Superbike racing is one of the many motorcycle racing sports and is popular amongst motorbike manufacturers. While many assume that Superbike racing means the same thing as motorcycle racing, there is a clear distinction between the two.
Features of Superbike Racing Motorcycles
In Superbike racing, highly modified production motorcycles are used as opposed to the typical motorbikes we see in MotoGP, and other motorcycle races. One of the significant discerning factors is the type of engine used. Superbikes must have 850cc to 1200cc engines for the four-stroke models and 750cc to 1000cc for the 4-cylinder models.
Superbike Racing Competitions
Competitions in this motorcycle racing field are categorised into two. We have the World Championship and several national series competitions.
Superbike World Championship (SBK)
Established in 1988, the Superbike World Championship is the most prestigious Superbike competition. It brings together some of the best world superbikes teams and riders. Sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the competition is promoted by FGSport. It has grown exponentially in the past decade. Among the teams dominant in the SBK are Ducati, Honda, and Suzuki, with England’s Carl Fogarty, as the most prominent SBK rider in the history of the competition.
National Superbike Series
Several countries have national Superbike series events including the UK, the US, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, France and Ireland, among others.
In the UK, we have the British Superbike Championship (BSB) which is managed by MCRCB-Events. It attracts the likes of Kawasaki, Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki.
In the US, we have the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship, the All Japan Superbike Championship in Japan, the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in Canada and the Superbike Road Race in Nigeria.
There you have it, a guide to Superbike racing, and some of the popular superbike racing events. Which one is your favourite, and why? Talk to us in the comments section below.