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Czech Republic added to WSBK calendar, Australia axed
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Czech Republic added to WSBK calendar, Australia axed

The World Superbike Championship has issued another update to the 2021 calendar, with a new race in Czech Republic added in August and the Australian round cancelled altogether.

Estoril given new date on latest WSBK calendar

Estoril has been handed a new date in May on a revised version of the 2021 World Superbike calendar issued on Friday.

Rea stays on top as Barcelona World Superbike test ends

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea remained on top for Kawasaki as the sole official pre-season test of the 2021 World Superbike season came to a conclusion at Barcelona on Thursday.

Rea tops first day of Barcelona World Superbike test

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea topped the opening day of World Superbike's official pre-season test at Barcelona for Kawasaki on Wednesday.

Kawasaki's new bike for 2021 WSBK season breaks cover

Kawasaki has become the fourth World Superbike manufacturer to unveil its 2021 bike after Ducati, Honda and Yamaha. 

Yamaha's 2021 R1 World Superbike challenger revealed

Yamaha has revealed a revised livery for its R1 bike for the 2021 World Superbike Championship season.

Honda takes covers off 2021 World Superbike challenger

Honda has revealed the 2021-spec Honda CBR1000RR-R with which it will fight for World Superbike championship honours this year.

Ducati unveils 2021 World Superbike challenger

Ducati has unveiled a largely unchanged livery for its Panigale V4 R ahead of the start of the 2021 World Superbike season at Aragon in May.

Kawasaki's Lowes returns to WSBK action after injury

Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes made his return to World Superbike action this week in a private test at Jerez, following the shoulder injury he sustained last month.

Go Eleven Ducati reveals new livery for Davies

The Go Eleven Ducati World Superbike team has revealed a new blue livery for the bike Chaz Davies will ride in the 2021 season.

Alstare name returns to World Superbike grid

The Alstare name will return to World Superbike for the 2021 season as part of a new tie-up between Francis Batta's team and the Gil Motorsport Yamaha squad.

World Superbike postpones Estoril opener, adds new track

The start of the new World Superbike season has been pushed back further following the news that the planned curtain-raiser in Estoril has been indefinitely postponed.

World Superbike season start pushed back to May

The start of the 2021 World Superbike Championship season has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the opening Dutch round has been pushed back to July.

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.

World Superbike publishes entry list for 2021 season

The World Superbike Championship has issued a provisional entry list for the 2021 season, with 24 riders representing 16 teams and five different manufacturers.

Pedercini Kawasaki completes 2021 WSBK line-up

The Pedercini Kawasaki World Superbike team has completed its line-up for the 2021 season with the signing of Samuele Cavalieri.

Davies confident of Ducati factory support in 2021

Ousted Ducati factory World Superbike rider Chaz Davies says he is confident he will receive the Italian marque's full backing for the upcoming season as he joins satellite team Go Eleven.

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.

Camier named Honda World Superbike team manager

Veteran World Superbike rider Leon Camier has been announced as Honda’s new team manager ahead of the first pre-season test of the 2021 season at Jerez.

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.

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.