2011 World Superbike Official Test Dates Announced

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The World Superbike season may be over, but testing for 2011 is about to get underway, and Infront Motorsports has released its official testing schedules. Leading into the 13-round 2011 Superbike World Championship, the first official testing session will be at Portimao. For WSBK and WSS, tesing will start on Wednesday January 26th, while the the 1000 & 600 Supertock series will start Tuesday January 27th. Testing will conclude for everyone on Friday the 28th.

The second testing session will be held at Phillip Island, which will also be the first venue of the 2011 season. Testing at Phillip Island for all the series will start Monday February 21st, and end Tuesday the 22nd. These dates are in addition to the unofficial testing sessions, which have been scheduled by the teams themselves.

A large portion of the WSBK grid is expected to show up at Aragon from Wednesday October 27th to Friday October 29th, but new WSBK rider Marco Melandri will have to finish his MotoGP duties before he can turn a wheel on his Sterilgarda Yamaha. The Italian rider is expected to test at MotoGP’s Valencia test, which starts the Monday immediately after the Valencian GP.

BMW has days scheduled at Jerez from Wednesday November 24th through Friday the 26th, while Aprilia and Yamaha will head to Phillip Island for a private test from Tuesday November 30th through Thursday December 2nd. Kawasaki will bring out its new 2011 ZX-10R race bike in Sepang, with its testing days on January 10th through 14th.

Source: WorldSBK & MotoMatters