5 Different Bikes Top 2010 WSBK Series

There were 7 manufacturers participating in the 2010 World Superbike series this year, and each one wanted a piece of the podium. The five top spots in the World Superbike series were held by five different manufacturers. Aprilia, Suzuki, Ducati, Honda, and Yamaha all had extremely competitive bikes this year.

Aprilia – The RSV4aprilia_RSV4

If anyone has anything to brag about this season, it’s Aprilia. Not only did Aprilia help Max Biaggi become the first Italian to win the World Superbike series, but they did it in only two years.

The RSV4 first entered the World Superbike series in 2009, and had a fantastic debut season, as Biaggi and Aprilia were able to capture 4th place. In 2010, the Aprilia team entered the season knowing that they had a competent bike. Biaggi and the team had worked out most of the kinks in the 2009 season, and when the flags came down in 2010, there was no stopping the Italians.

Biaggi captured 14 podiums aboard the RSV4 in 2010, 10 of which were wins, and ended up winning the championship by a dominant 75 points.

gsx-r1000 Suzuki – GSXR-1000

Thanks to the GSXR-1000, Suzuki had two riders in the top ten this year. Leon Haslam finished second, while Sylvain Guintoli took 7th in the overall standings. Suzuki racked up 412 points to finish in third in the manufacturer standings behind Ducati and Aprilia.

The GSXR-1000 has been in the Suzuki family for quite some time, and will be for a while to come. The bike has proven it’s worth over and over, and the Suzuki team will be gunning for the top spot next year. Suzuki will only running 1 rider in 2011, but with the GSXR-1000 and Michel Fabrizio, Suzuki will still have a chance at the title.

Ducati – Ducati 1198 ducati_1198

The Ducati team took the second place spot in the overall manufacturer standings. Ducati had four riders in the top ten. Carlos Checa was the highest ranked Ducati man, riding the 1198 into third place behind Haslam and Biaggi. The 1198 also helped Noriyuki Haga, Michel Fabrizio, and Shane Byrne claim the 6th, 8th, and 10th place spots.

Ducati will be cutting back it’s lineup next year, as there will only be 4 riders aboard Ducati bikes in 2011, as opposed to the 6 that rode in 2010.

cbr1000rr Honda – CBR1000RR

Jonathan Rea was a strong contender during the 2010 season, but an injury forced him to miss a few races as he had to undergo surgery. Rea was still able to capture four wins this season despite his injury.

Rea will be returning with the Ten Kate Honda Team next year, and if he can stay healthy, he could find himself on the final podium.

The Honda team will also be cutting back their lineup next year, and will only put two riders on the CBR1000RR. Rea, and former BMW rider Ruben Xaus will try to bring the World Superbike title back to Honda next year.

Yamaha – YZF-R1 Yamaha-YZF-R1

The highest ranking Yamaha was ridden by Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow took 6 pole positions this year, 10 podiums, and three wins aboard the YZF-R1. The Yamaha Sterligarda team will have to do without Crutchlow next year, as he will be moving on to the MotoGP series. In his place, Eugene Laverty, who finished second in the World Supersport series this year, and Marco Melandri will test their luck on the YZF-R1.

The 2010 World Superbike season saw 7 manufacturers, 5 of which ended up in the top 5. In 2011, the same 7 manufacturers will return, and it’s bound to be an equally diverse podium.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Kawasaki Factory Team to Have Three Riders in 2011 WSBK

kawasaki_ninja_zx10r The Kawasaki factory team will be running three riders during the 2011 World Superbike season. Tom Sykes, Chris Vermeulen, and Joan Lascorz will all be riding for the Paul Bird Motorsports squad next year.

The Kawasaki team will be riding the new Ninja ZX-10R for the 2011 World Superbike season.

“It’s great to be staying with Kawasaki as a manufacturer and ride for the Paul Bird team again for 2011,” said Sykes. “We have done some good work together this year and exceeded some of our expectations, so it is nice to stay with PBM Kawasaki team in what will be an important year for us all.”

“The new bike is already showing massive potential in testing and we have a lot of sessions planned through the winter. Roll on 2011!”

Vermeulen, who had to sit out part of the 2010 season due to an injury, is currently rehabbing his right knee and is excited to return with the Kawasaki team.

“I am working hard to get ready for next year,” said Vermeulen. “Kawasaki has been great; they have stood behind me and given me great support. With three riders Kawasaki is keen to move forward and Tom did a great job on the 2010 bike at the end of the year.

“It is all good to see, and I have already had a close look at the new bike. It looks cool and it certainly seems to be working well already. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get on the new bike.”

Joan Lascorz, who was having a very successful 2010 World Supersport season until he was sidelined with an injury, will be moving up in class next year to join Vermeulen and Sykes on the World Superbike team.

“It’s my dream to continue my relationship with Kawasaki and now I have the chance to ride in World Superbike, on an exciting new machine,” said Lascorz. “I am recovering well from the injuries I picked up in Silverstone and I am looking forward to getting on the Superbike as soon as I can. I want to say thank you to Kawasaki for the help and support and I hope to repay them with good results in my rookie year in WSBK racing.”

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Troy Bayliss Races on Two Wheels Again

Grafton-Inverell CycleClassic logo Australian motorcycle racing superstar Troy Bayliss is back in competition again, but this time he will not have an engine or even a motor to provide power for him. This time he will be using his own mental and physical abilities to tackle one of the most challenging bicycle races the world has. The 50th running of the Grafton-to-Inverell Cycle Classic will take place on 23 October 2010 in New South Wales, Australia. The race is a 228 Km (154 miles) endurance event which pushes competitors up over 1100 meters (3609 feet) in elevation – an incredibly grueling route which riders must complete in less than 9 hours.

We all know the Bayliss history; three FIM World Superbike Championships for Ducati in 2001, 2006 and 2008, he mentored MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner, and four years in the FIM MotoGP Championship with Ducati and Honda. Since his official retirement, he has been traveling the world on behalf of Ducati and has even been rumored to be joining the Australian V8 Supercars series. With the four wheelers he signed with Triple F Racing alongside Dean Fiore for two long- Troy Bayliss Ducati 2008 distance events.

For his attempt at the Grafton-to-Inverell, Bayliss has approached just as he did his motorcycle racing. He is fit and has teamed up with former Tour de France rider and Australian road champion Nick Gates as his coach and training manager. Gates and Bayliss have known each other for most of their lives, so the match is a good one.

Bayliss will face tough competition at this event, but Gates believes that at the pace he is riding now, Bayliss could get a top 10 result. If we have learned anything about #21, we know he will give his absolute best.

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Haga to Ride Aprilia with PATA Racing in 2011

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

wsbk_haga With Ducati exiting the World Superbike series, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio had to find new homes for 2011. Suzuki Alstare is set to confirm Fabrizio as their sole rider for 2011, and now Haga has also found his team for 2011. Haga recently signed with the PATA Racing Team to ride an Aprilia RSV4R for the 2011 WSB season.

Haga didn’t have the season he had hoped for in 2010. Haga was coming off of an 8 win 2009 season that landed him in second place in the overall standings. In 2010, Haga was only able to claim two race wins and a sixth place overall finish.

But now Haga will be riding a proven bike, and both he and the PATA Racing team have high hopes for 2011.

“I’m really happy to announce the birth of a new team and a new collaboration with Marco Borciani, who will be managing the squad,” says Daniele Carli, owner of DFX Corse which also raced on a Ducati this season. “We will race on a factory bike, which made us decide for a strong rider such as Noriyuki Haga, who is a big name in Superbike history. I would also like to thank Ducati for their helpfulness in all these seasons, during which we collaborated and scored important results.”

Haga has had tried his luck with Aprilia before. He raced in the MotoGP and the World Superbike aboard an Aprilia machine. In 2002, Haga finished fourth with the help of an Aprilia motorcycle.

2010 World Supersport Preview: Magny Cours

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

wss_sofuoglu_assenWith just one round left in the World Supersport series, Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty will arrive in France with championship titles on the brain. Sofuoglu, though, has the obvious advantage.

Sofuoglu holds 16 points over Laverty going into the final round, making it a must win situation for the Irishman. Laverty does have more race wins than Sofuoglu, so in the event of a tie, (which would occur if Laverty scores third and Sofuoglu gets no score,) Laverty would walk away with the championship.

“I want to win even if I don’t win the championship,” Laverty said. “I have won more races than anyone else this year and Kenan knows that, which is why he wanted to beat me in Imola. I want to win the last race and I’m sure Kenan wants to do the same.”

The two had a dramatic finish at the previous race at Imola. Both riders went down on the final chicane, but were able to restart quickly to score valuable points.

Joan Lascorz, who was in the title fight with Laverty and Sofuoglu, has missed the last few rounds due to injury. Lascorz will still be able to claim third place on the podium, as Chaz Davies will not be able to reach him this weekend.

Check out the World Superbike Preview here.