WSBK – Presentation of the Superbike and Supersport riders: who will be the 2016 champion? – World Superbike: Sykes, Guintoli, Rea …

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Presentation of the Superbike and Supersport riders: who will be the 2016 champion ?

WSBK - Presentation of the Superbike and Supersport riders: who will be the 2016 champion? - World Superbike: Sykes, Guintoli, Rea ...

On the list of drivers entered in WSBK 2016, 24 are registered in Superbike and 23 in Supersport. But there can only be one in each category … Will Rea and Sofuoglu keep their crown? ?

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World Superbike: Sykes, Guintoli, Rea…

The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has just announced the names of the participants in the 29th World Superbike season which will begin at the end of the month on the Phillip Island circuit (Australia). Small tour of the forces in presence with Site.

In the Superbike category (1000 cc 4-cylinder and 1200 cc twin-cylinder motorcycles), the champion Sylvain Guintoli ceded his crown to Jonathan Rea, the new recruit of the official Kawasaki team. This year, the n ° 65 will thus carry the plate of "Number One".

World champion for the first time in his career in 2015, Jonathan Rea has the difficult mission of doubling the stakes in World Superbike. Only three pilots have succeeded so far and that was in the last century: Fred Merkel (1988-89), Doug Polen (1991-92) and Carl Fogarty (1994-95 and 1998-99).

Tom Sykes almost beat all these big names, since he only needed 6.5 points to stack three consecutive titles (, and). Eclipsed last year by the ruthless "JR", "Major Tom" will try to regain the ascendancy on the handlebars of "his" new Ninja…

Second in the last WSBK championship, Chaz Davies will undoubtedly give the two Kawasaki officials a hard time: better driver at the end of the season – better than Johnny! -, the Welsh n ° 7 now perfectly masters his factory Ducati and may well start the season on the wheel hats.

Absent for more than half of the season, Davide Giugliano is still riding. The n ° 34 also signed two Superpoles and a lap record in the race. Fast, the teammate of "Chazie" is still chasing a first success in WSBK. But as a priority, he must stay on his wheels and no longer get injured…

Fifth in the 2015 standings and named best rookie of the season, Jordi Torres proved with his Aprilia that he had his place among the leaders of the category. In 2016, he will try to beat them all, this time at the helm of a BMW prepared by the excellent Althea team..

The "Spanish Elvis" – compared to his sideburns, swaying and devastating smile! – will be joined by the reigning German Superbike champion, Markus Reiterberger. Titled with the S1000RR, the German n ° 21 is counting on it again to make a name for itself internationally.

First in the 2014 championship on Aprilia, Sylvain Guintoli had to settle for 6th place in 2015 on the aging Honda. The n ° 50 changes again this year: he rides the official Yamaha which is playing its first season at the highest level. Go the Blues !

Alex Lowes had two difficult seasons riding a Suzuki which too often led him to make mistakes. The Crescent team wanted to keep the talented n ° 22 in its ranks and gave him his second factory R1. The 2013 English champion hopes he can finally show what he’s really worth.

If no Suzuki is lined up this season – everyone is waiting for the new Gex 2017 – two Hondas are again entered by the loyal Ten Kate team. His little protégé, the 2014 Supersport champion and 7th in the 2015 WSBK Michael van den Mark, is naturally renewed.

Sylvain Guintoli is replaced by another pure Honda product: Nicky Hayden! Le knows that the Fireblade is not the best weapon to fight at the forefront, but its replacement is announced for 2017 … And in the meantime, the Kentucky Kid will not be content to make up the extras.

Although 8th and 9th respectively in the 2015 WSBK, Leandro Mercado and Matteo Baiocco did not leave for a World Superbike round in 2016. Other riders took over on the handlebars of Ducati Panigale, no factory and no ridiculous…

The 2014 IDM champion will be a priority to watch: Xavi Fores had a good career in 2015 as Giugliano’s replacement. He should be able to tease the official drivers and have a good season in 2016 as a private driver of the Barni team..

Like the champions Xavi and "Reiti" (IDM 2015), the current "king" of the British Superbike will try to shine on the international level. Titled with a Yamaha in BSB, Joshua Brookes will have to adapt quickly to his BMW.

The Australian "Bad Boy" does not arrive alone from England: his Milwaukee team accompanies him … and motivates him by slipping a big size of world speed into his boots: Karel Abraham, just before his rise in MotoGP ( four seasons … and a half).

A third rider from MotoGP will make his World Superbike debut:! Like his Czech colleague, the San Marino finished the year 2015 far from the circuits and intends to bounce back in 2016. He will have an Aprilia and all the support of "his" team IodaRacing for this..

Hired by the same team, Lorenzo Savadori will also defend the colors of Aprilia. The young hope of Italian speed, titled in Superstock 1000 with the RSV4, knows that the step is high: champion of STK1000 like him, his compatriots Giugliano and Badovini did not succeed in concretizing.

Also of Italian origin, from Varese more precisely, MV Agusta is the seventh and last manufacturer registered in the 2016 World Superbike. His only F4, tested this winter by, will again be driven by Leon Camier, the only British rider not to be ridden. on the podium last year…

The MV will face two Aprilia, two Honda, four BMW, four Ducati, four Yamaha and seven Kawasaki. Among these many Ninja, let us underline the presence – the "big" return ?! – from within the Pedercini team, in which last year evolved.

Note also that the young n ° 23 will continue to ride on a ZX-10R prepared by the Pedercini team, but in the Superstock 1000 category. He will ride alongside another French driver:. Let’s go Green ! And go, registered in the Supersport category (see page 3)…

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