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Razgatlioglu completes Yamaha MotoGP test at Aragon

World Superbike champion Toprak Razgatlioglu completed his first day of testing on a Yamaha MotoGP bike at Motorland Aragon on Tuesday.

Ducati considering ex-MotoGP rider Petrucci for 2023 WSBK season

Ducati has revealed that it could place Danilo Petrucci in the World Superbike Championship in 2023, as it remains keen to retain the ex-MotoGP rider in its ranks for another year.

Razgatlioglu: First win of 2022 "incredible" but Ducati too quick

Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu has described his first victory of the 2022 World Superbike season in the Misano Superpole race as “incredible”, but felt that Ducati was otherwise too quick over the weekend.

Rea "frustrated" after struggling for pace in Misano WSBK

Jonathan Rea admitted that a lack of pace left him “frustrated” at Misano after struggling to keep up with World Superbike title rivals Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu last weekend.

Bautista prepared for 'his turn to suffer' amid purple patch in WSBK

Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista says he is aware that his early run of success in the 2022 World Superbike season will eventually end and that he must be prepared for his "turn to suffer".

Honda WSBK rider Vierge suffers multiple fractures in Misano crash

Honda rider Xavi Vierge has been diagnosed with multiple fractures following a high-speed crash in last weekend’s final World Superbike Championship race at Misano and will undergo a surgery on Thursday.

Misano WSBK: Bautista outduels Razgatlioglu to win again

Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista overcame a stern challenge from Yamaha rival Toprak Razgatlioglu to claim his second victory of the Misano World Superbike weekend and extend his lead in the riders’ standings.

Misano WSBK: Razgatlioglu ends victory drought in Superpole race

Yamaha’s Torpak Razgatlioglu scored his first win of the 2022 World Superbike Championship season with a dominant performance in the Superpole race at Misano.

Misano WSBK: Bautista wins opener, Razgatlioglu retires

Alvaro Bautista defeated Jonathan Rea in a thrilling duel to claim victory for Ducati in the opening World Superbike race at Misano, while defending champion Toprak Razgatlioglu retired with a mechanical problem.

Misano WSBK: Bautista scores Ducati's first 2022 pole

Alvaro Bautista scored his first pole position in the World Superbike Championship since returning to Ducati this year, beating both Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea in Saturday’s qualifying session at Misano.

Misano WSBK: Bautista leads the way for Ducati in Friday practice

Alvaro Bautista set the pace for Ducati in Friday practice ahead of the fourth round of the 2022 World Superbike season at Misano.

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.

Rabat to replace injured Mahias in Misano WSBK

Former MotoGP rider Tito Rabat will return to the World Superbike Championship this weekend at Misano to replace injured racer Lucas Mahias at the Puccetti Kawasaki team.

Haslam drops out of Misano World Superbike round

Leon Haslam will miss this weekend's Misano round of the World Superbike championship owing to his Suzuka 8 Hours commitments for Kawasaki.

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.

Yamaha rules out Razgatlioglu MotoGP move for 2023

Yamaha has ruled out a move to MotoGP for World Superbike star Toprak Razgatlioglu in 2023 following the marque's split with satellite partner RNF Racing for next year.

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.

Estoril WSBK: Rea outduels Bautista to win thrilling finale

Jonathan Rea won a thrilling final World Superbike race of the weekend at Estoril with a brave pass on championship leader Alvaro Bautista on the final lap.

Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Razgatlioglu to win on last lap

Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea passed reigning World Superbike champion Toprak Razgatlioglu on the last lap to claim victory in Sunday’s Superpole race at Estoril. 

Estoril WSBK: Rea beats lap record for first pole of 2022

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea smashed the Estoril lap record to claim his first pole position of the 2022 World Superbike season, beating title rivals Toprak Razgatlioglu and Alvaro Bautista in Saturday qualifying.

Oettl suffers collarbone fracture in Estoril WSBK crash

Go Eleven Ducati rider Philipp Oettl has been diagnosed with a fracture on his right collarbone following a crash in second practice for the Estoril World Superbike round.

Estoril WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Bautista in Friday practice

Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu set the quickest time across the two World Superbike practice sessions at Estoril on Friday, leading championship leader Alvaro Bautista of Ducati.

Fracture forces van der Mark to sit out Estoril WSBK weekend

BMW rider Michael van der Mark will take no further part in the Estoril round of the World Superbike Championship after suffering a fracture in first practice on Friday.

Rea: No ill feeling with Razgatlioglu after Assen collision

Jonathan Rea insists there is no “ill feeling” between he and World Superbike title rival Toprak Razgatlioglu after the pair collided while disputing the lead last month at Assen.

Fritz gets Motoxracing Yamaha WSBK call-up for Estoril

Yamaha FIM Endurance World Championship regular Marvin Fritz will take part in this weekend's World Superbike round at Estoril in place of an injured Roberto Tamburini.

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.

Isaac Vinales returns to WSBK grid at Estoril with Pedercini

Isaac Vinales will return to the World Superbike Championship for the third round of the 2022 season at Estoril on May 20-22, joining the one-bike Pedercini Kawasaki team.

Razgatlioglu's manager "disappointed" with start to WSBK title defence

Toprak Razgatlioglu’s manager Kenan Sofuoglu is “disappointed” with the Turkish rider’s start to the 2022 World Superbike season, but is confident that he will bounce back at the next round in Estoril.

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.

Assen WSBK: Bautista wins final race as Rea, Razgatlioglu collide

Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista won a dramatic final race of the Assen World Superbike weekend that saw Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea come to blows while battling for the lead.

Assen WSBK: Rea claims 100th race win for Kawasaki

Jonathan Rea claimed a historic 100th World Superbike win as a Kawasaki rider after beating Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista in a shortened Superpole race at Assen.

Assen WSBK: Rea holds on from Bautista for victory

Jonathan Rea scored his second win of the World Superbike season at Assen after coming out on top in a thrilling three-way scrap against Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Assen WSBK: Razgatlioglu claims pole by nearly half a second

Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu dominated qualifying for the Assen round of the World Superbike Championship, taking pole position by nearly half a second over Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes.

BMW rider Laverty out of Assen WSBK round due to injury

Bonovo MGM BMW rider Eugene Laverty will take no further part in this weekend’s World Superbike event at Assen after sustaining an injury during practice.

Assen WSBK: Bautista leads Friday practice for Ducati

Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista set the pace in Friday practice for the second World Superbike round of the season at Assen, beating reigning champion Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea to the top spot.

Haslam to make early World Superbike return at Assen

Leon Haslam will contest this weekend’s World Superbike round at Assen for Pedercini following the Kawasaki satellite outfit’s split with Loris Cresson.

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.

Pedercini Kawasaki WSBK team parts ways with Cresson

The Pedercini Kawasaki World Superbike team has parted ways with rider Loris Cresson ahead of this weekend's Assen round.

BMW's van der Mark to make Assen WSBK return after injury

BMW rider Michael van der Mark will return to action at this weekend’s second World Superbike round of 2022 at Assen, subject to medical clearance.

British Superbike champion Mackenzie's WSBK debut thwarted by injury

Reigning British Superbike champion Tarran Mackenzie’s planned World Superbike debut as a wildcard at Assen has been postponed until later in the year due to a pre-season injury.

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.

Aragon WSBK: Bautista scores back-to-back wins for Ducati

Ducati returnee Alvaro Bautista romped to a second consecutive World Superbike victory of the weekend at Aragon, beating the Kawasaki of six-time champion Jonathan Rea.

Aragon WSBK: Bautista wins Superpole race on Ducati return

Alvaro Bautista claimed a dominant victory in the first Superpole race of the 2022 World Superbike season at Aragon, ending a two-year victory drought in the championship.

Aragon WSBK: Rea beats Bautista to win in last-lap thriller

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea pipped Alvaro Bautista by just 0.101s in an nail-biting duel to begin his 2022 World Superbike campaign with a victory at Aragon.

Aragon WSBK: Razgatlioglu edges out Bautista to pole by 0.006s

Toprak Razgatlioglu narrowly defeated Alvaro Bautista to take pole position for the 2022 World Superbike curtain-raiser at Aragon, as Jonathan Rea had to settle for third.

Aragon WSBK: Rea beats Bautista, Razgatlioglu in practice

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea carried his pre-season testing form into the opening round of the 2022 World Superbike season at Aragon, topping Friday practice ahead of Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista.