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MotoAmerica rider Uribe takes vacant Pedercini WSBK seat

The Pedercini Racing Kawasaki team has signed MotoAmerica regular Jayson Uribe for the remainder of the current World Superbike campaign.

Bautista can't see Honda finishing on WSBK podium in 2021

Alvaro Bautista says he doesn’t expect Honda to be in a position to challenge for World Superbike podium positions as the Japanese manufacturer’s struggles with the Fireblade continue into 2021.

Davies explains "big turnaround" in WSBK form at Assen

Chaz Davies says he feels he made a "big turnaround" in the final race of last weekend's Assen World Superbike round following a difficult run of form with his injured shoulder.

Lowes signs new multi-year Kawasaki World Superbike deal
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Lowes signs new multi-year Kawasaki World Superbike deal

Alex Lowes will remain with the Kawasaki World Superbike team for the 2022 season after agreeing a new multi-year contract with the Provec-run outfit.

Locatelli surprised to score first WSBK podium at Assen

Yamaha rookie Andrea Locatelli says he never expected to score his first World Superbike podium finish at Assen after leading the first half of the weekend's final race ahead of Jonathan Rea.

Rea, Redding accuse Gerloff of lack of respect after Turn 1 crash Assen
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Rea, Redding accuse Gerloff of lack of respect after Turn 1 crash

Yamaha World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff has been accused of a lack of respect after causing the Turn 1 collision that eliminated Toprak Razgatlioglu from Sunday's final race of the weekend at Assen.

Razgatlioglu slams Gerloff's "stupid mistake" after clash Assen
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Razgatlioglu slams Gerloff's "stupid mistake" after clash

Toprak Razgatlioglu has slammed fellow Yamaha World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff for his "stupid mistake" at Turn 1 that led to the Turkish rider crashing out of the final race of the weekend at Assen.

Assen WSBK: Rea completes treble as Yamahas collide Assen
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Assen WSBK: Rea completes treble as Yamahas collide

Jonathan Rea romped to a third successive World Superbike victory in Sunday's final race of the weekend at Assen, as Yamaha riders Toprak Razgatlioglu and Garrett Gerloff collided at Turn 1.

Assen WSBK: Rea wins again in Superpole race Assen
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Assen WSBK: Rea wins again in Superpole race

Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea took another straightforward World Superbike victory in Sunday morning's Superpole race at Assen to further extend his points advantage.

Folger, Mahias sidelined for Sunday Assen WSBK races Assen
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Folger, Mahias sidelined for Sunday Assen WSBK races

Jonas Folger and Lucas Mahias have both been ruled out of Sunday's World Superbike races at Assen following their crashes during Saturday's opening race at the Dutch circuit.

Assen WSBK: Rea retakes points lead with comfortable win

Jonathan Rea converted pole into victory in the opening World Superbike race of the weekend at Assen to retake the points lead, as Scott Redding beat Toprak Razgatlioglu to second.

Assen WSBK: Rea on pole, Razgatlioglu second after crash

Jonathan Rea continued his unbeaten run of 2021 World Superbike pole positions by topping his fifth Superpole session at Assen, as points leader Toprak Razgatlioglu recovered to second after crashing.

Rea not ruling out potential MotoGP 2022 switch

Reigning six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has responded to links to Petronas SRT in MotoGP in 2022, stating “never say never” despite having a multi-year Kawasaki WSBK deal.

Assen WSBK: Rea tops Friday practice from Gerloff

Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea topped Friday practice for the Assen round of the World Superbike championship, leading the GRT Yamaha of Garrett Gerloff.

Honda suffering from 'unrealistic expectations' in WSBK
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Honda suffering from 'unrealistic expectations' in WSBK

Honda World Superbike team boss Leon Camier says the marque has suffered from “unrealistic” expectations as its struggles in the championship continue.

Gerloff to remain in WSBK with Yamaha in 2022 Assen
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Gerloff to remain in WSBK with Yamaha in 2022

Garrett Gerloff has signed a new contract to remain with Yamaha in the World Superbike Championship next year, although his team is yet to be announced.

Laverty's BMW satellite team to skip Dutch WSBK round

The RC Squadra Corse team that operates a one-bike BMW satellite operation for former MotoGP rider Eugene Laverty will not take part in this weekend’s World Superbike round at Assen due to “internal structuring”.

Rabat reflects on "very bad" start to WSBK career
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Rabat reflects on "very bad" start to WSBK career

Ex-MotoGP rider Tito Rabat admits he has suffered a "very bad" start to his career in the World Superbike championship with the satellite Barni Racing Ducati team.

Gerloff: Independence Day podium feels "awesome"

GRT Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff says it felt “awesome” to stand on the World Superbike podium on Independence Day at Donington Park last weekend.

Redding boosted by Razgatlioglu 'ruffling Rea's feathers'

Ducati rider Scott Redding feels Toprak Razgatlioglu is ‘ruffling the feathers' of Jonathan Rea after the reigning World Superbike champion crashed out of the lead in Sunday's final race at Donington Park.

Sykes elated after scoring new BMW's first WSBK podiums

BMW World Superbike rider Tom Sykes has expressed his delight after scoring the German marque's first World Superbike podium finishes with its revised M1000RR bike at Donington Park.

Rea explains crash that cost him World Superbike points lead Donington Park
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Rea explains crash that cost him World Superbike points lead

Jonathan Rea has explained his crash out of the lead in Sunday's final World Superbike race at Donington Park that handed the championship lead to Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Donington WSBK: Razgatlioglu wins again as Rea crashes Donington Park
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Donington WSBK: Razgatlioglu wins again as Rea crashes

Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu moved to the top of the World Superbike championship standings with victory in the final race of the weekend at Donington Park, as Jonathan Rea crashed out of the lead.

Donington WSBK: Rea wins Superpole race, Redding comes last

Jonathan Rea scored his fifth victory of the World Superbike season in tricky conditions at Donington Park, as Scott Redding finished last in another disastrous outing at the British track.

Donington WSBK: Razgatlioglu takes sensational win from 13th Donington Park
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Donington WSBK: Razgatlioglu takes sensational win from 13th

Yamaha's Toprak Razgatlioglu scored a sensational victory in the opening race of World Superbike's Donington Park round, charging from 13th place into a lead he wouldn't lose in just two laps.

Donington WSBK: Rea breezes to pole in the wet

Jonathan Rea continued his perfect qualifying streak in this year's World Superbike championship by easing to a fourth successive pole position in wet conditions at Donington Park.

Donington WSBK: Gerloff leads Rea in Friday practice

GRT Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff topped the times in Friday practice for the British round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park, leading the Kawasaki of Jonathan Rea.

Yamaha WSBK squad signs fresh deal with Razgatlioglu
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Yamaha WSBK squad signs fresh deal with Razgatlioglu

Toprak Razgatlioglu has signed a fresh two-year deal with Yamaha's factory World Superbike team, ending speculation he could take a Petronas SRT MotoGP seat in 2022.

'Not too late' for Razgatlioglu MotoGP move - Yamaha boss

Yamaha World Superbike team boss Paul Denning is adamant that it’s not too late for his lead rider Toprak Razgatlioglu to make the move to MotoGP in future.

Ducati facing development "handicap" in World Superbike

Ducati is facing a development "handicap" against its World Superbike rivals with the current restrictive technical regulations, believes team manager Marco Zambenedetti.

Gerloff focused on WSBK “to earn an opportunity” in MotoGP

Garrett Gerloff says he remains focused on his World Superbike campaign with Yamaha in 2021 in order “to earn an opportunity” to race in MotoGP full-time in 2022.

Rea blasts "comical" Donington Park WSBK crowd limits

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has branded the 4000-spectator limit for the Donington round as “comical” after Silverstone was granted dispensation to have a capacity crowd for Formula 1. 

New Yamaha World Superbike model ‘unlikely in short term’

Yamaha World Superbike boss Paul Denning says it’s unlikely that a new Yamaha base model will be introduced any time soon, despite the age of the R1 platform.

Redding: "No good points" to take from Misano WSBK

Ducati rider Scott Redding admits there were "no good points" about his performance last weekend at Misano, as he failed to score a podium for the first time in his World Superbike career.

Rea 'has to accept' winless Misano WSBK weekend Misano
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Rea 'has to accept' winless Misano WSBK weekend

Kawasaki World Superbike star Jonathan Rea has conceded that he didn’t have the pace to fight for victory in Misano, describing the weekend as “damage limitation."

Rinaldi: Misano WSBK wins silence critics who 'bashed me'

Michael Ruben Rinaldi feels his double win at Misano will serve to silence those critics who were “bashing” him following a lacklustre start to his first World Superbike season with Ducati.

Misano WSBK: Razgatlioglu clinches first Yamaha win of 2021 Misano
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Misano WSBK: Razgatlioglu clinches first Yamaha win of 2021

Toprak Razgatlioglu claimed Yamaha’s first win of the 2021 World Superbike season in the final race at Misano, denying Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi a clean sweep of the weekend.

Misano WSBK: Ducati’s Rinaldi scores another home win Misano
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Misano WSBK: Ducati’s Rinaldi scores another home win

Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi charged to a second successive World Superbike win at Misano, passing both Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu to take top honours in the Superpole race.

Misano WSBK: Ducati's Rinaldi scores impressive home victory Misano
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Misano WSBK: Ducati's Rinaldi scores impressive home victory

Michael Ruben Rinaldi claimed his maiden victory as a factory Ducati rider at his home turf in Misano, as reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea survived a major moment to finish third.

BMW rider Laverty declared unfit for first Misano WSBK race

BMW rider Eugene Laverty has suffered multiple contusions and functional neck impairment after a crash in practice and will miss the opening World Superbike race of the weekend at Misano.

Misano WSBK: Rea smashes lap record for third pole of 2021

Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea smashed the Misano lap record to claim his third consecutive pole position of the 2021 World Superbike season, beating the Yamaha of Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Misano WSBK: Rinaldi dominates Friday practice on home turf Misano
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Misano WSBK: Rinaldi dominates Friday practice on home turf

Michael Ruben Rinaldi set the overall pace on Friday at Misano in his third World Superbike weekend as a factory Ducati rider, beating Kawasaki duo Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea.

Baz move shows MotoAmerica's level, says Gerloff

World Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff believes that Loris Baz’s move to MotoAmerica this year shows the high level of the domestic American Superbike championship.

Redding hints at Ducati concept weakness versus Kawasaki

Scott Redding believes Ducati’s inability to perform consistently at all World Superbike tracks could be down to the Panigale V4 R having a conceptual weakness compared to the Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

Honda WSBK's challenger losing time "in all areas"

Honda's World Superbike challenger is losing out to its rivals "in all areas" and there is no one single focus for future improvement, according to Alvaro Bautista.

WSBK stars blast yellow flag rule for "ruining" qualifying

Leading World Superbike riders Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies have lashed out at the new yellow flag rule for “ruining” qualifying for the second round of the season at Estoril.

Razgatlioglu "doesn't understand" jump-start penalty

Yamaha World Superbike rider Toprak Razgatlioglu says he "doesn't understand" why he was given a double long-lap penalty in the final race of the weekend at Estoril after he jumped the start.

Rea: Estoril no longer a "bogey" track after wins

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says Estoril is no longer his “bogey” track after scoring a brace of wins at the Portuguese track on Sunday.

Redding “pissed off with myself” after costly Estoril crash

Scott Redding admits he wasn’t patient enough in his battle for victory with Jonathan Rea as he crashed out of the final race of the Estoril World Superbike weekend.

Estoril WSBK: Rea wins final race as Redding crashes Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Rea wins final race as Redding crashes

Jonathan Rea won the third and final race of the Estoril World Superbike weekend to extend his championship advantage, as Scott Redding crashed shortly after being passed by his rival.

Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Razgatlioglu to win Superpole Race Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Razgatlioglu to win Superpole Race

Jonathan Rea scored his third race win in five World Superbike races so far this season with a victory over Toprak Razgatlioglu in Sunday morning's Superpole Race at Estoril.

Estoril WSBK: Redding takes victory after tyre gamble Estoril
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Estoril WSBK: Redding takes victory after tyre gamble

Ducati rider Scott Redding secured victory in the first victory of the Estoril World Superbike weekend after gambling on Pirelli's soft-compound SCX rear tyre.

Estoril WSBK: Rea beats Redding for back-to-back poles

Jonathan Rea made it two pole positions from two events in the 2021 World Superbike season so far as he beat Scott Redding to the top spot in qualifying at Estoril.

Estoril WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Redding, Rea on Friday

Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu topped both practice sessions on Friday ahead of this weekend’s World Superbike round at Estoril, as several satellite riders broke inside the top 10.

Sykes: BMW pace "completely different" to last year

One-time World Superbike champion Tom Sykes has praised BMW for the jump in performance it has made with the introduction of the new M1000RR bike at Aragon.

Lowes glad to put 2020 slump behind him with triple podium

Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes says he had a ‘big smile on his face’ after starting the 2021 World Superbike season with a triple podium finish at Aragon, following a largely disappointing 2020 campaign.

Ducati 'raised eyebrows' at Redding slick tyre call Aragon
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Ducati 'raised eyebrows' at Redding slick tyre call

Ducati World Superbike rider Scott Redding says his team "raised their eyebrows" when he told them he wanted to use slick tyres ahead of his victory in the final race of the weekend at Aragon.

Gerloff “frustrated" after clash with WSBK race leader Rea

GRT Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff says he is “frustrated” with himself and has apologised to Jonathan Rea after the two came together while battling for victory in the Aragon World Superbike season opener.

Aragon WSBK: Redding dominates as Rea and Gerloff clash

Ducati’s Scott Redding claimed a dominant victory in the final race of the World Superbike season opener at Aragon, as Jonathan Rea came to blows with Garrett Gerloff.

Aragon WSBK: Rea leads Kawasaki 1-2 in damp Superpole race

Kawasaki star Jonathan Rea led World Superbike teammate Alex Lowes in a damp Superpole race at Aragon, as Scott Redding finished down in eighth after a failed gamble on full wet tyres.