Created by Italian game developers Milestone
is the Italian-located Autodromo Nazionale Monza track featured in SBK X
, the next iteration in the Superbike World Championship series racing game. For a good chunk of information and a bit of history on the track, read on. For a visual representation of the track, and the game itself, take a look just below at the newly released screenshots. The game releases on September 28th for the 360, PC and PS3.
For those of you who don’t follow European bike racing [of which I think a few of you might not], Autodromo Nazionale Monza
is one of the most historic racing circuits in the world. Originally constructed in 1922
[with a team of 3,500 workers!], it has withstood the test of time [with a little repaving] and has garnered the respect of many a Formula 1 racer. In 1990, the Superbike World Championship began using Monza
as one of their circuits.
FUN FACT! We Americans are familiar with Indy
racing; therefore we’re familiar with big ovals
made of asphalt. The defining features of a track are generally defined by the city they’re in, the grandstands, and not much else. But in European motorsport racing, tracks take on a much more complicated shape, sometimes doubling over on themselves, throwing chicanes out left and right, and certain turns and twists are actually named! Monza boasts the Variante Ascari
, the Curva di Lesmo
, the Curva Parabolica
, and the Curva del Serraglio
Autodromo Nazionale Monza is located in, aptly, Monza, Italy
. Right off the river Lambro
, Monza contains gorgeous scenery, and a breathtaking view of the mountains. Due to its location on the north side of town [in Villa Reale
park], much of this delightful panorama can be viewed [whipping by at speeds approaching 200 mph.]
For those not racing, the seating options available allow you vantages of all the most interesting parts of the track. The main grandstand
boasts air-conditioned box seating, allowing you to watch the race in comfort, and to be right there when the flag goes down!
Unfortunately, the track also holds a terrifying record
: 42 men have given their lives while competing on the track. If you include non-racers and non-race fatalities, the number skyrockets to 88. This is a track one must take very seriously, otherwise dire consequences