2014 World Superbike Rider RosterThe FIM has released the provisional rider-entry list for the 2014 World Superbike Championship, which will feature 14 rounds.
Twenty-seven riders will fill the grid on nine different manufactures – Aprilia (RSV4), Bimota (BB3; subject to homologation), BMW (S1000RR), Ducati (Panigale 1199R), Erik Buell Racing (1190 RX), Honda (CBR1000RR), Kawasaki (ZX-10R Ninja), MV Agusta (F4 RR), and Suzuki (GSX-R 1000).The newest manufacturers on the grid are Bimota, Erik Buell Racing and MV Agusta.Bimota will enter its BMW-powered BB3 with Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon, but the Alstare-managed team has yet to be confirmed.Erik Buell Racing will be the first American manufacturer on the World Superbike grid since the series debuted in 1988. With title-sponsor Hero MotoCorp, EBR will field two American riders – Aaron Yates and Geoff May, both known throughout the AMA SuperBike paddock.MV Agusta announced its official return to the series in November. With partner Yakhnich Motorsports, the Italian-based manufacturer will field one F4RR with Claudio Corti at the controls.Heading into 2014 World Superbike, which gets underway February 23 at Phillip Island, Australia, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes is the reigning champion. The battle came down to the final round when Sykes beat Eugene Laverty (then Aprilia) to earn his first-ever World SBK title. It was also Kawasaki’s first since Scott Russell took the 1993 title aboard a ZXR750.For a week-by-week racing schedule of 2014 World SBK, and all other series, click here.2014 World Superbike Provisional Rider Entry List:
33 Marco Melandri ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory SBK Aprilia Racing Team
50 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia RSV4 1000 Factory SBK Aprilia Racing Team
52 Sylvain Barrier FRA BMW S1000 RR SBK EVO BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team
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 Alexander Thomas Lowes GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 SBK Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.