Feb 28, 2020 - Sports

Superbike World Championship gets underway in Australia

People riding their superbikes on the track.

Photo: Morgan Hancock/Getty Images

The 2020 Superbike World Championship season gets underway this weekend on Phillip Island, Australia.

How it works: The Superbike World Championship features modified versions of motorcycles available to the public, which differentiates it from MotoGP's purpose-built machines.

  • In other words, Superbike racing is the motorcycle equivalent of stock car racing, while MotoGP is more like Formula One.
  • Race results are combined to determine two annual world championships, one for riders and one for manufacturers — a list that includes BMW, Yahama, Ducati, Honda and Kawasaki.

Looking ahead: The 2020 Superbike racing season runs through October and includes 13 tour stops, with riders competing in Spain (three times), Italy (twice), Qatar, Netherlands, England, Germany, France and Argentina.

📷 Watch: Highlights from last year's opener (YouTube)

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