1996 FIM Superbike European Championship
Rebranded as the Euro Open Championship for 1996 and under new management from Spanish promoter RPM Exclusivas, the European Superbike attracted a strong contingent of Spanish and Portuguese competitors who no longer had healthy Superbike championships in their home countries. Brothers and teammates Idalio and Eustáquio Gavira looked strong early on, though the latter lost significant points through crashes, and Ducati rider David Vázquez pressured Idalio throughout the year. A crash at Magny-Cours hurt Vázquez's chances but with Gavira carrying an injury into the final round he was still in contention, until a crash in warm-up and mechanical failure in the race handed Gavira the championship.
|1996-02-24||1||Jerez||Euro Open '96 Circuito de Jerez||GO!|
|1996-03-10||2||Cartagena||Euro Open '96 Circuito de Cartagena||GO!|
|1996-05-05||3||Albacete||Euro Open '96 Circuito de Albacete||GO!|
|1996-06-16||4||Braga||Euro Open '96 Circuito Vasco Sameiro||GO!|
|1996-07-28||5||Misano||Euro Open '96 Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica||GO!|
|1996-08-25||6||Most||Euro Open '96 Autodrom Most||GO!|
|1996-10-13||7||Magny-Cours||Euro Open '96 Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours||GO!|
|1996-10-27||8||Catalunya (Short)||Euro Open '96 Circuit de Catalunya||GO!|
Can You Help?
The following official data is currently missing:
1996-02-24 Jerez: Warm-Up, Entry list
1996-03-10 Cartagena: Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list
1996-05-05 Albacete: Warm-Up, Entry list
1996-06-16 Braga: Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list
1996-07-28 Misano: All sessions, Entry list
1996-08-25 Most: All sessions
1996-10-13 Magny-Cours: Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Entry list
1996-10-27 Catalunya (Short): All sessions, Entry list
Copies of any of this information would be greatly appreciated. If you have any additional information about this season's races or riders, please contact me!