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27 Riders Set to Battle it out in Aragón at the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale

27 Riders Set to Battle it out in Aragón at the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale

The second edition of the Yamaha R7 European SuperFinale, which will see 27 of the top riders from the national R7 Cups and Challenges across Europe, South America and Asia fight for the chance to be crowned champion, will take place during Round 10 of the 2023 FIM Superbike World Championship at Motorland Aragón, Spain, from 21 – 23 September.

The 2023 edition of the R7 European SuperFinale has seen the competition go from strength to strength, with over 128 riders from 14 different countries competing for the opportunity to secure one of the grid slots on offer at the SuperFinale, in a bid to emulate the inaugural winner, Italian Michael Girotti.

The top riders from the national Cups and Challenges in countries such as France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and even as far afield as Brazil and Thailand, will compete for glory in two races at Aragón.

The prize on offer for the overall winner is a brand-new R7, the latest in Yamaha’s R-series range of bikes, that combines the perfect blend of agile handling and sports performance with everyday fun. That is not all, though, as the second and third-placed riders will also win vouchers for GYTR performance parts that can be redeemed from their local Yamaha GYTR PRO Shop.

The SuperFinale will form an integral part of the WorldSBK race weekend, with the finalists getting a taste of what it is like to race on the world stage in front of the passionate Spanish fans at the iconic 5.077 km Motorland Aragón circuit close to Alcañiz.

Over the course of the weekend, the competitors will get to meet the current crop of Yamaha WorldSBK riders, including Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Official Team’s 2021 World Champion Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and 2020 Supersport World Champion Andrea Locatelli as well as GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s double Supersport World Champion Dominique Aegerter and 2020 Moto2 World Champion Remy Gardner.

In addition, they will have the opportunity to see what it takes to compete at the highest level by going behind the scenes and visiting the Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK and GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK pit boxes.

The contestants will arrive at the track on Thursday. After setting up in the exclusive R7 European SuperFinale Village, they will participate in the official Track Walk alongside the WorldSBK riders while receiving crucial advice about the technically demanding circuit from bLU cRU Rider Coach Lorenzo Alfonsi.

On Friday, they will hit the track for the first time with a 30-minute Free Practice session before a 30-minute Qualifying Session in the afternoon which will decide the all-important grid positions. They will then have two races to fight it out and prove their worth on Saturday, with 25 points on offer to the winner of each to determine the overall victor.

Both races will be broadcast live on the big screens around the WorldSBK paddock, while video highlights will be available on the Yamaha Racing YouTube channel. You can also follow all of the action over the race weekend via the Yamaha Racing website and social media channels. 

Director Marketing and Motorsport, Yamaha Motor Europe

Paolo Pavesio

“It is fantastic to see how the popularity of the national R7 Cups and Challenges in Europe has grown after such a successful inaugural season in 2022. The Yamaha R7 has proved to be a fun and exciting Supersport bike on which to compete, both for experienced campaigners and those new to the sport, whilst also improving accessibility by offering a cost-effective way for riders to experience the thrill of racing. At Aragón we will bring together the top riders from both Europe and Thailand to participate in the second edition of the R7 European SuperFinale, with the participants enjoying the unique opportunity to race alongside some of the biggest names in motorcycle racing. It will be an experience they’ll never forget and a memory that will live with them long after they hang up their leathers.”