WorldSBK is… Where fans meet legends

Thursday, 7 March 2019 10:43 GMT

For many years, millions of fans have met their WorldSBK idols and for many MORE years, it will stay that way

The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has been the birthplace of some of the greatest sportsmen, both in motorcycle racing and in some cases, sport overall. From the days of Carl Fogarty right through to the current stars such as Jonathan Rea and emerging stars like Toprak Razgatlioglu, WorldSBK has been a global stage for those riders to put on some of the greatest shows. In the illustrious 32-year history of the Superbike World Championship, 47 circuits have been graced in 26 stunning countries and six expansive continents, engaging with millions of fans, and it is only getting bigger, better and bolder.

However, it is more than just breath-taking racing and bitter rivalries that captivate countless fans from all over, more-so the ability to meet the big names and affiliate yourself to an international superstar. The openness of the World Superbike paddock makes it one of the most attractive option for fans as a World Championship, with the opportunity to roam relaxingly inside the hustle and bustle. Meeting current riders, celebrities, past riders and WorldSBK royalty all make it a fixture on any bucket-list, wherever the racing.

However, besides the basic openness of the WorldSBK paddock, an experience like none other awaits. Not only do you get to meet the fans on a personal level with selfies, autographs and free giveaways, but you can see them step away from their profession of racing even further. The Paddock Show is completely unique and is one of the main highlights of attending a WorldSBK meeting. With a selection of riders from all categories going on stage and letting their hair down in front of an eagerly awaiting crowd, you get the chance to interact with the stars, feel part of the show and enjoy yourself more. It is more than an autograph in WorldSBK, it’s an experience, a memory, an occasion.

At selected rounds in 2019, WorldSBK will feature a completely open paddock area included in the standard ticket price, something that is rare at such high-level World Championship motorsport events. The chance to wait in close proximity to your favourite rider for their picture or autograph turns from dream to realistic possibility. More than that for the purist, the chance to be immersed in a racing paddock and not feel separated from the riders. The chance to see production-based machinery like you’ve never seen before and won’t see again.

Moreover, fans can meet legends in another way, without stepping foot in the paddock. As is a tradition of Jonathan Rea at Phillip Island, riders often celebrate with the fans. Made famous by Pierfrancesco Chili back in the 1990s, riders often throw gloves, helmets and on the odd occasion, even entire racing leathers into grandstands packed solid with passionate fans, eager to get a glimpse of their number one rider. Guaranteed to leave the circuit with a memory of a life time is special enough, but to be a part of the celebration watched by millions and the aftermath that follows is an unrivalled extravaganza.

One other aspect of WorldSBK that makes it one of the most engaging and interactive championships in the world to attend is the distinctive Parc Ferme accessibility. Eccentric in a way that it is unconventionally atmospheric, yet unparalleled in a way that is exceptionally euphoric. Fans relish the freedom WorldSBK can exclusively offer on the world stage of motorcycle racing; witnessing raw, unfiltered post-race emotions first hand. There really isn’t any other World Championship product like it and a championship of such prestige and yet with such a liberal approach to accessibility makes it the ultimate fan-rider experience!

Before arriving to your venue, be sure to catch up on all the action with the WorldSBK VideoPass!