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 in 2008 and Carlos Checa closed his triumphant season in 2011.
Alvaro Bautista arrives at Nièvre after getting back into winning form at Portimao. For his début on the Portuguese track the Spaniard managed to once again find the success that had eluded him since the start of the season. It will also be his first time at Magny Cours, but the Spanish rider has everything he needs to enjoy a very nice weekend in France. A round full of light and shadows for the Portuguese Chaz Davies who, after the second place on Saturday, was not able to repeat on Sunday. Magny Cours is a track that the Welshman likes, if only because it was here that he won the Supersport world title in 2011, but he also triumphed several times with the twin-cylinder Panigale.
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. We're in the centre of Europe and the climate in this part of France is often quite variable. This means that there could be very different weather conditions for t