Provisional 2012 World Superbike Championship Entry List Released

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The International Motorcycling Federation has released a preliminary entry list for the 2012 World Superbike Championship.

The preliminary list includes 24 entries representing six manufacturers: Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki. Noticeably absent is Yamaha which announced last summer it would pull out of WSBK racing.

Also noticeably absent is Noriyuki Haga, a veteran of the series bearing the unenviable title of winningest WSBK rider without a championship title. Haga was one of the most dominant WSBK racers of the last decade, finishing no worse than fourth from 2000-2009. His results since then have been less impressive, finishing sixth in 2010 with the Ducati factory team and  eighth last season for the PATA Racing team. PATA will field Lorenzo Zanetti this season while switching from the Aprilia RSV4 to the Ducati 1098R.

Reigning WSBK Champion Carlos Checa is listed as wearing #7 for this season instead of the customary #1 plate. He will defend his title with the Althea Racing team on the Ducati 1098R.

John Hopkins is the lone American racer on the preliminary entry list. He will race his customary #21 with the blessing of another famous #21, Troy Bayliss.

Provisional 2012 WSBK Entry List
Rider Motorcycle Team
3 – Max Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory Aprilia Racing Team
58 – Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory Aprilia Racing Team
7 – Carlos Checa Ducati 1098R Althea Racing
34 – Davide Giugliano Ducati 1098R Althea Racing
50 – Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 1098R Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
96 – Jakub Smrz Ducati 1098R Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
33 – Marco Melandri BMW S1000RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport
91 – Leon Haslam BMW S1000RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport
4 – Hiroshi Aoyama Honda CBR1000RR Honda World Superbike Team
65 – Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR Honda World Superbike Team
84 – Michel Fabrizio BMW S1000RR BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team
86 – Ayrton Badovini BMW S1000RR BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team
78 – Lorenzo Zanetti Ducati 1098R PATA Racing Team
17 – Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki Racing Team
66 – Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki Racing Team
36 – Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10R Team Pedercini
44 – David Salom Kawasaki ZX-10R Team Pedercini
21 – John Hopkins Suzuki GSX-R1000 Crescent Suzuki
TBA – Leon Camier Suzuki GSX-R1000 Crescent Suzuki
TBA – Mark Aitchison BMW S1000RR Grillini Progea Superbike Team
121 – Maxime Berger Ducati 1098R Liberty Racing – Team Effenbert
19 – Chaz Davies Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory ParkinGO Aprilia Racing Team
35 – Raffaele De Rosa Honda CBR1000RR Pro Ride Motorsports
59 – Niccolò Canepa Ducati 1098R Team Ducati Roma

[Source: FIM]

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  • bbtowns

    That’s actually a pretty competitive group. BMW has a good crew this year, Badovini was somewhat successful last year, and lord knows Fabrizio is talented. Hopkins is likely to mix it up at the top, along with Checa, Biaggi (likely, though the guy has to be getting old), along with Smrz, Rea and Laverty.

  • mattie davis

    Cant becide between a honda or yamaha 1000 or 600 I am an expeirenced rider of thirteen years.