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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.

Loris Cresson, TPR Team Pedercini Racing

Belgian rider Cresson stepped up to join WSBK with Pedercini last year on a two-year deal, but his continued presence at the squad was cast into doubt by his absence from last month's WSBK entry list reveal.

It came as it emerged that the Italian team had been holding talks with high-profile riders Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam, who had been dropped from their respective factory teams, BMW and Honda, last year.

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However, Pedercini has now confirmed that Cresson will be riding its sole ZX-10RR again this season after all - meaning the full grid for the 2022 campaign is now complete.

“It’s been a long winter discussing everything with the team and in the end, we were able to find a solution to continue together," said Cresson. "[Team owner] Lucio [Pedercini] is a great guy, and we share the same end goal.

"I am happy to continue with my guys inside the box because we found a good way to work as last year progressed. There was always a good atmosphere and I trust the guys completely.

"The level in WorldSBK is high but my target is to score points in all of the races, and I feel strong mentally and after my injury I am also now feeling strong."

Cresson, 23, endured a tough baptism of fire in WSBK last year, scoring points just once all season at Assen with a best finish of 13th place, before injury forced him to sit out the final two rounds of the year.

Pedercini stated it is still hoping to field a second bike on a part-time basis this year, despite slimming down to a single full-time entry in 2022.

 

No fewer than six different riders took turns on the team's second bike last year, with British Superbike regular and Donington Park wildcard Luke Mossey (above) the only one to bank a points finish.

2022 WSBK entry list:

No. Rider Bike Team
1 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Team
3 Japan Kohta Nozane Yamaha

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

5 Germany Philipp Oettl Ducati Team GoEleven
7 Spain Iker Lecuona Honda Team HRC
19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati

Aruba.It Racing - Ducati

21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati

Aruba.It Racing - Ducati

22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
23 France Christophe Ponsson Yamaha Gil Motor Sport
29 San Marino Luca Bernardi Ducati Barni Racing Team
31 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team
32 Spain Isaac Vinales Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team
35 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin Honda MIE Racing Honda Team
36 Argentina Leandro Mercado Honda MIE Racing Honda Team
44 France Lucas Mahias Kawasaki

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing

45 United Kingdom Scott Redding  BMW BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
47 Italy Axel Bassani Ducati Motocorsa Racing
50 Ireland Eugene Laverty BMW Bonovo MGM Racing
52 Czech Republic Oliver Konig Kawasaki Orelac Racing
55 Italy Andrea Locatelli Yamaha PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Team
60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark BMW BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
65 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
76 France Loris Baz BMW Bonovo MGM Racing
84 Belgium Loris Cresson Kawasaki Team Pedercini Racing
97 Spain Xavi Vierge Honda Team HRC

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