3 bikes out of 4 at the start of the Superbike World Championship will be equipped with Brembo brakes: here are the trends concerning the braking systems for the 2018 season
Brembo, world leader in the production of high performance braking systems for motorbikes, this year too will participate in the Superbike World Championship in the role of privileged supplier of the main teams competing in the series, providing with its braking systems to 16 of the 21 bikes that will compete in the 13 world races.
In the season that celebrates 30 years of the Superbike World Championship (1988-2018) Brembo chases the victory number 700, confirming a particular feeling between Brembo braking systems and the Superbike Championship.
Protagonist of this series since the first edition, Brembo has equipped the winning bikes of 684 races, equal to 91,7% of all the races disputed.
It’s not a coincidence that from 1988 until today Brembo systems have ensured superlative performance during braking to the winning bikes of 27 Riders Superbike World Championship and 30 Manufacturers Superbike World Championship. Considering the 26 races scheduled in 2018, the goal of 700 victories appears to be reached already in this season.
For the 2018 season Brembo technicians expect the teams to focus almost exclusively on the use of discs of 336 mm diameter, although it’s possible to choose also discs of 328 mm. The adoption of a unique diameter will make possible to avoid issues in case of flag to flag, which occurred in the past when different spacers were adopted.
In terms of thickness of the discs, four are the possible choices that Brembo will make available to the teams: Brembo expects that in particularly demanding circuits for the braking systems, such as Buriram (Thailand), Imola (Italy) and Donington (Great Britain), riders will tend to favour discs of the maximum thickness available.
In the remaining circuits, it’s likely that the riders are oriented towards discs with smaller thickness, even if the assessment of the most suitable thickness will be carried out with the long-run on Friday: after each session Brembo technicians working on track in close contact with the teams check consumption and temperatures reached with the thermo-virating paints.
In addition to the discs, calipers and pads, for which the research of increasingly performing friction materials knows no rest, Brembo supplies also to the teams the master cylinders.
About that, Brembo signals the increasing spread of the thumb master cylinders which allows to activate the rear brake by pressing a special button on the left side of the handlebar. Currently, more than 50% of the Superbike World Championship riders use it, but we estimate that the percentage is destined to grow during the season.
Finally, Brembo Group will be present in the Superbike World Championship also with the Marchesini forged aluminium wheels: a solution used by the majority or the riders competing in the 2018 edition.
Specialised in the manufacturing of sophisticated forged magnesium and aluminium wheels, the brand is one of the most prestigious of Brembo Group. The Marchesini wheels ensure weight savings to the motorcycles, favouring acceleration and handling in changing direction.