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Ex-MotoGP rider Rabat completes WSBK switch with Barni Ducati

Departing MotoGP rider Tito Rabat has signed a one-year deal with Barni Ducati to switch to the World Superbike Championship in 2021.

Pedercini plans two-bike WSBK assault, signs Cresson

Pedercini Racing intends to field two Kawasakis in next year's World Superbike Championship, and has signed Loris Cresson as its first rider.

MotoGP exile Rabat set for WSBK switch with Barni Ducati

Tito Rabat is poised to switch to the World Superbike Championship with the Barni Ducati team in 2021 after being left without a seat in MotoGP.

World Superbike reveals new-look 2021 calendar

World Superbike has revealed a new-look 2021 calendar featuring no overseas races until October and a visit to Indonesia.

Davies joins Go Eleven Ducati for 2021 WSBK season

Ousted factory Ducati World Superbike rider Chaz Davies will continue to represent the Italian marque in the series next year with the satellite Go Eleven team.

BMW adds two satellite teams, signs Folger and Laverty

BMW has announced that it will add two satellite teams to its World Superbike roster in 2021, with ex-MotoGP riders Eugene Laverty and Jonas Folger signed as riders.

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.

Rea gives first reaction to 2021 Kawasaki after Jerez test

Jonathan Rea says the 2021-spec Kawasaki World Superbike challenger has left him "really satisfied" after sampling the new machine in this week's Jerez post-season test.

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.

Isaac Vinales lands Kawasaki WSBK ride for 2021

Isaac Vinales, the cousin of MotoGP star Maverick, will step up to World Superbike for the 2021 season with the Orelac Racing Kawasaki squad.

Estoril WSBK: Davies leads Ducati 1-2 in season finale

Chaz Davies capped off his stint as a factory Ducati rider with a fine victory in the final race of the 2020 World Superbike season at Estoril, leading a 1-2 for the Italian manufacturer.

Estoril WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Yamaha 1-2-3 in Superpole race

Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu scored his second successive victory in the Estoril season finale with a dominant performance in Sunday’s Superpole race.

Estoril WSBK: Rea seals record sixth title as Redding retires

Jonathan Rea clinched a record sixth World Superbike title with a fifth place finish in Race 1 at the Estoril decider, as Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu claimed his second victory of the season.

Estoril WSBK: Razgatlioglu takes pole, Rea and Redding crash

Toprak Razgatlioglu claimed a maiden World Superbike pole position in a dramatic Superpole session at Estoril, as Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding qualified near the back after suffering separate crashes.

Estoril WSBK: Redding tops practice ahead of decider

Ducati rider Scott Redding was fastest in both Friday practice sessions ahead of this weekend's World Superbike title decider at Estoril.

BMW in talks to add satellite team in 2021 WSBK season

BMW says it is talking to as many as three teams to run a satellite outfit in the World Superbike Championship in 2021.

Haslam retains Honda World Superbike seat for 2021

Leon Haslam will remain at the factory Honda World Superbike team for the 2021 season after being handed a fresh contract extension.

Rinaldi replaces Davies in Ducati's 2021 WSBK line-up

Michael Ruben Rinaldi will replace Chaz Davies in Ducati’s factory line-up for the 2021 World Superbike line-up, it has been announced.

Granado to make World Superbike debut with Honda

Sometime Moto2 racer and MotoE race winner Eric Granado will make his World Superbike debut this weekend at Estoril on a MIE Racing Honda.

Morais to make Kawasaki WSBK return at Estoril

South African rider Sheridan Morais will make his first World Superbike appearance since 2016 in this weekend's Estoril season finale.

Yamaha announces 2021 World Superbike line-up

Yamaha has signed World Supersport champion Andrea Locatelli to partner Toprak Razgatlioglu for the 2021 World Superbike season.

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.

Sykes slams "reckless" Gerloff for eliminating both BMWs

Tom Sykes has hit out at GRT Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff for a “thoughtless and reckless” move that wiped out both BMWs at the start of the first World Superbike race at Magny-Cours.

Puccetti Kawasaki replaces Fores with Mahias for 2021

The Puccetti Kawasaki team has signed World Supersport champion Lucas Mahias for the 2021 World Superbike Championship, replacing Xavi Fores.

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.

Magny-Cours WSBK: Redding's win delays Rea's coronation

Scott Redding charged to victory in a wet World Superbike race at the Magny-Cours circuit on Sunday to take the championship fight to the final round of the season at Estoril.

Magny-Cours WSBK: Rea closes on title with Superpole win

Jonathan Rea moved one step closer to clinching his sixth World Superbike with a comfortable victory in a wet Superpole race at Magny-Cours on Sunday.

Magny-Cours WSBK: Rea wins, BMWs wiped out at start

Jonathan Rea held off Loris Baz to win the opening World Superbike race of the weekend at Magny-Cours, as the leading BMWs were wiped out in a start crash.

Magny-Cours WSBK: Laverty leads BMW 1-2 in qualifying

Former MotoGP rider Eugene Laverty led a shock 1-2 result for BMW in a wet qualifying session for the French round of the World Superbike championship at Magny-Cours.

Magny-Cours WSBK: Gerloff outpaces Rea in wet Friday practice

GRT Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff set the pace in wet Friday practice for the penultimate round of the World Superbike season at Magny-Cours, snatching the top spot at the last minute from Jonathan Rea.

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.

Barcelona WSBK: Ducati's Davies claims first victory of 2020

Ducati rider Chaz Davies became the seventh different rider to win a World Superbike race in the 2020 season after taking top honours in the final encounter of the weekend in Barcelona.

Barcelona WSBK: Van der Mark wins, Bautista crashes out

Michael van der Mark scored his maiden win of the 2020 World Superbike season in the Superpole race in Barcelona after Honda rider Alvara Bautista crashed out from the lead.

Barcelona WSBK: Rea eases to Barcelona Race 1 win

Jonathan Rea extended his World Superbike points advantage with a lights-to-flag victory in the championship's inaugural race at Barcelona.

Barcelona WSBK: Rea beats Razgatlioglu, Bautista to pole

Jonathan Rea claimed pole position for the Barcelona round of World Superbike Championship on Saturday, as his championship rival Scott Redding qualified on the third row of the grid.

Barcelona WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Yamaha 1-2-3 in practice

Toprak Razgatlioglu led a Yamaha 1-2-3 in Friday practice for the sixth round of the 2020 World Superbike season in Barcelona, as Ducati’s Scott Redding was only ninth-fastest.

Carrasco suffers broken vertebrae in testing crash

Ana Carrasco's hopes of contending for a second World Supersport 300 title have been dealt a heavy blow by a testing crash that left her with two broken vertebrae.

Melandri steps down from Barni Ducati WSBK ride

Marco Melandri has stepped down from his Barni Racing World Superbike ride after just four rounds with the satellite Ducati squad.

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.

Aragon WSBK: Rea makes late pass on Rinaldi to win

Jonathan Rea stretched his World Superbike championship lead with victory in the final race of this weekend's second Aragon round after a late pass on Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Aragon WSBK: Redding defeats Rea for Superpole race win

Scott Redding inflicted Jonathan Rea's first defeat in a Superpole race of the 2020 World Superbike season by grabbing victory in Sunday's first encounter of the day at Aragon.

Aragon WSBK: Rinaldi gets first win, Redding crashes

Michael Ruben Rinaldi secured his first World Superbike race victory with a dominating performance in the first race of the weekend at Aragon ahead of Jonathan Rea, as Scott Redding crashed out.

Aragon WSBK: Rea breaks lap record to claim pole

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea broke the Aragon lap record to claim pole position for the second of the two World Superbike rounds at the Spanish circuit.

Aragon WSBK: Rinaldi sweeps Friday practice sessions

Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi set the pace in Friday's two free practice sessions for this weekend's second Aragon World Superbike round.

MotoE champion Ferrari to make WSBK debut at Aragon

Reigning MotoE champion Matteo Ferrari will make his World Superbike debut in this weekend's second Aragon round, replacing the injured Leandro Mercado.

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.