Following his dominant run to the 2011 World Supersport title, British motorcycling fans are eagerly anticipating Chaz Davies's debut on the World Superbike stage in 2012. However, while all rumours originally pointed towards him riding a Ducati twin, he instead appeared aboard a Aprilia RSV-4 during post-season testing, much to everyone's surprise.
4. Toseland forced to quit racing due to injury
- 9 September 2011
With two World Superbike titles to his name, it is a shame that James Toseland's career came to a wholly unsatisfying end in 2011, the 2004 and 2007 champion conceding his injured wrist would never recover enough for him to perform at his race-winning best.
5. Bayliss developing 2012 Ducati
- 9 March 2011
Despite the decision to halt its factory presence in the World Superbike Championship, many anticipate a full-scale return by Ducati in 2013, a rumour that intensified when its former champion was spotted testing the new machine in March, later revealed as the 1199 Panigale. The bike will debut in Superstock form in 2012 with a Superbike appearance due in 2013.
6. OFFICIAL: Crescent Suzuki to WSBK
- 21 October 2011
Considering the worry surrounding Yamaha's withdrawal and Suzuki's dwindling WSBK presence, it was a pleasant - and very welcome - surprise when Crescent Racing announced it would be graduating from British Superbikes in 2012. The British team will run a pair of Suzukis with John Hopkins and Leon Camier assuming riding duties.
7. Kawasaki to drop PBM, Sykes for 2012
- 5 September 2011
Tom Sykes's maiden WSBK victory at the Nurburgring should have been the biggest Kawasaki-related headline to emerge from that weekend, but instead the glory was undermined when his team manager Paul Bird chose his moment to announce that both PBM and Sykes were being dropped by the manufacturer for 2012. As it happens, the claim proved premature, with PBM getting axed but Sykes being retained.
8. Aprilia bitter over 'severe' Biaggi penalty
- 9 May 2011