The fifth round of 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship will be contested this weekend at Imola's 'Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari', one of the most emblematic and iconic venues in motorsport history. Red Bull #honda World Superbike Team's #nickyhayden and #stefanbradl will jump back on their #honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machines to attack the 4.936km-long track in front of the traditional big crowd of passionate Italian fans.
The permanent circuit, located within the central Italian town of #imola, made its World Superbike debut in 2001 and, after a two-year absence, it returned on the calendar in 2009. The track itself is a technical mix of fast-flowing chicanes and stop-and-go corners, elevation changes, blind crests and hard downhill braking, with the slow-speed final esses often being the deciding corner of the race. All these features, combined with a relatively short straight (358m), make #imola one of the most physically demanding tracks of the season; furthermore, the different layers of asphalt throughout the lap – with different grip levels – add an extra challenge to teams and riders in their quest for the best set-up of their bikes.
Unlike his team mate #nickyhayden, #stefanbradl has never raced at #imola before, meaning that the 27-year-old German will have to make the best use of Friday morning's Free Practice 1 session – which starts at 9:45am local time (GMT +2) – to get to grips with the circuit before focusing on his performance.
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