Motul has been the title sponsor of the FIM Superbike and Supersport World Championships for a year now and is continuing to support technically two very fine teams: Barni Racing Team in Superbike and MV Agusta Reparto Corse, present in both categories. The first stage of the 2017 staging of the SBK, which is celebrating its thirtieth season, took place on 25 and 26 February on the fantastic Phillip Island track.
As in 2016, Xavi Forès is riding Barni Racing Team's Ducati Panigale R, while Leon Camier is aboard Reparto Corse's MV Agusta 1000 F4. They followed each other most closely during this Australian weekend. 8th and 9th on the starting grid of race 1, the Spaniard and the Brit swapped positions in lap ten. Camier had a lead of just 3 tenths over Forès at the arrival to bag 5th place.
The duo left from the first line for race 2 by virtue of the reverse order imposed by the new regulations. 5th place was this time clinched by Forès just 2’’3 behind the winner. He occupies the same position in the World Championship ahead of … Camier, who reached the arrival line 8th placed on Sunday.
MV Agusta Reparto Corse has signed up this year PJ Jacobsen in Supersport. The American proved to be the fastest on Friday, before confirming that by bagging pole, ahead of his predecessor in team Jules Cluzel. Having suffered a technical problem, Jacobsen had to satisfy himself with 6th place.