WSBK 2022: Philipp Öttls Goeleven-Ducati presents
© Go Eleven With this Ducati of Geeleven, Philipp Öttl trims in the WSBK season 2022 at it goes to Philipp Öttl and the Ducati-Team Geeleven, then it can begin: the Season 2022 of the Superbike World Cup (WSBK). On Sunday, the motorcycle was presented in Cherasco in the Italian region Piedmont, with the Öttl this year's hunting for World Cup points.
with eighth place BMW replacement pilot Ilya Mikhalchik sat strongly in the prelude of the Superbike World Cup. In the course of one, the IDM champion was best BMW pilot and partly left Scott Redding, Loris Baz and Eugene Laverty. In the two Sunday races it did not go to the plan for Mikhalchik. A fall in the sprinklets and a 15th place were the yield of the final day in the Motorland.
with its idea in the superpole and in the course, however, Mikhalchik has left a lasting impression. "I certainly take more positives than negative with my first WSBK weekend," commented on the replacement for Michael van Mark.
"It was above all that I have represented Michael, and we showed strong results in the superpole and in the first race. That was fine, because we could not test so much before," says the Ukrainian only The test in Barcelona and the two test days had available before the season opener.
honda in the top 3: pays off the risk with the two WSBK rookies?
Honda is standing before the third season since the factory comeback in the Superbike World Cup. For HRC it is a new beginning, because both the drivers and the components, the team for the season 2022 has taken new ways. Ex-MotoGP driver Iker Lecuona indicated the potential of the Fireblade at the Barcelona Test ( to the Test Report ) and finished the forces on position three. Teammollege Xavi Vierge was also fast, but had to be hospitalized after a high insider.
© Provil by Motorsport.com Ilya Mikhalchik
Ilya Mikhalchik came right from the start with the WSBK version of the M1000RR
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"Sunday was not our day," regrets the BMW replacement pilot. "I would have liked to be so far as on Saturday. But in the superpole race I could not push right from the beginning. Then I made a little mistake and banned. Thank you to the team that the bike completely rebuilt within two hours has. So we made it into the startup for races two. "
"The bike did not even feel bad, but the route temperatures were too high and it was difficult for me to find in a rhythm," Mikhalchik calls the problem in the final race. "After a few rounds, my feeling became better. My pace would have been enough for seven or eight place, but it was too late. I went alone and got opened to the top 10 group."
"These results do not make me happy after the strong Saturday. But that's racing, and every race can be different now. We have now gained a lot of information for BMW to further improve the bike and bring it in the races in top positions "explains the BMW replacement pilot. It is open whether Michael Van the Mark can drive in his home race in Assen or that Mikhalchik jumps on again in one and a half weeks.
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BMW in Aragon only fifth force: Why Scott Redding Run 2 had to cancel .
© Motorsport Images Scott Redding was with the 2022 BMW everything but satisfied from the beginning of the new WSBK season wanted BMW new entry with the M1000RR Stretching trolls. At the kick-off in Aragon, the Brit was miles away. Already at the test days on Monday and Tuesday, it indicated that Redding has a difficult weekend before him. For the Vice World Champion of 2020 and the World Cup third of 2021 it was even worse than feared.