Honda’s Top Speed Faster Than Ducati in WorldSBK

The CBR1000RR-R superbike reached 200 mph on the straight line

Alvaro Bautista’s Fireblade is the new king of top speed in WorldSBK. Second is Ducati followed by Kawasaki. 

Alvaro Bautista reached a top speed of 322 kph (200 mph) at the end of the straight line at the Phillip Island tests in WorldSBK.

Although his speed on the fastest lap time was 317.6 kph and placed him 17th in the timesheets, the CBR1000RR-R was faster than the Ducati Panigale V4 R ridden by Chaz Davies.

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The British rider was 13th on his fastest lap time with a top speed of 314.9 kph. 

This rev limits of the superbikes decided by the FIM may have a consequence with the top speed of the machines in the 2020 WorldSBK season.

2020 WorldSBK Starting Rev-Limits

  • Kawasaki ZX-10RR: 14,600rpm
  • Ducati Panigale V4 R: 16,100rpm
  • Yamaha YZF R1: 14,950rpm
  • BMW S1000 RR: 14,950rpm
  • 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R: 15,600rpm

Fastest was Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR (310.3 kph) followed by Loris Baz on the Yamaha YZF R1 (305.9 kph) and Leon Haslam with the Honda CBR1000RR-R (312.1 kph).

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The race-spec Panigale V4 R was launched in 2019 for the World Superbike Championship and was the king of speed back then. The Italian superbike was fitted with a new V$ engine configuration and surpassed the likes of Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda and BMW.

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It looks like, the WorldSBK has a new leader as far as top speed goes in the form of the Honda CBR1000RR-R. 

The first round of the WorldSBK will take place at Phillip Island between February 28 – March 1.

Phillip Island Official Test

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap/Top Speed
1 J.   Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m30.523 – 310,3 kph
2 L.   Baz Yamaha YZF R1 +0.235 – 305,9 kph
3 L.   Haslam Honda CBR1000RR-R +0.359 – 312,1 kph
4 S.  Redding Ducati Panigale V4 R +0.362 – 310,3 kph
5 T.   Sykes BMW S1000 RR +0.472 – 305,9 kph
6 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 +0.564 – 305,9 kph
7 T.   Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 +0.776 – 309,5 kph
8 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R +0.884 – 310,3 kph
9 S.  Cortese Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.042 – 300,8 kph
10 X.  Fores Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.130 – 305,1 kph
11 E.  Laverty BMW S1000 RR +1.147 – 309,5 kph
12 M. Scheib Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.287 – 305,9 kph
13 C.  Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R +1.314 – 314,9 kph
14 A.  Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.340 – 308,6 kph
15 G.  Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 +1.418 – 306,8 kph
16 F.   Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R1 +1.458 – 305,9 kph
17 A.  Bautista Honda CBR1000RR-R +1.482 – 317,6 kph
18 L.   Camier Ducati Panigale V4 R +2.241 – 305,9 kph
19 T.   Takahashi Honda CBR1000RR-R +5.791 – 290,3 kph

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