WSBK: The 2021 MOTUL FIM World Superbikes Championship Announces its 2021 Line-Up.
The 2021 MOTUL FIM World Superbike Series Will Feature 24 Riders Covering Five Different Manufacturers, With Only Two Seats Left Up for Grabs.
Championship winning Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK keeps current champion Jonathan Rea, who will be aiming for a seventh WorldSBK Title, alongside Jonathan will be his 2020 team-mate, Alex Lowes. The team will be featuring the all-new ZX10RR for their championship campaign. TPR Team Pedercini Racing will be riding the all-new ZX10RR with Loris Cresson and Samuel Cavalier onboard the latest machinery. The Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Team have promoted Lucas Mahias to the class from WorldSSP; Isaac Viñales will ride the sixth and final ZX10RR for the Orelac VerdNatura Team.
Ducati’s championship title hunt for 2021 will consist of Aruba.It Racing Ducati Team, with Scott Redding being signed for another season alongside the Italian rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Britain’s Chaz Davies moves to Team GoEleven, whilst former Moto Grand Prix rider Tito Rabat rides for the Barni Racing Team. The youngest rider in the WorldSBK Paddock is 21-year-old Axel Bassani, riding for The Motocorsa Racing Team.
Toprak Razgatlioglu fields the PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Team alongside new team-mate reigning WorldSSP champion Andrea Locatelli. The GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team retain Garrett Gerloff for another season, with Japanese Champion Kohta Nozane joining the American rider. Yamaha’s final team is The Gil Motor Sport – Yamaha Team fielding Christophe Ponsson.
The Honda rider line-up remains the same as the 2020 season with Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista and Britain’s Leon Haslam. The manufacturer’s Independent Team will be MIE Racing Honda Team; the team will be fielding a two-bike rider team, both riders are yet to be announced. Honda has a new Racing Team manager for 2021; Britain’s and former Honda rider Leon Camier.
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team keep Britain’s Tom Sykes for his third consecutive season; he has an all-new team-mate, Michael Van der Mark. The BMW manufacturer will run two satellite teams for 2021 with Eugene Laverty riding for the RC Squadra Corse Team and Jonas Folger riding for Bonovo MGM Racing.
With 24 riders across five different manufacturers, the WorldSBK Championship looks to be one of the most spectacular yet! Round one is at the iconic TT Circuit Assen from the 23rd – 25th April.
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