Aprilia is the only remaining factory World Superbike Championship team to confirm its 2010 rider line-up following the confirmation that Tom Sykes will join Kawasaki.

Of the anticipated 14 factory-backed riders, twelve seats have now been officially filled, with Kawasaki revealing it has signed Yamaha refugee Sykes and BMW retaining its line-up of Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus.

While Aprilia are yet to announce its riders for 2010, Max Biaggi, who scored victory on the RSV-4 at Brno and is fourth in the standings heading to the Portimao season finale, is almost certain to remain.

Speculation over who will join him, however, has been rife, with a number of names being mentioned in connection with the team.

Currently, Shinya Nakano holds the seat, but the former MotoGP rider has struggled to match Biaggi consistently following an injury interrupted season. As such, his position in the team is thought to be under threat, most notably from Leon Camier, who rides the RSV-4 for the second time at Portimao.

However, Camier's presence in the team has been attributed to a possible satellite effort in 2010, potentially run by the JiR team that currently prepares the manufacturer's Superstock effort. Although Camier has been coy about the claims, rumours suggest Shane Byrne is in line to join him, reviving a partnership they shared during the 2008 British Superbike season.

Alex de Angelis has also been tipped to join Aprilia, but the Sammarinese rider has publicly said that he is looking to snare a ride with the Scot Honda MotoGP team before pursuing anything in World Superbikes.

More is likely to become clear should Aprilia take to the track for post-season testing at Portimao following the final round of the.

2010 World Superbike Championship grid - confirmed factory signings:

1. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox
2. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox
3. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda
4. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda *
5. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda
6. Max Neukirchner GER Ten Kate Honda
7. Leon Haslam GBR Suzuki Alstare
8. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Alstare *
9. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki SRT
10. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki SRT
11. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad
12. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad
13. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing
14. TBA Aprilia Racing

* World Superbike rookie


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