FIM Announces 27 Riders in World Superbike for 2014

01/30/2014 @ 2:22 pm, by David Emmett13 COMMENTS

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The addition of the EVO category to the World Superbike class has had the hoped-for effect on the grid. From a modest entry list of 19 riders last year, the grid is up to a healthy 27 entries for 2014.

The number of manufacturers has increased as well, up to 9, with MV Agusta, EBR (Erik Buell’s latest venture), and Bimota all taking part, racing this year under the EVO banner. Bimota’s entry is still provisional, subject to homologation of the BMW-based BB3 being approved.

The gamble of introducing a cheaper, lower-spec form of racing appears to have paid off, with 12 riders entered in the EVO category. Like the CRT class in MotoGP, the EVO category makes competing cheaper, with tuning restrictions closer to Superstock levels on engines, while chassis regulations remain the same as for the full SBK class entries.

The expansion in the World Superbike class has been partially at the expense of World Supersport, with teams such as Team Toth and Yakhnich using the opportunity to move up to WSBK. The World Supersport field is down to 23 entries, after years of fields of 30+ riders.

The list of manufacturers in WSS is shorter, with just Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and MV Agusta represented. The World Superbike and World Supersport entry lists are shown below.

The 2014 World Superbike rider line up. The latest, updated list can be found here.

Rider Nat. Motorcycle Class Team Name
33 Marco Melandri ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK Aprilia Racing Team
50 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK Aprilia Racing Team
52 Sylvain Barrier FRA BMW S1000 RR SBK EVO BMW Motorrad Italia SBK
1 Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK Kawasaki Racing Team
44 David Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK EVO Kawasaki Racing Team
76 Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK Kawasaki Racing Team
22 Alex Lowes GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 SBK Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
58 Eugene Laverty IRL Suzuki GSX-R1000 SBK Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
65 Jonathan Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR SBK PATA Honda World Superbike
91 Leon Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR SBK PATA Honda World Superbike
2 Christian Iddon GBR Bimota BB3 * SBK EVO Team ALSTARE
86 Ayrton Badovini ITA Bimota BB3 * SBK EVO Team ALSTARE
24 Toni Elias ESP Aprilia RSV4  Factory SBK Red Devils Roma
59 Niccolò Canepa ITA Ducati Panigale 1199 R SBK EVO Althea Racing
21 Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK EVO Team Pedercini
23 Luca Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK EVO Team Pedercini
32 Sheridan Morais RSA Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK EVO IRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK
84 Michel Fabrizio ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK EVO IRON BRAIN Kawasaki SBK
10 Imre Toth HUN BMW S1000 RR SBK BMW Team Toth
56 Peter Sebestyen HUN BMW S1000 RR SBK EVO BMW Team Toth
7 Chaz Davies GBR Ducati Panigale 1199R SBK Ducati Superbike Team
34 Davide Giugliano ITA Ducati Panigale 1199R SBK Ducati Superbike Team
9 Fabien Foret FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK EVO MAHI Racing Team India
11 Jeremy Guarnoni FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R SBK EVO MRS Kawasaki
71 Claudio Corti ITA MV Agusta F4 RR SBK MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich
20 Aaron Yates USA EBR 1190 RX SBK Team Hero EBR
99 Geoff May USA EBR 1190 RX SBK Team Hero EBR

STH: Subject to homologation

The 2014 World Supersport rider line up. The latest, updated list can be found here.

Rider Nat. Motorcycle Team Name
54 Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Kawasaki ZX-6R MAHI Racing Team India
16 Jules Cluzel FRA MV Agusta F3 675 MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
65 Vladimir Leonov RUS MV Agusta F3 675 MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich Motorsport
26 Lorenzo Zanetti ITA Honda CBR600RR PATA Honda World Supersport Team
60 Michael van der Mark NED Honda CBR600RR PATA Honda World Supersport Team
21 Florian Marino FRA Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
99 Patrick Jacobsen USA Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
88 Kev Coghlan GBR Yamaha YZF R6 DMC Panavto-Yamaha
161 Alexey Ivanov RUS Yamaha YZF R6 DMC Panavto-Yamaha
11 Christian Gamarino ITA Kawasaki ZX-6R Team GO Eleven
44 Roberto Rolfo ITA Kawasaki ZX-6R Team GO Eleven
24 Marco Bussolotti ITA Honda CBR600RR Team Lorini
84 Riccardo Russo ITA Honda CBR600RR Team Lorini
4 Jack Kennedy IRL Honda CBR600RR CIA Insurance Honda
7 Nacho Calero ESP Honda CBR600RR CIA Insurance Honda
5 Roberto Tamburini ITA Kawasaki ZX-6R San Carlo Puccetti Racing
61 Fabio Menghi *TBC ITA Yamaha YZF R6 VFT Racing
14 Ratthapark Wilairot THA Honda CBR600RR Core PTR Honda
TBA ** Honda CBR600RR Core PTR Honda
89 Fraser Rogers GBR Honda CBR600RR Com Plus South Tyneside College SMS
9 Tony Coveña NED Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki Ponyexpres Intermoto
TBA ** Honda CBR600RR Lorini Racing Team
19 Kevin Wahr GER Yamaha YZF R6 Team Wahr by Kraus Racing

*TBC: To be confirmed
**TBA: To be announced

Source: FIM; Photo: Kawasaki Racing

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • DeadMic

    this seems a little too NASCAR for me

  • buellracerx

    @DeadMic then watch GP.

    To each his own, I like racing for the competition.

  • chris

    foret’s in the wrong category

  • Gritboy

    Cool. Now if only they had proper TV coverage in the U.S.A., cuz beIN won’t cut it.

  • Norm G.

    re: “Cool. Now if only they had proper TV coverage in the U.S.A., cuz beIN won’t cut it.”

    for $20 bucks i’ll tell you a secret.

  • smiler

    Soooo much better than the shambles in MotoGP.

  • Bluey

    i thought EBR were running EVO bikes?

  • Norm G.

    re: “i thought EBR were running EVO bikes?”

    barring typo, i think they might be giving themselves the option to get a year of modding within the rules under their belt…?

    if they went EVO now they wouldnt be able to touch the engine, so think of it as a year long test session to finalize the spec of the actual EVO bike (i hope). pretty sure they know that what they’ve got ain’t ready. well, if the got eyes they do.

  • Conrice

    re: “I think they might be giving themselves the option to get a year of modding within the rules under their brit…?”

    – And that would explain why they chose Geoff May and Aaron Yates (development riders at best nowadays)

  • Norm G.

    re: “And that would explain why they chose Geoff May and Aaron Yates (development riders at best nowadays)”

    correct. NATCORK.

  • frankie

    What happened to Max Neukirchner……..still injured?

  • Norm G.

    ATTENTION ON DECK…!!!

    EB had his date with destiny. says “destiny’s” cute and they’ve got good chemistry. online dating can be such a mind field, but they’ve agreed to go out a second time…

    http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2014/Jan/140130serg.htm

  • Norm G.

    mine field… mine field.