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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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Redding says Most track not up to WSBK safety standards

Ducati World Superbike rider Scott Redding has voiced safety concerns ahead of the championship's first visit to Autodrom Most this weekend.

Bautista can't see Honda finishing on WSBK podium in 2021

Alvaro Bautista says he doesn’t expect Honda to be in a position to challenge for World Superbike podium positions as the Japanese manufacturer’s struggles with the Fireblade continue into 2021.

Davies explains "big turnaround" in WSBK form at Assen

Chaz Davies says he feels he made a "big turnaround" in the final race of last weekend's Assen World Superbike round following a difficult run of form with his injured shoulder.

Locatelli surprised to score first WSBK podium at Assen

Yamaha rookie Andrea Locatelli says he never expected to score his first World Superbike podium finish at Assen after leading the first half of the weekend's final race ahead of Jonathan Rea.

Rea, Redding accuse Gerloff of lack of respect after Turn 1 crash Assen
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Rea, Redding accuse Gerloff of lack of respect after Turn 1 crash

Yamaha World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff has been accused of a lack of respect after causing the Turn 1 collision that eliminated Toprak Razgatlioglu from Sunday's final race of the weekend at Assen.

Folger, Mahias sidelined for Sunday Assen WSBK races Assen
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Folger, Mahias sidelined for Sunday Assen WSBK races

Jonas Folger and Lucas Mahias have both been ruled out of Sunday's World Superbike races at Assen following their crashes during Saturday's opening race at the Dutch circuit.

Rea not ruling out potential MotoGP 2022 switch

Reigning six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has responded to links to Petronas SRT in MotoGP in 2022, stating “never say never” despite having a multi-year Kawasaki WSBK deal.

Honda suffering from 'unrealistic expectations' in WSBK
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Honda suffering from 'unrealistic expectations' in WSBK

Honda World Superbike team boss Leon Camier says the marque has suffered from “unrealistic” expectations as its struggles in the championship continue.

'Not too late' for Razgatlioglu MotoGP move - Yamaha boss

Yamaha World Superbike team boss Paul Denning is adamant that it’s not too late for his lead rider Toprak Razgatlioglu to make the move to MotoGP in future.

Ducati facing development "handicap" in World Superbike

Ducati is facing a development "handicap" against its World Superbike rivals with the current restrictive technical regulations, believes team manager Marco Zambenedetti.

Gerloff focused on WSBK “to earn an opportunity” in MotoGP

Garrett Gerloff says he remains focused on his World Superbike campaign with Yamaha in 2021 in order “to earn an opportunity” to race in MotoGP full-time in 2022.

New Yamaha World Superbike model ‘unlikely in short term’

Yamaha World Superbike boss Paul Denning says it’s unlikely that a new Yamaha base model will be introduced any time soon, despite the age of the R1 platform.

Baz move shows MotoAmerica's level, says Gerloff

World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff believes that Loris Baz’s move to MotoAmerica this year shows the high level of the domestic American Superbike championship.

Redding hints at Ducati concept weakness versus Kawasaki

Scott Redding believes Ducati’s inability to perform consistently at all World Superbike tracks could be down to the Panigale V4 R having a conceptual weakness compared to the Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

Honda WSBK's challenger losing time "in all areas"

Honda's World Superbike challenger is losing out to its rivals "in all areas" and there is no one single focus for future improvement, according to Alvaro Bautista.

WSBK stars blast yellow flag rule for "ruining" qualifying

Leading World Superbike riders Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies have lashed out at the new yellow flag rule for “ruining” qualifying for the second round of the season at Estoril.

Razgatlioglu "doesn't understand" jump-start penalty

Yamaha World Superbike rider Toprak Razgatlioglu says he "doesn't understand" why he was given a double long-lap penalty in the final race of the weekend at Estoril after he jumped the start.

Rea: Estoril no longer a "bogey" track after wins

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says Estoril is no longer his “bogey” track after scoring a brace of wins at the Portuguese track on Sunday.

Redding “pissed off with myself” after costly Estoril crash

Scott Redding admits he wasn’t patient enough in his battle for victory with Jonathan Rea as he crashed out of the final race of the Estoril World Superbike weekend.

Sykes: BMW pace "completely different" to last year

One-time World Superbike champion Tom Sykes has praised BMW for the jump in performance it has made with the introduction of the new M1000RR bike at Aragon.

Lowes glad to put 2020 slump behind him with triple podium

Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes says he had a ‘big smile on his face’ after starting the 2021 World Superbike season with a triple podium finish at Aragon, following a largely disappointing 2020 campaign.

Ducati 'raised eyebrows' at Redding slick tyre call Aragon
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Ducati 'raised eyebrows' at Redding slick tyre call

Ducati World Superbike rider Scott Redding says his team "raised their eyebrows" when he told them he wanted to use slick tyres ahead of his victory in the final race of the weekend at Aragon.

Gerloff “frustrated" after clash with WSBK race leader Rea

GRT Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff says he is “frustrated” with himself and has apologised to Jonathan Rea after the two came together while battling for victory in the Aragon World Superbike season opener.

Davies: Ducati not putting enough effort into WSBK programme Aragon
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Davies: Ducati not putting enough effort into WSBK programme

Chaz Davies feels Ducati didn’t put enough effort into its World Superbike programme over the winter following a lacklustre showing in the opening race of 2021 at Aragon.

Rea “very frustrated” at WSBK rev limit imposed on Kawasaki Aragon
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Rea “very frustrated” at WSBK rev limit imposed on Kawasaki

Reigning six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says Kawasaki’s rev limit of 14600rpm imposed on it for the start of the 2021 season is “very frustrating”.

Bautista unsure improved Honda ready to win races

Alvaro Bautista is unsure Honda's World Superbike project is ready to win races despite the improvements made to the Fireblade ahead of this weekend's Aragon curtain-raiser.

Sykes: 'Unfair' to compare BMW development with Kawasaki

Tom Sykes says it is “not fair” to compare BMW’s current World Superbike results with that of Kawasaki’s during its rebuilding years in the early 2010s.

BMW has made "big step" in top speed with 2021 WSBK bike

BMW has made major strides in overcoming a top speed deficit with its new World Superbike Championship contender in 2021, according to the marque’s motorsport director Marc Bongers.

Lowes injures shoulder in crash, will miss WSBK test

Kawasaki World Superbike rider Alex Lowes has injured his shoulder in a flat track training crash and will miss a test at Jerez this week as a result.

Rea wants dropped scores in WSBK during pandemic

Jonathan Rea wants the World Superbike Championship to introduce a dropped scores system as a temporary measure to cover off the risk of riders missing races due to contracting coronavirus.

Camier: Racing had "lost meaning" after recurring injuries

World Superbike veteran-turned team manager Leon Camier has admitted that he lost the motivation to continue racing at the top level after a series of injuries in the last three years.

Rea 'one of the top five in the world', says crew chief

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea should be ranked as "one of the five best riders in the world", including MotoGP riders, believes his Kawasaki crew chief Pere Riba.

Bautista: Kawasaki treating WSBK like it's MotoGP

Alvaro Bautista says Kawasaki has the luxury of being able to treat its World Superbike project with the same level of dedication that rival manufacturers commit to their MotoGP bikes.

Razgatlioglu says 2021 Yamaha will be "very strong"

Toprak Razgatlioglu expects next year's Yamaha R1 to be “very strong” after testing some parts of the Japanese marque’s 2021 World Superbike challenger in Jerez.

Yamaha explains why Gerloff didn't get factory WSBK seat

Yamaha has explained why it didn’t promote Garrett Gerloff to its factory World Superbike team for 2021, despite the American rider’s impressive run of form in his rookie season.

Yamaha: Van der Mark made "wrong decision" to join BMW

Yamaha believes Michael van der Mark made the “wrong decision” to leave the Japanese manufacturer and join BMW for the 2021 World Superbike season.

Rinaldi knows late-season form "not enough" for Ducati

Michael Ruben Rinaldi admits that his late-season World Superbike form will not be good enough to satisfy Ducati's expectations next year, when he moves up to the factory team.

Bautista liked "nothing" about Honda during early tests

Alvaro Bautista has admitted that he liked "nothing" about Honda's new World Superbike challenger when he first rode it and was worried that he made a bad choice to leave Ducati.

Davies: "Impossible" not to take Ducati exit personally

Chaz Davies says it is “impossible” not to take Ducati’s decision to drop him from its World Superbike line-up personally, after a seven-year stint with the Bologna marque.

Baz casts doubt on Ten Kate's World Superbike future

Loris Baz says that far from having signed a deal to stay at Ten Kate Racing in World Superbike next season, he isn't certain the Yamaha satellite team will even be on the grid.

Redding questions Ducati's decision to replace Davies

Scott Redding has questioned the wisdom of the Ducati World Superbike team's decision to replace Chaz Davies with Michael Ruben Rinaldi for the 2021 season.

Rea "couldn't imagine" sixth title at start of season

Jonathan Rea says he "couldn't imagine" winning his sixth consecutive World Superbike crown after a poor start to the season and a calendar he feels didn't play to the strengths of his Kawasaki bike.

Davies touched by Ducati tributes ahead of farewell win

Chaz Davies says he was left feeling emotional by the tributes paid by his Ducati mechanics after he ended a seven-year World Superbike stint with the marque with victory at Estoril.

Davies wants Ducati to recognise bike development role

Chaz Davies feels Ducati should recognise the role he has played in turning the Italian marque into a World Superbike title contender when deciding its rider line-up for the 2021 season.

Redding wanted to "prove a point" with Magny-Cours win

Ducati rider Scott Redding says he “wanted to prove a point” by defeating Jonathan Rea in a straight fight and winning the final World Superbike race at Magny-Cours.

Rea explains Magny-Cours pace dip that delayed title triumph

Jonathan Rea believes a lack of standing water on track caused him to slip from first to fourth in the second World Superbike race at Magny-Cours, postponing his title coronation until Estoril.

Rea "praying" for new Kawasaki WSBK model in 2021

Jonathan Rea says he is "praying" for a new Kawasaki World Superbike base model next season that will allow him to keep up with the championship's newer machinery.

Davies: "I deserve better" than satellite Ducati ride

Chaz Davies insists he isn't interested in a satellite Ducati World Superbike ride in 2021, and feels he "deserves better" following his victory in last weekend's Barcelona round.

Haslam suggests Honda future hinges on WSBK status

Leon Haslam has suggested his future within the Honda World Superbike stable hinges on what form the championship takes next year.

Lowes "not happy" with post-lockdown WSBK form

One-time World Superbike points leader Alex Lowes admits his recent form has been "disappointing", having failed to finish on the podium since the series resumed after the COVID-19 pause.

Redding feels he is “just surviving" after Aragon crash

Scott Redding admits he feels he and the factory Ducati World Superbike team are "just surviving, not swimming" after conceding considerable ground in the title race last weekend at Aragon.

Rinaldi "deserves" factory Ducati promotion, says Rea

World Superbike's newest race winner Michael Ruben Rinaldi "deserves" a step up to the factory Ducati team next year, believes Jonathan Rea.

Baz reveals talks about factory Yamaha WSBK move

Loris Baz is in talks about a move to Yamaha's factory World Superbike team, but is also considering staying at the satellite Ten Kate squad.

Honda still chasing "real target" after Aragon podium

Alvaro Bautista says the Honda World Superbike team is still chasing its "real target" of a victory after recording the marque's first podium finish of its works comeback at Aragon last weekend.

Redding: Fourth place at Aragon "not acceptable"

Scott Redding has labelled his ride to fourth place in Sunday's final race of the Aragon World Superbike round as "unacceptable" as he conceded the lead of the championship to Jonathan Rea.

Redding relieved to get "tough" Portimao weekend over with

Scott Redding says he is relieved after a “tough” World Superbike Championship weekend at Portimao, having secured a podium at a track that didn’t suit the strengths of the Ducati.

Davies "not wedded" to staying at Ducati in 2021

Chaz Davies admits he is “looking at other options” for the 2021 World Superbike season while he waits for Ducati to begin renewal negotiations.

Bautista: Honda needs new parts to escape slump

Alvaro Bautista has admitted that the Honda World Superbike team is nearing the limit of the performance it can achieve without new parts to resolve the all-new Fireblade's turning woes.

Rea will "try to forget" after worst-ever Kawasaki finish

Reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he will "try to forget" the final race of the Jerez weekend as he laboured to sixth place, his worst-ever finish as a Kawasaki rider.

Redding wanted to "prove a point" in Jerez finale

Scott Redding says he wanted to "prove a point" with his early pass on Jonathan Rea in Sunday's Jerez World Superbike finale, as he scored his first victories in the series for Ducati.