March - 15 March 2020 Losail International Racetrack
General Info

The 5.4 km Losail Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar and was built in little over a year. The main straight is over one kilometre in length and there is a good mix of medium and high-speed corners, including a couple of quick left-handers

Circuit data
  • Length 5.38 Km
  • Turns 16
  • Fastest Lap 1'56''974
  • Laps number -
  • Avarage speed 165.575
  • 13 March
    • Free practice 1 UTC
    • Free practice 2 UTC
  • 14 March
    • Free practice 3 UTC
    • Superpole UTC
    • Race 1 UTC
  • 15 March
    • Race UTC
    • Race 2 UTC
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