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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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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.

Pirro thinks Honda may be behind wildcard ban

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro says the ban on MotoGP wildcards this season is unfair, and suspects the decision could be related to Honda not wanting Jorge Lorenzo to race a Yamaha.

Davies: Redding's size a "big advantage" for me

Chaz Davies says having Scott Redding as his teammate in Ducati's factory World Superbike operation will be a "big advantage" because the two British riders are a similar weight and height to each other.

BMW MotoGP entry 'wouldn't be worth the effort'

The head of BMW's motorcycle division believes that a MotoGP project would not justify the extra effort required compared to its existing World Superbike team.

Aprilia should have stayed in WSBK - Melandri

Aprilia should have stayed in World Superbike instead of trying to tackle MotoGP, claims the Italian marque's former rider Marco Melandri.

Camier in "serious talks" to stay in WSBK

Leon Camier says he is in “serious talks” with a number of teams to remain in the World Superbike Championship in 2020, amid uncertainty regarding his Honda future.

Rea: 'Kawasaki killer' talk increased my motivation

Newly-crowned five-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has revealed that pre-season talk of Ducati's new bike being a 'Kawasaki killer' spurred him on throughout the 2019 campaign.

Bautista: Razgatlioglu's "mind was off" in crash Magny-Cours
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Bautista: Razgatlioglu's "mind was off" in crash

Alvaro Bautista says Toprak Razgatlioglu’s “mind was off” when he crashed and took the Ducati World Superbike rider out of race two in France.

Ducati hasn't updated V4 R all season - Bautista

Outgoing Ducati World Superbike rider Alvaro Bautista claims that the Italian manufacturer has not brought any meaningful updates to its Panigale V4 R challenger all season.

Haslam: WSBK will suit Redding better than BSB

Ducati's Scott Redding will have an easier time in World Superbike than in the British series because of his MotoGP background, believes reigning BSB champion Leon Haslam.

Rea defends Kawasaki after Razgatlioglu controversy

Jonathan Rea says he stands by Kawasaki's decision to bench Toprak Razgatlioglu during the Suzuka 8 Hours, even though this pushed the Turkish rider into severing ties with the marque.

Davies: "Timid" Bautista overreacted to Portugal run-in

Chaz Davies believes Ducati World Superbike teammate Alvaro Bautista overreacted to their Turn 1 clash in the opening race last weekend at Portimao, describing the Spaniard as "timid".

Lowes linked with Kawasaki switch for 2020

Alex Lowes has been linked to a factory Kawasaki World Superbike seat for 2020 in place of Leon Haslam, having lost his ride with the Crescent-run works Yamaha team.

Bautista left feeling “destroyed” after Portimao win

Alvaro Bautista admits he was “destroyed” after securing his World Superbike race two win in Portugal as he battled through an ongoing shoulder injury.

Bautista "lucky" not to crash after Davies lunge

Alvaro Bautista quipped he doesn’t “need enemies” with a teammate like Chaz Davies, after the erstwhile World Superbike points leader was forced off line at the start of Sunday's Portimao opener by Davies.

Bautista denies he left Ducati over money

Alvaro Bautista says his decision to leave the Ducati World Superbike team at the end of the season was not motivated by money, as suggested by team boss Paolo Ciabatti.

Yamaha splitting with Lowes "weird" - van der Mark

Michael van der Mark has described teammate Alex Lowes' impending split with the factory Yamaha World Superbike outfit as "a bit weird".

Sykes brands Donington Superpole race chaos a "joke"

BMW World Superbike rider Tom Sykes says the situation on track at Donington Park's Melbourne Loop which led to his crash and exclusion from the Superpole race was “a joke”.

Melandri wants "something big" to change on Yamaha

Marco Melandri says “something big” needs to change on his Yamaha World Superbike, following a tough start to the European leg of the 2019 campaign.

Ten Kate "working hard" on 2019 WSBK comeback

Longtime Honda squad Ten Kate Racing is "working hard" on a comeback to the World Superbike championship as early as this season.

Fogarty urges WSBK to "bin" custom electronics

The World Superbike championship needs to "bin" custom electronics to improve the racing, according to four-time series champion Carl Fogarty.

Rea didn't make most of MotoGP chance - Fogarty

Jonathan Rea didn't make the most of his chance in MotoGP when he made two starts for the factory Honda team in 2012, believes fellow four-time World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty.

Bautista the only rider who can beat Rea - Fogarty

MotoGP convert Alvaro Bautista is the only rider who can hope to beat Jonathan Rea in World Superbike next season, believes four-time series champion Carl Fogarty.

Rea: I could've done better than Crutchlow in MotoGP

Four-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he could “do better” than Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP if offered the chance, but insists he is not “jealous” of the LCR Honda rider.

Kyalami set to return to WSBK calendar in 2019

South African venue Kyalami is set to rejoin the World Superbike schedule for the first time in nearly a decade next season.

Mid-season Kawasaki 'transformation' key to title - Rea

Newly-crowned four-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says a mid-season test at Brno “transformed” his Kawasaki into a true title contender, after it had “survived” tough opening rounds.

Rea: I'm not at fault for state of World Superbike

Jonathan Rea says he “shouldn't be blamed for the state” of World Superbike, following sporting director Gregorio Lavilla's claims his lack of charisma has contributed to the series' decline.