WSBK grid 2011 - Provisional

The World Superbike grid for 2011 is slowly beginning to take shape as the final round of the 2010 season looms.
A rush of announcements in recent weeks have served to firm up a few positions on the 2011 World Superbike Championship grid, though much is still to be decided.

The most obvious change to the list below is the absence of the factory Ducati team, which will withdraw from World Superbikes at the end of this weekend's event at Magny-Cours. Though their place will be assumed by privateer entries – Carlos Checa and Jakub Smrz so far -, the Italian firm's decision to quit will still be felt next year.

Elsewhere, Yamaha and BMW have firmed up their line-ups with the former luring MotoGP rider Marco Melandri and Supersport race winner Eugene Laverty, while the latter will be fronted by Troy Corser and Leon Haslam.

Haslam's defection came as a result of Suzuki's decision to limit its factory involvement, the Alstare team down to just one bike as a result, while Ten Kate Honda could be forced to follow suit with just a single machine for Jonathan Rea.

Aprilia will retain its champion Max Biaggi and British protégé Leon Camier, while Kawasaki finds itself in the unusual position of having too many talented riders disputing its two seats, with Tom Sykes's recent form creating a major headache for bosses who had originally plotted a Chris Vermeulen-Joan Lascorz line-up.

More will become clear as the weekend progresses no doubt as testing is due to start in earnest at Magny-Cours just a day after the races.

Aprilia Alitalia
Max Biaggi
Leon Camier

Suzuki Alstare
Michel Fabrizio
Sylvain Guintoli

Yamaha Sterilgarda
Marco Melandri
Eugene Laverty

Ten Kate Honda
Jonathan Rea

BMW Motorrad
Troy Corser
Leon Haslam

Kawasaki SRT
Chris Vermeulen
Tom Sykes
Joan Lascorz

Althea Ducati
Carlos Checa
2nd bike TBC

Liberty Ducati
Jakub Smrz

Pedercini Kawasaki
Tom Sykes

DFX Aprilia
Noriyuki Haga

Italics represent rumoured, not confirmed

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September 29, 2010 11:23 AM

for crying out loud Kawasaki,put Sykes on factory bike.Lascorz is badly injured,has very little(if any) experience on a Superbike.Put him on the Pedercini bike if he is contracted already for next year.

Haga Fan - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 11:43 AM

Or give Pedercini increased support, they've been in WSBK for a while now & must be sick of running around at the back. If they new ZX-10 is the bike Kawasaki are hoping for then Pedercini will be taking a leap up the grin won't they? I hope Guintoli gets the Suzuki ride becuase we've seen enough of Fabrizio to know that he'll only be inconsistant. Guintoli may yet improve.

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