From Friday to Sunday, Philipp Öttl trains for another three days on the Circuito de Jerez. For the only German in the 2022 Superbike World Cup, it’s about adapting his driving style to the Ducati V4.
Last Friday to Sunday, Philipp Öttl did almost 500 laps in Jerez on his training motorcycle, a Ducati V4S with 1100 cc. The preparations for the only German in the 2022 Superbike World Championship will continue on the same route from Friday to Sunday.
After two years in the Supersport World Championship, the priority for Philipp is to adapt his driving style to the 215 hp production Ducati. He deals with the electronic control systems and the numerous setting options on the complex motorcycle.
“I have to change my style and straighten the motorcycle more at the exit of the bend so that I can bring the performance to the ground,” said Öttl in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com. “It’s clear that it doesn’t work perfectly from the start. Of course I still have a lot to learn. I have to get used to the performance first. If I only drove supermoto all winter, I would be surprised by the performance of a superbike, that would not be the right preparation. During the next training session, I’ll be driving over the distance with used tires even more so that I understand how I have to adapt my driving style to my performance and tire wear. I train and prepare for the first test. “
This is for the 8./9. Scheduled for February in Portimao, on one of the most difficult routes on the calendar. Then Öttl will drive the V4R with 1000 cc of his new Go Eleven team for the first time.
“The superbike is a little different,” the Bavarian knows. “Starting with the superbike in Portimao is not easy. But in the end I get along quite well on this difficult route. Sure, it’s easier on flat stretches where the motorcycle only partially does wheelies. In Portimao the front wheel takes off a lot, I will certainly learn a lot at the beginning. I am definitely looking forward to the first time I sit on such a really sharp superbike machine. I know that they still have a lot of work to do at Ducati, where the motorcycles are currently being built. That’s why I don’t know whether everything will be ready for Portimao. I hope that we will take all the tests with us and that we are as well prepared as possible. “
The 2022 Superbike World Championship starts on the weekend of 8-10. April in MotorLand Aragon. In addition to the two days in Portimao, Ducati is planning another two in Misano in mid-March and two in Barcelona at the end of March. On the 3rd / 4th April is the official preseason test in Aragon with all participants.
Team and driver list Superbike World Championship 2022:
Aruba.it Ducati: Michael Rinaldi (I), Alvaro Bautista (E)
Barni Spark Ducati: Luca Bernardi (I)
Motocorsa Ducati: Axel Bassani (I)
Go Eleven Ducati: Philipp Öttl (D)
Honda Racing Corporation: Iker Lecuona (E), Xavier Vierge (E)
MIE Honda: Tati Mercado (RA), Hafizh Syahrin (MAL)
BMW motorcycle: Michael van der Mark (NL), Scott Redding (GB)
Bonovo action BMW: Eugene Laverty (IRL), Loris Baz (F)
Kawasaki Racing Team: Jonathan Rea (GB), Alex Lowes (GB)
Puccetti Kawasaki: Lucas Mahias (F)
Orelac VerdNatura Kawasaki: Sykes? Vinales?
Outdo Pedercini Kawasaki: Loris Cresson (B)
Pata Yamaha: Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR), Andrea Locatelli (I)
GRT Yamaha: Kohta Nozane (J), Garrett Gerloff (USA)
Gil Motor Sport Yamaha: Christophe Ponsson (F)
BOLD = confirmed