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Sebastian Fränzschky

It was the wild 1990s when Sebastian developed a passion for motorsport on two wheels. During his Grand Prix visits, he watched the duels of Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz and other legends of the sport closely. It was during that time when Sebastian first fell in love. The legendary Ducati 916 with its sensual shapes and beguiling V2 sound magically attracted him from the very beginning. In the golden era of the World Superbike Championship, he cheered for Carl Fogarty and later Troy Bayliss. Before the start of the 2011 season, his leisure activity turned into profession. As a freelancer for Motorsport-Total.com, Sebastian initially started writing Formula 1 articles, but then returned to his original passion. He still has an intimate relationship with the World Superbike Championship in particular. On free weekends in summer, he likes to swap the keyboard for his own superbike and compete with other hobby racers at trackdays. Apart from that, Sebastian is an enthusiastic marathon runner and mountain biker.

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Denning doubts Suzuki will return to international racing

Suzuki may never return to international racing following its shock decision to quit MotoGP and the FIM Endurance World Championship at the end of the season, believes the marque's former team manager Paul Denning.

Does Ducati dominance threaten to undo WSBK's progress?

A thrilling three-way title battle in World Superbike has given way to a spell of Ducati and Alvaro Bautista dominance. And with an updated V4 R Panigale on the way for 2023, Sebastian Franzschky says series organisers need to come up with a way to restore healthy competition at the front of the field quickly.

Bassani explains triple WSBK penalty, apologises to Baz

Motocorsa Ducati rider Axel Bassani has explained how he ended up receiving three penalties during Sunday’s World Superbike race at Circuito San Juan Villicum.

World Superbike announces 'super concessions' system

World Superbike has announced a system of 'super concessions' that will allow struggling manufacturers to use special chassis parts.

Razgatlioglu will benefit from MotoGP wait, says Yamaha boss

Yamaha World Superbike team boss Paul Denning feels his rider Toprak Razgatlioglu could get an even better opportunity to race in MotoGP in 2024 after missing out on a chance to make the switch next year.

Honda 'realises how hard it will be' to win in WSBK again

Honda World Superbike team boss Leon Camier says the Japanese manufacturer is not placing any undue pressure on the team to end its six-year winless run as it understands how hard the championship has become.

Bautista: WSBK rivals forget my weight has its disadvantages

Alvaro Bautista says it is easy for his World Superbike Championship rivals to forget that his small physical stature brings with it certain disadvantages, explaining that he loses a chunk of time through corners.

Yamaha: Locatelli needs big result to restore confidence

Yamaha team boss Paul Denning feels Andrea Locatelli needs to secure a big result to regain his confidence and live up to his potential in the World Superbike Championship.

Rea feels "indebted" to Kawasaki after signing new WSBK deal

Jonathan Rea says feeling “indebted” to Kawasaki for helping him realise his childhood dream is partly what compelled him to sign a new two-year deal to remain with the Japanese manufacturer in the World Superbike Championship.

Honda rules out new WSBK homologation for 2023

Honda will not homologate an all-new bike for the 2023 World Superbike season as it continues to work on refining the "details" of its current Fireblade challenger.

Bautista thinks MotoGP talk distracted Razgatlioglu in WSBK

Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista believes talks of a potential MotoGP switch left Toprak Razgatlioglu distracted and compromised his start to the 2022 World Superbike Championship.

Honda set to keep current riders in '23, no room for Nakagami

Honda is poised to continue with both Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge for a second season in the World Superbike Championship in 2023, with the team ruling out freeing up a space to accommodate MotoGP rider Takaaki Nakagami.

Rinaldi dismisses talk Petrucci could take Ducati ride

Michael Ruben Rinaldi had dismissed suggestions he could be in danger of losing his Ducati World Superbike ride to ex-MotoGP racer Danilo Petrucci next year.

Sykes linked to potential WSBK comeback with Puccetti Kawasaki

Tom Sykes is eyeing a return to the World Superbike Championship next year and the Puccetti Kawasaki team could emerge as the most likely destination for the 2013 title winner.

Bautista anxious to clear "critical" calendar phase for Ducati

World Superbike points leader Alvaro Bautista says he is hoping to get through one more "critical" track for Ducati at Magny-Cours without losing major ground to his rivals after stretching his advantage last weekend at Most.

Redding doubted he would ever be so competitive on BMW

Scott Redding has admitted he had doubted his BMW World Superbike machine would ever reach its current level of competitiveness after scoring his first podium in a full-distance race last weekend at Most.

Rinaldi on Locatelli incident: "Some riders don't give a f***"

Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi has accused Andrea Locatelli of lacking “respect” for his rivals following a near miss on the warm-up lap of the first Most World Superbike race.

In-form Razgatlioglu thinks WSBK summer break is too long

Toprak Razgatlioglu has admitted to frustration with World Superbike's six-week summer break, which comes just as the Yamaha rider has hit his best form.

Rea "so stressed" battling Kawasaki's Most disadvantage

Jonathan Rea admits he was "so stressed" trying to make up for his Kawasaki's disadvantage on acceleration in last weekend's Most World Superbike round, as he went without a race victory for the third weekend in succession.

Rea says Lowes crew way of working "hard to understand"

Jonathan Rea has questioned why there is such a big difference in the set-up philosophies within the Kawasaki World Superbike garage, amid teammate Alex Lowes' struggles to match the established frontrunners.

Lowes says confidence "slowly coming back" in WSBK

Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes feels he is slowly regaining confidence in the World Superbike Championship this year after a troubled 2021 campaign riddled by injuries.

Super-sub Fores feels he showed he still belongs in WSBK

Xavi Fores believes his performances in his last-minute World Superbike appearance for the GoEleven Ducati team last month at Estoril show he still deserves a place in the series.

Redding: Mikhalchik not the right choice for BMW substitute

Scott Redding feels BMW bringing back Ilya Mikhalchik to replace the injured Michael van der Mark would not be the right choice for its World Superbike programme.

Rea hopes Razgatlioglu can prove WSBK's level in MotoGP

Jonathan Rea feels World Superbike rival Toprak Razgatlioglu could be a great endorsement of the championship's competitiveness if the Yamaha star makes the rumoured switch to MotoGP next year.

Bautista: Top speed advantage masking Ducati's WSBK weaknesses

Alvaro Bautista says the straightline speed advantage of Ducati's World Superbike challenger gives a false impression about the Panigale V4 R's competitiveness.

Redding hindered by mid-weekend BMW changes at Estoril

Scott Redding lamented a misstep in direction with the set-up of his BMW M1000R after struggling to 11th in the final World Superbike race at Estoril, saying the changes "hindered" him.

Honda's Lecuona almost gave up after losing front mudguard

Honda World Superbike rider Iker Lecuona admits he nearly pulled into the pits to retire from the final race of last weekend's Estoril round after his CBR1000RR-R bizarrely shed its front mudguard on the warm-up lap.

Razgatlioglu "very surprised" with Race 2 woes amid win drought

Toprak Razgatlioglu says he was “very surprised” to struggle for pace in the final race at Estoril, as he continues to chase a first win of the 2022 World Superbike season.

Rea thought he "f***ed it" in final corner of Estoril finale

Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea admits he feared had undone all his good work when he suffered a major slide entering the final corner in Sunday’s World Superbike race at Estoril.

Redding urges BMW WSBK team to trust his feedback more

Scott Redding has urged the BMW World Superbike team to "trust" his feedback more instead of pursuing an overly data-driven approach towards the improvement of its M1000RR challenger.

BMW not as far behind as it seems, says Kawasaki's Lowes

BMW is not far behind its World Superbike rivals as the results in the opening two rounds of the season make it appear, believes Kawasaki's Alex Lowes.

Lecuona: First WSBK podium "important" after KTM MotoGP woes

New Honda recruit Iker Lecuona says his maiden World Superbike podium at Assen is “very important” for his morale following a bruising two-year stint in MotoGP.

Redding: "Nothing changed" for BMW despite Assen top-five

Scott Redding insists his fifth-place finish in the final World Superbike race at Assen shouldn’t be seen as a turnaround for BMW, saying ‘nothing has changed’ for the German marque.

Bautista: Razgatlioglu, Rea were always going to crash eventually

Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista has given his take on World Superbike rivals Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea crashing out at Assen, saying it was inevitable the pair would eventually collide given their tough battles.

Rea, Razgatlioglu at odds over controversial Assen WSBK crash

Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu disagreed over who was to blame for the crash that wiped both riders out of the final World Superbike race at Assen on Sunday.

Bautista sympathises with Redding's BMW struggles

Alvaro Bautista says he can sympathise with the struggles that Scott Redding is enduring in World Superbike following the Briton's move from Ducati to BMW.

Razgatlioglu could return to 2021-spec Yamaha WSBK bike

Reigning World Superbike champion Toprak Razgatlioglu is mulling a switch to last year’s Yamaha R1 at Assen as he is not completely happy with the behaviour of the marque’s 2022-spec bike. 

Rea doesn't fear repeat of Bautista's early 2019 dominance

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea feels the gap to Alvaro Bautista is much smaller this year compared to 2019, despite the Ducati rider taking a double win in the Aragon World Superbike round.

Bautista: Ducati WSBK partnership stronger now than in 2019

Alvaro Bautista says both he and Ducati are in better shape in 2022 than they were during their previous spell together three years ago, after a successful reunion at last weekend’s Aragon World Superbike season opener.

Redding says current form on BMW WSBK bike "hard to accept"

Scott Redding has described his nightmare start to the 2022 World Superbike season with BMW as “hard to accept”, saying he was baffled by a lack of pace in Aragon.

BMW didn't make "the step we needed", admits Redding

BMW rider Scott Redding admits that he didn't make the "big step we needed" in this week's Aragon World Superbike test as he gears up for his first races with the German marque this weekend.

Bautista's pace "very close" to Rea, Razgatlioglu in WSBK

Alvaro Bautista is hopeful that he will be in the hunt in this weekend’s World Superbike season opener at Aragon, citing his speed being “very close” to Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu in testing.

Rea feels 2022-spec Kawasaki "definitely a step forward"

Jonathan Rea says that his 2022-spec Kawasaki ZX-10RR is "definitely a step forward" as he seeks to reclaim the World Superbike title this year.

Sykes set for Ducati BSB move as Pedercini WSBK talks falter

Tom Sykes is poised for a return to the British Superbike championship after all in 2022 despite speculation linking him to a World Superbike stay with Pedercini Kawasaki.

Rea: Seamless transition from WSBK to MotoGP now impossible

Jonathan Rea believes the days of riders making a seamless switch from World Superbikes to MotoGP are over, amid speculation of title rival Toprak Razgatlioglu making the move in 2023.

Why Kawasaki feels it’s “logical” Yamaha is now ahead

The fact Yamaha has surpassed Kawasaki in terms of having the best bike on the World Superbike grid in 2021 is “logical and normal”, says Jonathan Rea’s crew chief Pere Riba.

Baz set for full-time WSBK return in 2022 after all
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Baz set for full-time WSBK return in 2022 after all

Loris Baz appears set to return to World Superbike full-time in 2022 after announcing he will not return to MotoAmerica next year.

Bautista: Honda progress, not beating BMW, the priority

Honda World Superbike rider Alvaro Bautista says he is not thinking about trying to beat BMW in the manufacturer' standings, placing more importance on the struggling Japanese marque's progress.

Oettl in the frame for 2022 World Superbike promotion

Sometime Moto3 race winner Philipp Oettl is in the frame for a step up from World Supersport to World Superbike for the 2022 season.

Redding aiming "to pick up the pieces" in WSBK title battle

Scott Redding feels he is in a prime position to “pick up the pieces” should World Superbike title rivals Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu suffer more crashes in the final two rounds of the season.

Gerloff takes no satisfaction from improved Portimao form

Garrett Gerloff says his first top-five World Superbike finish in three months gives him little satisfaction, bemoaning an error that stopped him from finishing even higher up the order at Portimao.

Rea's 24-point deficit to Razgatlioglu "feels like nothing"

Jonathan Rea says his 24-point deficit to Toprak Razgatlioglu in the World Superbike standings feels like "nothing", having trailed by more than double that amount after his two Portimao crashes.

Van der Mark: Dry-weather BMW win would be "real story"

Michael van der Mark has downplayed the significance of scoring BMW's first World Superbike race win for eight years, saying a dry-weather victory for the marque would be the "real story".

Razgatlioglu unmoved by Rea criticism: "Maybe he is scared" Algarve
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Razgatlioglu unmoved by Rea criticism: "Maybe he is scared"

Toprak Razgatlioglu says he is unmoved by the criticism of his aggressive riding style made by World Superbike title rival Jonathan Rea last weekend at Portimao.

Baz loses Portimao podium for causing Bautista crash Algarve
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Baz loses Portimao podium for causing Bautista crash

Loris Baz has been stripped of his podium finish in the final race of last weekend's Portimao World Superbike race following a penalty for causing Alvaro Bautista to crash.

Frustrated Rea ready to step up aggression against Razgatlioglu Algarve
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Frustrated Rea ready to step up aggression against Razgatlioglu

Jonathan Rea says he is prepared to step up his aggression battling World Superbike title rival Toprak Razgatlioglu after crashing out of Saturday's opening race at Portimao.

Folger, Bonovo BMW to miss final two WSBK rounds
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Folger, Bonovo BMW to miss final two WSBK rounds

BMW’s satellite outfit MGM Bonovo will skip World Superbike’s flyaway races in Argentina and Indonesia, making this weekend’s Portimao round its final appearance of the season.

Yamaha: Nozane deserves "another chance" in WSBK next year

Yamaha has indicated it is prepared to give Kohta Nozane another season to prove himself in World Superbike next year after a bruising first year on the global stage for the Japanese rider.

New rules could "destroy" World Supersport, says team boss
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New rules could "destroy" World Supersport, says team boss

A leading World Supersport team boss has warned that the World Superbike support class risks being “destroyed” by new rules intended to open up the series to more bikes in 2022.

Sykes likely to leave WSBK and return to BSB in 2022
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Sykes likely to leave WSBK and return to BSB in 2022

Tom Sykes appears likely to move to the British Superbike championship for the 2022 season, having seemingly run out of options to stay in World Superbike.