The Althea MIE Racing team and rider Alessandro Delbianco are in Argentina this weekend, ready to do battle at the San Juan Villicum circuit, the stage for the penultimate round of the 2019 Superbike world championship.
The Superbikes raced at the South American track for the first time last season, the brand new structure officially inaugurated with that very event. The circuit is located roughly 20 km from the city of San Juan, in the west of the country and not far from the Chilean borner. The track is 4.276 km long and features 17 turns, 7 right-handers and 10 left. There are two long straights and the track runs in an anti-clockwise direction.
As a championship rookie, Delbianco is visiting San Juan Villicum for the first time, and so is in for a baptism by fire come Friday morning, when the first free practice session gets underway.
Alessandro Delbianco: “I’m really excited to go to Argentina, another new destination and new track for me. We only have two rounds of the championship left to run and I want to round out the season as well as I can. Before getting to Villicum, we’re in for a long trip, but once there I can’t wait to get out on track and start the work, with the aim of learning the track as quickly as possible and preparing well for Saturday and Sunday’s races.”
Name: Circuito San Juan Villicum
Length: 4276 m
Turns: 7 right, 10 left
Best lap – Rea (Kawasaki) 1’39.175 (2018)
Superpole – Melandri (Ducati) 1’39.012 (2018).
2018 SBK RESULTS
Race 1 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Melandri (Ducati); 3. Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki)
Race 2 – 1. Rea (Kawasaki); 2. Forés (Ducati); 3. Melandri (Ducati)