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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.
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.
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 has announced a system of 'super concessions' that will allow struggling manufacturers to use special chassis parts.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alvaro Bautista says the straightline speed advantage of Ducati's World Superbike challenger gives a false impression about the Panigale V4 R's competitiveness.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loris Baz appears set to return to World Superbike full-time in 2022 after announcing he will not return to MotoAmerica next year.
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.
Sometime Moto3 race winner Philipp Oettl is in the frame for a step up from World Supersport to World Superbike for the 2022 season.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.