The World Superbike provisional rider-entry list swelled to 26 riders for the 2015 season, which will occur over 14 rounds.This year, eight manufacturers will be represented during 2015 World SBK – Aprilia (RSV4 RF), BMW (S1000RR), Ducati (1199 Panigale R), EBR (1190 RX), Honda (CBR1000RR SP), Kawasaki (ZX-10R Ninja), MV Agusta (F4RR) and Suzuki (GSX-R1000).
The season begins February 22 at Phillip Island in Australia, where Sylvain Guintoli will began defending his title. Guintoli secured the 2014 title with Aprilia, but has signed with Team Pata Honda, where he will ride next to the 2014 World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark.Following is the provisional rider list for 2015 World Superbike:1 – 81 Jordi Torres / ESP / Aprilia RSV4 RF / Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils2 – 91 Leon Haslam / GBR / Aprilia RSV4 RF / Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils3 – 65 Jonathan Rea / GBR / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Kawasaki Racing Team4 – 66 Tom Sykes / GBR / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Kawasaki Racing Team5 – 1 Sylvain Guintoli / FRA / Honda CBR1000RR SP / PATA Honda World Superbike Team6 – 60 Michael van der Mark / NED / Honda CBR1000RR SP / PATA Honda World Superbike Team7 – 7 Chaz Davies / GBR / Ducati Panigale R / Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team8 – 34 Davide Giugliano / ITA / Ducati Panigale R / Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team9 – 14 Randy De Puniet / FRA / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / VOLTCOM Crescent Suzuki10 – 22 Alex Lowes / GBR / Suzuki GSX-R1000 / VOLTCOM Crescent Suzuki11 – 15 Matteo Baiocco / ITA / Ducati Panigale R / Althea Racing12 – 18 Nicolas Terol / ESP / Ducati Panigale R / Althea Racing13 – 44 David Salom / ESP / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Team Pedercini14 – TBA / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Team Pedercini15 – 23 / Christophe Ponsson / LUX / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Grillini SBK Team16 – 51 / Santiago Barragan / ESP / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Grillini SBK Team17 – 2 Leon Camier / GBR / MV Agusta 1000 F4 / MV Agusta Reparto Corse18 – 10 Imre Toth / HUN / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Team Toth19 – 75 Gábor Rizmayer / HUN / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Team Toth20 – 36 Leandro Mercado / ARG / Ducati Panigale R / BARNI Racing Team21 – 20 Sylvain Barrier / FRA / BMW S1000 RR / BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team22 – 24 Toni Elias / ESP / BMW S1000 RR / JR Racing Team23 – 86 Ayrton Badovini / ITA / BMW S1000 RR / JR Racing Team24 – 40 Roman Ramos / ESP / Kawasaki ZX-10R / Team Go Eleven25 – 59 Niccolò Canepa / ITA / EBR 1190 RX / Team Hero EBR26 – 72 Larry Pegram / USA / EBR 1190 RX / Team Hero EBR
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.