Motorcycle Racing News 2011 World Superbike Season Line-Up

2011 World Superbike Season Line-Up

2011 WSBK

It happens each year. The Superbike World Championship winds down, crowning a new champion (in this case, Max Biaggi aboard the mighty Aprilia RSV-4) before going into the winter months leaving us with nothing to do but wait and speculate.

With this comes the new make-up of the paddock as the superbike teams fill their rosters and we armchair racers can start expounding our two cents worth.

Perhaps most surprising, as of this writing, newly crowned Max Biaggi hasn’t officially announced his plans for 2011. Personally, I want the man back in the paddock. That said, the Roman Emperor has been racing a very long time and now with one child and another on the way, it’s heavily rumored that the Italian is putting his own interests aside to be a devoted father.

For starters, what we do know is the schedule for WSBK. FIM has released the 2011 provisional WSBK calendar and it breaks down like this.

2011 World SBK Tentative Schedule:

February 27 – Australia – Phillip Island

March 27 – Europe – t.b.a

April 17 – The Netherlands – Assen

May 8 – Italy – Monza

May 30 (Monday) – United States – Miller Motorsport Park

June 12 – San Marino – Misano

June 19 – Spain – Motorland Aragon

July 10 – Czech Republic – Brno

July 31 – Great Britain – Silverstone

September 4 – Germany – Nurburgring

September 25 – Italy – t.b.a

October 2 – France – Magny Cours

October 16 – Portugal – Portimao

The tentative roster for superbike teams is as follows:

Aprilia Alitalia

Max Biaggi (not confirmed)

Leon Camier (confirmed)

Suzuki Alstare

Michel Fabrizio (expected, not confirmed)

Sylvain Guintoli (expected, not confirmed)

Yamaha Sterilgarda

Marco Melandri (confirmed)

Eugene Laverty (confirmed)

Ten Kate Honda

Jonathan Rea (confirmed – potentially one rider line-up)

BMW Motorrad

Troy Corser (confirmed)

Leon Haslam (confirmed)

Kawasaki SRT

Chris Vermeulen (confirmed)

Tom Sykes (confirmed – but only two seats available)

Joan Lascorz (confirmed)

Althea Ducati

Carlos Checa (confirmed)

2nd bike TBC

Liberty Ducati

Jakub Smrz (confirmed)

Pedercini Kawasaki

Tom Sykes (alternative pending Kawasaki SRT situation)

DFX Corse Aprilia

Noriyuki Haga (confirmed)

Max Neukirchner is strongly rumored to be going to Ducati Supersonic

Presently this leaves some big names without confirmed rides for 2011. One of those is Rueben Xaus. The biggest non-participant right now however is Ducati.

The Italian manufacturer has virtually owned the series since its inception and a virtual bomb was dropped when they announced after mid-season they were pulling out.

The factory will be supplying bikes and parts to satellite teams but the familiar Xerox racing livery will be absent.

The current global financial crisis has hit racing hard, resulting in a number of sponsors reducing their support or dropping out of the series all together. Several teams-such as powerhouse Ten Kate-may reshuffle into a single rider team in both Superbike and Supersport in an effort to cut costs.

As the remaining chips fall into place we will keep you posted. Despite the annual musical chairs that is silly season, rest assured the 2011 season is going to be another barn burner, with a grid full of talent all vying for that coveted title.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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