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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.

BMW didn't make "the step we needed", admits Redding

BMW rider Scott Redding admits that he didn't make the "big step we needed" in this week's Aragon World Superbike test as he gears up for his first races with the German marque this weekend.

Bautista's pace "very close" to Rea, Razgatlioglu in WSBK

Alvaro Bautista is hopeful that he will be in the hunt in this weekend’s World Superbike season opener at Aragon, citing his speed being “very close” to Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu in testing.

Haslam to make WSBK wildcard outings for Pedercini

Leon Haslam will make four wildcard appearances for the Pedercini Kawasaki team in World Superbike this year alongside his British Superbike campaign.

Kawasaki's Rea quickest as Aragon pre-season WSBK test ends

Jonathan Rea ensured Kawasaki remained on top on the second and final day of World Superbike pre-season testing at Aragon, beating the Yamaha of reigning champion Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Rea feels 2022-spec Kawasaki "definitely a step forward"

Jonathan Rea says that his 2022-spec Kawasaki ZX-10RR is "definitely a step forward" as he seeks to reclaim the World Superbike title this year.

Rea edges out Razgatlioglu on Day 1 of Aragon WSBK test

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea topped the opening day of official World Superbike testing ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu at a cold Motorland Aragon on Monday.

BMW replaces injured van der Mark for Aragon WSBK opener

Michael van der Mark will miss the opening round of the 2022 World Superbike season at Aragon next weekend, with IDM Superbike champion Ilya Mikhalchik replacing him at BMW.

British Superbike champion Mackenzie gets Assen WSBK wildcard

Reigning British Superbike champion Tarran Mackenzie will make his World Superbike debut with a wildcard appearance in the second round of the season at Assen.

World Superbike finalises 2022 calendar, Phillip Island dates

World Superbike has finalised its 2022 calendar by confirming dates for the championship's return to Phillip Island.

Isaac Vinales loses Motoxracing Yamaha WSBK ride

Isaac Vinales has lost his World Superbike ride with the Motoxracing Yamaha team with just over a week to go until the start of the 2022 season, with the team announcing Roberto Tamburini as his replacement.

Barcelona test showing leaves Gerloff with "smile on my face"

American rider Garrett Gerloff says he had “a smile on his pace” after an encouraging showing aboard the GRT Yamaha in the World Superbike pre-season test at Barcelona.

Lecuona convinced Honda can fight for "top positions"

Iker Lecuona believes that Honda will be in a position to fight for "top positions" when the 2022 World Superbike season starts after an encouraging performance in last week's Barcelona test.

Razgatlioglu quickest in rain-disrupted Barcelona WSBK test

Defending World Superbike champion Toprak Razgatlioglu topped the two-day pre-season test in Barcelona for Yamaha, leading the Ducati of Alvaro Bautista.

Yamaha takes covers off bike for WSBK title defence

Yamaha has taken the covers off the bike with which Toprak Razgatlioglu will attempt to defend his World Superbike title this year.

Kawasaki unveils contender for 2022 World Superbike fightback

Kawasaki has revealed the latest iteration of the ZX-10RR with just over two weeks left until the start of the 2022 World Superbike Championship season at Aragon.

WSBK announces MotoGP-style manufacturer concessions

World Superbike will allow less successful manufacturers additional testing days this year to catch up with the competition, replicating MotoGP’s concession system.

IDM champion Mikhalchik gets BMW World Superbike call-up

BMW has called up IDM Superbike champion Ilya Mikhalchik to deputise for an injured Michael van der Mark for pre-season testing at Barcelona and Aragon.

Redding hails BMW for "big improvements" in Misano test

Scott Redding has hailed the BMW World Superbike team for the improvements it has made to its M1000RR challenger since he first rode the bike last year.

Bautista buoyed by near-lap record pace in Misano WSBK test

Alvaro Bautista says he is encouraged by the pace he demonstrated aboard his Ducati in this week's two-day World Superbike test at Misano.

Injured van der Mark likely to miss WSBK season opener

Michael van der Mark is unlikely to be fit in time for the World Superbike season opener at Aragon next month after suffering a fractured leg, according to BMW team principal Shaun Muir.

Ducati unveils Panigale V4 R for 2022 World Superbike season

Ducati has taken the covers off the revised Panigale V4 R ahead of the start of the 2022 World Superbike season at Aragon early next month.

Sykes lands top Ducati ride for British Superbike return

Tom Sykes' return to British Superbike for 2022 has been officially announced by the Paul Bird Motorsport Ducati team.

Pedercini Kawasaki keeps Cresson, full WSBK grid decided

The 2022 World Superbike grid is complete following the news that Loris Cresson will stay with Kawasaki satellite outfit Pedercini Racing this season.

Honda calls for MotoGP-style testing concessions in WSBK

Honda World Superbike team boss Leon Camier has voiced his support for a MotoGP-style relaxation on testing for the championship’s less successful manufacturers.

Haslam makes British Superbike return with Kawasaki

Leon Haslam has signed a deal to return to the British Superbike championship for the 2022 season with Kawasaki, officially ending his tenure in World Superbike.

Honda showcases 2022 World Superbike challenger

Honda has officially launched the latest iteration of the CBR1000RR-R that it will campaign in the 2022 World Superbike Championship.

Yamaha says topping Portimao WSBK test a "nice surprise"

Yamaha World Superbike boss Paul Denning has described the result of this week's Portimao pre-season test as a "nice surprise" as Toprak Razgatlioglu outpaced Jonathan Rea.

Sykes set for Ducati BSB move as Pedercini WSBK talks falter

Tom Sykes is poised for a return to the British Superbike championship after all in 2022 despite speculation linking him to a World Superbike stay with Pedercini Kawasaki.

Razgatlioglu leads Rea in Portimao WSBK pre-season test

Reigning World Superbike champion Toprak Razgatlioglu topped the timesheets in this week's two-day pre-season test at Portimao, as he and title rival Jonathan Rea met on-track for the first time in 2022.

World Superbike champion Razgatlioglu set for 2022 MotoGP test

World Superbike champion Toprak Razgatlioglu is set to test a Yamaha MotoGP bike later this year, according to Yamaha team manager Massimo Meregalli.

Rea can't picture retirement, motivation at "all-time high"

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he still can't picture retiring from motorcycle racing, and that his motivation is at an "all-time high" as he seeks to take back the crown from Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Kawasaki, Rea buoyed by "very strong" first WSBK test of 2022

Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki were encouraged by a “very strong” first World Superbike pre-season test of 2022 at Jerez, as they aim to wrestle the crown back from Toprak Razgatlioglu and Yamaha.

Honda "really impressed" by WSBK rookies Lecuona and Vierge

Honda World Superbike team boss Leon Camier says he is "really impressed" with the performance of the team's new riders for 2022, Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge.