Russia hosts Superbike Championship for the first time

Superbike World Championship riders, from left, Max Biaggi, of Aprilia Racing Team, Tom Sykes, of Kawasaki Racing Team, John Hopkins, of FIXI Crescent Suzuki, Carlos Checa, of Althea Racing Ducati, Leon Halsam, of BMW Motorrad Motorsport and Jonathan Rea, of Honda World Superbike Team, pose during a photo call atop a hotel roof in downtown Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Russia's first ever Superbike Championship event will take place this coming weekend.

Superbike World Championship riders, from left, Max Biaggi, of Aprilia Racing Team, Tom Sykes, of Kawasaki Racing Team, John Hopkins, of FIXI Crescent Suzuki, Carlos Checa, of Althea Racing Ducati, Leon Halsam, of BMW Motorrad Motorsport and Jonathan Rea, of Honda World Superbike Team, pose during a photo call atop a hotel roof in downtown Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Russia's first ever Superbike Championship event will take place this coming weekend. Source: AP Photo / Ivan Sekretarev.

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