STATS GUIDE: will BMW take their first-ever Assen podium as WorldSBK race #950 nears

Heading to the Netherlands and to the TT Circuit Assen is always an honour for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and 2024 will be no different. The records are enormous but some of the history that could be made at this year’s Pirelli Dutch Round is rather remarkable. So, buckle up and take a look at just some of the magic numbers in play for round three of the season.

950 – WorldSBK is readying for its 950th race, scheduled for Race 2 this weekend. So far, there have been 79 different winners, 71 polesitters, 132 podium finishers, 598 points-scorers, 19 Champions and 8 winning manufacturers.

569 – Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) has amassed 569 points at Assen, an all-time record.

400/100 – Last year’s Race 2 was the 400th WorldSBK win for Ducati, achieved by Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati). This year, Spain could become the fifth country with 100 wins in WorldSBK, after Great Britain (307), USA (119), Australia (118), Italy (108).

94 – If Bautista gets a podium, he’ll match Troy Bayliss’ tally of 94.

35 – The Dutch track is a home for British wins: no less than 35 out of 65.

31-30 – Last year, Ducati upped their tally of Assen wins to 31, which is one more than the sum of its nearest rivals, Honda and Kawasaki at 15 each.

26 – 26 Dutch riders were able to start at least one WorldSBK race. The most successful is Michael van der Mark (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), the only one able to record wins (5); poles (1); fastest laps (5) and podiums (40).

25/26 – Rea can equal and surpass his all-time record of podiums on a given track in WorldSBK: 26 at Aragon. He’s on 25 Assen podiums. The only year without an Assen podium was 2009 (7th and 5th).

20 – No less than 20 different riders have won a WorldSBK race at Assen but just two of them are present in the 2024 field: Rea and Bautista. In the last 20 races, only one other rider has beaten them at the track: Tom Sykes in Race 2, 2018, his last win to date.

20/10 – BMW riders never climbed on the podium at Assen: a top three result will make the Dutch track the 20th in which BMW posts a podium finish. Also, a win will make this the tenth winning track for them. Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) has never won there either.

17 – 17 wins for Rea at Assen: the absolute record for a rider on any given track.

15 – The last of the two Yamaha wins here came 15 years ago by Ben Spies (Race 1 2009). Their only other win was achieved in 2000’s Race 2 by Noriyuki Haga.

8 – Both Jonathan Rea and Carl Fogarty were able to win eight consecutive races at Assen. Fogarty set the record from 1993 to 1996, Rea from 2014 Race 2 to 2018 Race 1.

2 – Only two riders managed to record their maiden career win at Assen: Chris Walker (Race 1, 2006) and Sylvain Guintoli (Race 1, 2012), both of which were wet races.

2×11 – In the last 11 races run here, a streak started in Race 1, 2019, there were only two winners: Jonathan Rea (5) and Alvaro Bautista (6).

2×19 – The last 19 races run here were won only by two manufacturers: Kawasaki (13) and Ducati (6). The streak started after Rea won for Honda in Race 2, ten years ago (2014).

1 – Only one rider was able to win a dry race here starting outside the top five on the grid: that was Jonathan Rea in 2017 in Race 2, from 9th.

1 – A track of firsts for Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK): first podium and fastest lap in 2014 Race 2; maiden pole, 2018.

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“My hunger and motivation are quite high” – Redding targets top six return at Assen

With the BMW winning races – but not in his hands – Scott Redding (Bonovo Action BMW) is as hungry as ever to be in the front battle at a circuit he enjoys. The TT Circuit Assen is a favourite for many but Redding has good memories with BMW there, having achieved his first top five with the German brand in Race 2 two years ago. Now, after a tricky start to 2024 but at tracks he’s never been strong at, Round 3 onwards should see a more competitive ‘Redding Power’ inside the top ten, with the top six his target.

The 30-year-old’s season started with a P11 in Race 1 at Phillip Island before three consecutive 17th place finishes followed; 12th in Barcelona’s Superpole Race and 11th in Race 2 make it a small upturn in form, although Redding elaborated previously that his feeling with the bike is improving and that the result isn’t perhaps reflective of the progress. Three solid top ten results at Assen in 2023 will spur the British star on, even if it’s not been the dream start to the season for the #45.

“I don’t want to go with too much expectation because I’ve been bitten in the arse a few times with that but I’m feeling good for Assen,” began an ever-honest Redding. “It’s a track that I’m good at and my hunger and motivation are quite high for right and wrong reasons: knowing the bike can do it but it’s not me there doing it. That makes me hungry to be there to achieve it myself. The package has the potential so my goal is top six or top five and if we get them, then we can go home happy. If you’re in those positions, then you’re fighting for a podium. I’m not scared of a battle or a fight when the result is there to be taken.”

As far as BMW’s previous form at Assen goes, it perhaps isn’t their strongest circuit. Never with a win, podium, pole or fastest lap, they have two front row places to cheer about: Troy Corser’s P3 in 2010 and more recently, the mighty performance of Markus Reiterberger in 2019, when he took P3 on the grid and ran in the podium places for the opening laps in Race 1. However, BMW had also never had a win or podium at what is widely regarded as their weakest circuit in Barcelona, yet Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) quickly turned their fortunes around for his first wins with the manufacturer. With Redding’s best BMW-Assen finish of P5 coming two years ago, a trio of good points last year, could this year be different?

Explaining how vital the Tissot Superpole session is to give yourself a chance in the races, as well as a clean opening lap, Redding resumed: “Superpole is probably one of the most important sessions of the race weekend, it really can make it or break it. It’s one of the most stressful parts of a race weekend because you don’t have a lot of time to get it right. You only really get two chances and you have to pull it together. We have to be consistent through the races; it gets a bit chaotic at the start with some of these younger guys coming in; they’re trying to win the race in the first lap and it’s a bit crazy to be honest. When you don’t qualify at the front, you’re in the midst of all that and it’s quite sketchy. I’m more mature now and for me, you get points at the end of the race, not in the gravel on Lap 1 but then there’s always a knock-on effect. You need good starts, first laps and then you work on race pace.”

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PREVIEW: the ‘Cathedral of Speed’ welcomes WorldSSP as enthralling campaign hits Assen

The FIM Supersport World Championship continues its thrilling season with a trip to the Netherlands, and the iconic TT Circuit Assen. A track steeped in history and full of iconic moments, 2024 is sure to be no different for the WorldSSP field as the action heats up for Round 3, the Pirelli Dutch Round. There have been three winners and five riders on the podium so far this season, so will there be a new name to add to the list or will frontrunners start pulling clear?

MONTELLA VS SCHROETTER VS MANZI: three-way title fight brewing, or can others join in?

Four points separate Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Team) and Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), with Montella taking two wins to Schroetter’s none so far, although he has been close with four podiums out of four. On 65 points and seven away from the German is Stefano Manzi (Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing), who was the Race 2 Barcelona winner and has three podiums to his name. At his team’s home race, can the #62 add to his win tally and close the gap? The other rider to win this year is Adrian Huertas (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) but a win, a podium and two crashes means he’s down in fifth, but will the #99 be able to change his mixed fortunes at Assen?

A STRONG START: Caricasulo on the MV Agusta, Debise and Mahias underdogs for Assen?

Federico Caricasulo (Motozoo ME AIR Racing) has enjoyed a strong start to life on the MV Agusta, running inside the top eight in all four races this season but his next step will be to target a podium. One of the most experienced riders on the grid, perhaps Assen will be where he grabs his first MV Agusta rostrum. Elsewhere, French riders Lucas Mahias (GMT94 Yamaha) and Valentin Debise (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) both enjoyed a strong Barcelona, fighting in the lead group, with Mahias coming away with a podium. He was on the rostrum in 2017 with Yamaha machinery and will be looking to repeat that, while Debise has taken fifth in three races this year. He’s only stood on the podium in France while in WorldSSP but he’ll hope his strong form means this changes this weekend.

BACK TO THE FRONT: looking to make gains at Assen

Bahattin Sofuoglu (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) sits sixth in the standings and is going in search of his first podium and win of the season, although Assen is a circuit he’s only made the top ten once at. For Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), it’s a return to where his 2023 season effectively ended following his crash with Montella last season and he’ll be hoping to put everything behind him with a strong result in the Netherlands. He was quick in Barcelona but faded as the race went on, but perhaps Assen will be different for the #61 at a circuit he’s had a podium at, back in Race 2 in 2022.

WILDCARDS: Smits returns, van Wikselaar set for debut

Two wildcard riders will race at Assen, and both will be looking to give the passionate Dutch crowd something to cheer on home soil. Twan Smits (Team Apreco) has been in the paddock before, competing in WorldSSP300 in 2021 as a wildcard as well as Portimao last year in WorldSSP where he took a best of 20th. It’ll be a debut for Wiljan van Wikselaar (WST WIXX Racing Ducati), who won the Dutch Supersport championship last year and is competing in IDM Supersport in 2024. He’s also competed in the Dakar Rally.

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2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review | First Ride

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review
The 450NK is one of four bikes in CFMOTO’s lineup powered by a liquid-cooled 449cc parallel-Twin with dual counterbalancers and a lively 270-degree crank. (Photos by Kevin Wing)

As a husky guy who’s 6 feet tall and more than 200 lb, I’m not the target buyer for small bikes, but man, I sure love riding them. Don’t get me wrong; I love riding powerful bikes (like the 190-hp KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo I track-tested in Spain) and big bikes (like the Harley-Davidson Glides I recently rode on a nine-day, 4,200-mile tour through four states), but they require a level of respect and seriousness that I’m not always in the mood for. Sometimes I just wanna have fun.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review

The CFMOTO 450NK has carefree written all over it. It weighs just 364 lb, makes 50 hp at the crank, and has nothing to figure out – just hop on and ride. That’s not to say the 450NK is a toy or just a playbike. While it’s certainly slender between the knees and is easy to toss through a set of tight turns, it doesn’t feel diminutive, nor does it have a cramped cockpit. Snug, perhaps, but not cramped. The positions of the upright handlebar and footpegs are sensible, and the sculpted shape of the tank allows the rider to comfortably wrap around it, giving the sense of sitting in rather than on the bike.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review

Powering the 450NK is a liquid-cooled 449cc parallel-Twin that’s a workhorse in CFMOTO’s lineup. The same engine is found in the 450SS sportbike, the Ibex 450 adventure bike I recently tested, and the forthcoming 450CL-C cruiser. Dual counterbalancers help it run smoothly throughout the rev range, and its 270-degree crank gives it a delightful rumble complemented by a spicy exhaust note – not the dull drone one might expect of a bike in this class.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review

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Except for a bit of low-speed roughness, the 450NK’s cable-actuated throttle provides good response. The slip/assist clutch makes for a light, easy pull when rowing through the 6-speed gearbox, and both the clutch lever and front brake lever are adjustable for reach. The 450NK’s 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels and narrow 110/70 front and 140/60 rear tires (made by CST, the parent company of Maxxis) contribute to the bike’s nimbleness. A light push on either end of the handlebar is all it takes to initiate a turn, and the 450NK holds its line obediently.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review
The 450NK’s tailsection has cut-outs in the bodywork, a small pillion, and a stylish taillight.

The bike makes a great commuter or playful canyon carver. It purrs smoothly at highway speeds and will do “the ton” with little effort. Given my body’s weight and terrible aerodynamic profile, not to mention my tendency to twist the throttle with abandon, I recorded lackluster fuel economy during this test – just 42.4 mpg, yielding about 157 miles from the 3.7-gallon tank. When our lighter and less aggressive associate editor, Allison Parker, tested the 450SS, she posted a more respectable 63 mpg. Sheesh, maybe it’s time to shed a few pounds and reduce my coffee intake.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review
Angular bodywork gives the 450NK a sleek streetfighter look. The bike is equipped with ABS, TC, a TFT display, and LED lighting.

The 450NK’s suspension and brakes, while competent, are about what you’d expect for a $5,399 motorcycle. The 37mm inverted fork is not adjustable, and the multi-link rear shock is only adjustable for spring preload. Damping is good for general street riding without being overly taut or too soft. The J.Juan brakes, with a 4-piston radial front caliper pinching a 320mm disc and a 1-piston floating rear caliper with a 220mm disc, provide adequate, consistent stopping power. Standard safety features include ABS and switchable traction control.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review

Carles Solsona, CFMOTO’s Italy-based motorcycle design director, did a great job on the 450NK’s styling, which echoes that of the 800NK. Both bikes have a V-shaped headlight nacelle with a large daytime running light, and the tops of their front fenders have a unique convex shape. The tank shrouds, radiator shrouds, lower cowling, and airy cut-outs in the tail give the 450NK a modern, go-fast look, and the Zephyr Blue colorway is especially eye-catching (the other color option is Nebula White).

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review

Useful amenities include full LED lighting, a USB charging port, and a 5-inch color TFT instrument panel that includes Bluetooth connectivity to the CFMOTO app, which allows navigation and music to be shown on the screen. The switchgear and menus are intuitive, but the app’s navigation function needs some refinement.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review
The TFT is packed with info, but the small, thin font can be hard to read.

As with other bikes in CFMOTO’s lineup, the 450NK delivers good value for the money, but its most endearing trait is its approachability. After a long hiatus from riding, my brother, Paul, has returned to the joys of motorcycling, and lately we’ve been getting together for Saturday morning rides. He has taken a shine to the 450NK, which has been the perfect bike on which to sharpen skills that had become dull. 

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review

Whether you’re new to riding, returning to the fold, or are a jaded veteran, the smile that will be on your face after riding this bike is priceless.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK Review
At just $5,399, the 2024 CFMOTO 450NK provides a lot of value in a playful package.

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2024 CFMOTO 450NK Specifications

  • Base Price: $5,399
  • Website: CFMOTOusa.com
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. 
  • Displacement: 449cc  
  • Bore x Stroke: 72.0 x 55.2mm  
  • Horsepower: 50 hp @ 9,500 rpm (factory claim)  
  • Torque: 28.8 lb-ft @ 7,600 rpm (factory claim)  
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch   
  • Final Drive: Chain  
  • Wheelbase: 53.9 in.
  • Rake/Trail: 24.5 degrees/3.7 in.
  • Seat Height: 31.3 in. 
  • Wet Weight: 364 lb (factory claim)  
  • Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.  
  • Fuel Consumption: 42.4 mpg 
  • Estimated Range: 157 miles

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FULL SCHEDULE: all the session times from Assen as the Dutch Round awaits!

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship continues with the Pirelli Dutch Round at the iconic TT Circuit Assen, with track action at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’ starting at 09:40 Local Time (UTC+1) on Friday with WorldSSP300 Free Practice followed by WorldSBK Free Practice 1 at 10:20. WorldSSP Free Practice is 11:20. Then, we dive straight into Tissot Superpole for WorldSSP300 at 14:10 and WorldSSP Superpole at 16:00, with WorldSBK Free Practice 2 sandwiched between them at 15:00. On Saturday, the action begins at 09:00 with WorldSBK Free Practice 3, before Tissot Superpole at 11:00 for the WorldSBK field. After that, it’s race time. WorldSSP300 Race 1 at 12:45, WorldSBK at 14:00 and WorldSSP at 15:15. The round concludes on Sunday, with three Warm Up sessions starting the day from 09:00 before racing begins at 11:00 with the Tissot Superpole Race. WorldSSP300 Race 2 starts at 12:45, WorldSBK at 14:00 and WorldSSP at 15:15.

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Friday, 19th April 2024 (all times Local Time, UTC+1)

09:40-10:05 – WorldSSP300 Free Practice

10:20-11:05 – WorldSBK Free Practice 1

11:20-12:00 – WorldSSP Free Practice

14:10-14:35 – WorldSSP300 Tissot Superpole

15:00-15:45 – WorldSBK Free Practice 2

16:00-16:40 – WorldSSP Tissot Superpole

Saturday, 20th April

09:00-09:20 – WorldSBK Free Practice 3

09:30-09:40 – WorldSSP300 Warm Up

09:50-10:00 – WorldSSP Warm Up

11:00-11:15 – WorldSBK Tissot Superpole

12:45 – WorldSSP300 Race 1 (12 laps)

14:00 – WorldSBK Race 1 (21 laps)

15:15 – WorldSSP Race 1 (18 laps)

Sunday, 21st April

09:00-09:10 – WorldSBK Warm Up

09:20-09:30 – WorldSSP300 Warm Up

09:40-09:50 – WorldSSP Warm Up

11:00 – WorldSBK Tissot Superpole Race (10 laps)

12:45 – WorldSSP300 Race 2 (12 laps)

14:00 – WorldSBK Race 2 (21 laps)

15:15 – WorldSSP Race 2 (18 laps)

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Petrucci out of Assen after motocross training crash, Spinelli gets WorldSBK debut

The third round of the 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship will not feature Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) after the Italian suffered a motocross training incident in Italy. Already with a podium in 2024 and with a solid start after six races, it’s a blow that the #9 didn’t want but with seven weeks off between Assen and Misano, he’ll hope to be back fit for his home round. This weekend, he’ll be replaced by fellow countryman and WorldSSP podium finisher, Nicholas Spinelli.

Spinelli, who has 20 races, seven top ten finishes and one podium from his experience in WorldSSP, steps up to the main World Superbike class for this weekend, deputising for ‘Petrux’. Spinelli is no stranger to the team, having won the CIV championship for them in 2022 under the ‘next generation’ class. 22-year-old Spinelli doesn’t have Superbike experience but he’s a double CIV Moto3 champion alongside his CIV Supersport accolade.

Petrucci’s crash left him with a double fracture to his jaw, which he has already undergone surgery for with the insertion of plates. He’ll also undergo surgery on his right clavicle but is scheduled to remain in hospital until Monday, 15th April, although his recovery will take longer due to the second procedure. The fourth round takes place on 14th – 16th June, although there will be a test at Misano two weeks prior on the 30th and 31st of May, with this the target for Petrucci’s return to the track.

Speaking about being out for the third round, Danilo Petrucci spoke dejectedly after such a strong start to the year: “I’m truly disappointed about this injury. I was in great shape, felt I could achieve good results, and was training even harder. I’d never had to skip a race due to a motocross accident, but I won’t be at Assen. With the plates they’ve inserted, I wouldn’t even be able to put on my helmet. In agreement with the doctors, we decided to operate on the clavicle too. I want to be there for the Misano tests at the end of May.”

With a career-first WorldSBK call-up, Spinelli is relishing the opportunity, despite the circumstances: “I am so sorry for Danilo’s accident and I wish him a speedy recovery, but I am really happy with this call. Racing with the guys of Superbike is a dream come true, I will try my best to do well and enjoy this experience. A big thank you to Marco Barnabo and the whole team who still believe in me after the season we had together.”

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PREVIEW: Assen classics in prospect as heavyweights gear up for 950th WorldSBK race

A track steeped in history and where the fans breathe a passion for motorcycle racing. A Championship that has seen three last lap deciders in the first six races of the season, bringing unpredictability and unimaginable stories along with it. This weekend, both worlds meet for one of the most anticipated rounds on the 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship calendar; the Pirelli Dutch Round. The TT Circuit Assen welcomes WorldSBK for round three of the season and after the monumental achievements of last time out in Barcelona, drama is never far away in the Netherlands as the Championship readies for race #950 in Race 2.

TOPRAK AND BMW: WorldSBK’s story of the moment headlines Assen

Race 1 and the Superpole Race in Barcelona went down in history for Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and will live long in the memory for those watching from trackside and afar. The 2021 World Champion took a dramatic first win with the German manufacturer in Race 1 after managing his tyre to beat Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), whilst in the Superpole Race, he denied Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) with a Rossi-style last lap, last corner pass. A P3 in Race 2 sees him sitting fourth overall and is the rider in form, although he’s never won at Assen before. His teammate is also likewise competitive and with a home round, Michael van der Mark will be keen for his first podium in two and a half years to come in front of a massive crowd.

DUCATI HAVE NEW RIVALS: Bulega leads the charge, Bautista back to winning ways

Inexperience may have cost Bulega victory in Barcelona and bad starts may also be complicating matters further but he leads the way into round three. The Italian rookie, a sensation already in 2024, has come into Ducati’s WorldSBK outfit and taken no prisoners, something that teammate and reigning double World Champion Bautista will have felt. 12 points split them but the dynamic could change again this weekend. Assen is a circuit where experience counts and it’s the first track on the calendar that there’s been no prior testing, making Friday one of the most important none-race days of the season so far. Will Bulega be able to get dialled in straight away, more-so following arm-pump surgery, or can Bautista hit the ground running at a circuit where he’s won the last four races? This new situation of having two riders who can go toe-to-toe for victories will also be interesting from a managerial perspective; how will Serafino Foti and the rest of Ducati’s top brass manage the evolution of Bulega vs Bautista?

THE ASSEN MASTER: Rea chases first Yamaha podium

17 wins, 25 podiums: they aren’t career stats – some riders would be happy with that – but they are Jonathan Rea’s (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) Assen stats. Remarkable isn’t a strong enough word for just how good the six-time World Champion is at the Dutch venue, although he’s not been able to win there since 2022. He’s not had the start to his Yamaha journey that he’d have liked with just eight points achieved from six races, although there was a small breakthrough during Barcelona and he will be hoping his season really starts at ‘The Cathedral of Speed’. For teammate Andrea Locatelli, the Italian has had a podium every year at Assen, including a first of his WorldSBK career in 2021. He’s getting closer and Paul Denning recently said that the “very next step has to be to win” for the 55. Likewise fast at Assen, watch out for top six finishers from 2023 Dominique Aegerter (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) and Remy Gardner.

LOWES AND KAWASAKI STRONG: can they both rekindle some Dutch magic?

It’s been a circuit of firsts for Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in the past with a first fastest lap and podium in 2014 and then a first pole in 2018. Now for Kawasaki, he’s joint-second in the Championship and just 12 points away from Bulega; Kawasaki have won 13 of the last 19 races at Assen but nothing since 2022; Lowes has been competitive in 2024 and will have eyes on a podium, whereas teammate Axel Bassani has always been inside the top ten before – albeit for Ducati – but will hope he can fight inside the top ten again. Keep an eye on Tito Rabat (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who had a strong showing in Barcelona even if he did finish P15 at the flag.

ROOKIE WATCH: Iannone chasing victory once again

After suffering a first crash in race conditions in Race 2 at Barcelona, Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) aims to bounce back at Assen, the first track where there’s been no prior testing, so it will be interesting to see how he and the rest of the rookies get on. Sam Lowes (ELF Marc VDS Racing Team) has already led race laps in 2024 but now just needs to work on tyre life and managing the race simulation, although the pace is undoubtedly present. Tarran Mackenzie (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team) has had a Superbike podium in 2018 in BSB so is back on familiar territory, whilst it will be a first Superbike experience for teammate Adam Norrodin at the famous Dutch venue.

DARK HORSES: will there be a different name fighting at the front in 2024?

Despite podium already in 2024, Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) will miss the Dutch Round after suffering a motocross fall in training. The Italian crashed in Italy last week and had to undergo surgery after suffering injuries to his shoulder blade, collarbone, and jaw. He will be replaced by Nicholas Spinelli, who makes his WorldSBK debut.Further back and completing the top ten in the standings, Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW) seeks a return to the top six competition, whereas teammate Scott Redding has stated that his aim is that too. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team Motocorsa Racing) has enjoyed podiums at Assen but didn’t manage a top ten in Barcelona where he was previously a winner, whilst Team HRC hope they can fight inside the top ten with Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona, with it being the track where the latter took a podium at in 2022.

A CLASSIC VENUE: some must-watch races to get you warmed up

With Race 2 set to be the 950th in WorldSBK history, Assen has made history along the way in more ways than one. The classic of 1996’s Race 2 saw a three-way fight until the end, whereas in 1998, Carl Fogarty and Frankie Chili came to blows on the final lap. 2000’s Race 2 was Yamaha’s first win at the track, courtesy of Noriyuki Haga after a mind-blowing scrap with Troy Bayliss. Fast-forward to 2004, Chris Vermeulen wins for Dutch team Ten Kate Racing after a head-to-head classic with James Toseland in Race 2. One of the greatest races of all-time came in 2006 when Chris Walker, after running off-track at Turn 2 on the opening lap, came from last to first for his only World Superbike win and a year later, the track delivered again when Troy Bayliss robbed James Toseland of a career-first double in Race 2.

2009’s battle between Haga, Ben Spies and Leon Haslam was memorable too, as was Michael van der Mark’s first podium in WorldSBK in 2015. There was more Dutch magic coming in 2019 when he took his best-ever result at the circuit in Race 2, beating Jonathan Rea. 2022 was also a dramatic year as big rivals Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea clashed and crashed in Race 2, paving the way for Alvaro Bautista to take victory ahead of Andrea Locatelli and Iker Lecuona.

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May 2024

In this issue, we review the Honda Rebel 1100T DCT in bagger trim with saddlebags and fairing, the updated 2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide, and the 2024 CFMOTO 450NK naked bike.

Kickstarts has first looks at new models from Indian Motorcycle, Triumph, and MV Agusta, and our Minnesota Travel Guide will help you plan your next moto trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

This issue includes two On the Road features about exploring Tennessee and Kentucky from Nashville and a father-son motorcycle trip in southern Minnesota. And for our Favorite Ride, EIC Greg Drevenstedt takes a trip to Duluth, Minnesota, to tour the Aerostich factory and explore the surrounding area.

Our Exhaust Note comes from Tash Matsuoka, Rider’s chief editor from 1983-1989, and Quinn Redeker discusses footing while countersteering in Motor School. Celebrating Rider’s 50th anniversary, our Rider Rewind section showcases an interesting fuel economy streamliner from the 1980s.

Additional stories in the May issue of Rider:

  • 2023 Honda Rebel 1100T DCT | Riden & Rated
  • 2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide | First Ride
  • 2024 CFMOTO 450NK | First Ride
  • Minnesota Travel Guide
  • Southern Exposure | On the Road
  • Beauty in Bluff Country | On the Road6
  • From Aerostich to Skyline Parkway | Favorite Ride
  • Rider-Sponsored Fuel Economy Streamliner | Rider Rewind
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WHAT WE’VE LEARNT: genuine steps forward, a potential headache looming and more…

The 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is shaping up to be one of the most memorable ever, with six thrilling races at two iconic circuits already in the history books. Four winners, seven riders on the podium from four manufacturers and three different brands winning already mean there’s a lot that we’ve learnt from this season, but also a lot still to learn. So, what have we been able to work out in the early stages of 2024?

BMW’S BIG STEP FORWARD: a consistent podium challenger?

Australia gave a glimpse of what BMW might be able to achieve in 2024, but Phillip Island is always tricky in terms of how the rest of the season will play out. A few weeks later in Barcelona, and the German manufacturer were fighting at the front once again. Two wins from Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) were the highlight but teammate Michael van der Mark was also fighting towards the podium places, taking fourth in Race 2. Next door at Bonovo Action BMW, Scott Redding and Garrett Gerloff will be hoping they can crack the top ten and podium places, but it appears there’s been a genuine step made by BMW with the M 1000 RR.

A POTENTIAL HEADACHE: Bulega takes the fight to Bautista early on…

Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) arrived in WorldSBK as the reigning World Supersport Champion, but the expectation was he’d settle in at Ducati this year, before emerging as a contender in the future. That’s not been the case, however. A stunning Race 1 victory in Australia was backed up with second in Race 1 in Barcelona and, while poor starts and perhaps a bit of inexperience have cost him, he’s already taking the fight to teammate Alvaro Bautista. 12 points separates the pair, in the #11’s favour, after two rounds. Will Bulega continue to fight with Bautista in the early stages of 2024?

KAWASAKI’S FORM: strong in the early part of 2024

After losing Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) for 2024, the Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK have started the season strongly. Two wins in Australia for Alex Lowes were backed up with three top-six finishes in Barcelona for the #22, and the 75 points he’s collected so far makes it his strongest start to a season – points wise after two rounds – since he joined Kawasaki in 2020. Now working with Pere Riba as his crew chief, it seems the hard work and team reshuffle is paying off for Lowes. There’s also been steps made by new recruit Axel Bassani as he adapts to the ZX-10RR, taking tenth in Race 1 in Barcelona and finishing only six seconds down on his teammate.

ROOKIES CONTINUE TO SHINE: leading races, fighting for the podium, mixing it with factory teams…

Andrea Iannone (Team GoEleven) has been one of the standout rookies after his podium exploits in Australia, and he repeated that in Barcelona in the unforgettable Tissot Superpole Race. But he isn’t the only rookie to impress. Sam Lowes (ELF Marc VDS Racing Team) has been strong, leading in Catalunya, and while he hasn’t got a rostrum yet, it’s surely not far away. Bulega, of course, was mentioned earlier but it’s worth reiterating that he’s a rookie leading the Championship. Further down the grid and a bit under the radar, but Tarran Mackenzie (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda) has been able to fight with the factory Honda riders, beating Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) in the Barcelona Superpole Race as he re-adapts to WorldSBK machinery.

LOOKING TO FIND GAINS: Honda searching for a big step…

Honda’s new bike was announced, and the immediate reactions were positive, but 2024 has been a struggle for Lecuona and teammate Xavi Vierge. Just one top-ten finish so far between Lecuona, Vierge, Mackenzie and Adam Norrodin (PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda) show the extent of Honda’s issues, and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – a track they’ve gone well at in the past – didn’t help in 2024 with all riders outside the top ten. Everyone at Honda will be hoping they can move forward as soon as possible.

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Petrucci to undergo surgery after motocross training crash

Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) was preparing for the 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship’s next round when he suffered a crash while completing some motocross training. ‘Petrux’ was conscious at all times following the crash in Cingoli, Italy, but will require surgery after suffering fractures to his jaw and right collarbone.

In a post on social media on Thursday evening, the team said: “Following a crash during a motocross training session, Danilo Petrucci suffered a fracture of his right collarbone and jaw. The Barni Spark Racing Team rider has always remained conscious, and he will undergo surgery. Danilo was in Cingoli for a day of preparation for the next round of WorldSBK.”

Petrucci took to Instagram on Friday morning, saying: “Yesterday during a motocross training at the Cingoli track, I lost control of the motorbike before a jump and therefore instead of braking the motorbike accelerated… I jumped a lot and crashed to the ground. It was one of the scariest falls of my life. I broke some teeth, my jaw in two parts, my collarbone and my shoulder blade as well as various skin lacerations. Thank you for all the messages, I hope to smile again soon.”

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