A total of 25 up and coming riders have entered the FIM Superstock Cup class in 2012, which once again includes a strong Italian and French representation.
Although a number of the top performers from 2011, including reigning champion Davide Giugliano, have earned a move to the World Superbike Championship, the line-up of young prospects is guaranteed to produce some top class entertainment this year.
Key contenders include French rider Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia), fourth last year, plus Germany's Markus Reiterberger (BMW Garnier Racing), Aussie Bryan Staring (Pedercini Kawasaki) and Canadian rookie Brett McCormick (Liberty Racing - Team Effenbert Ducati).
Britain's Kev Coghlan DMC Racing Ducati), French rider Loris Baz (MRS Kawasaki) and Italians Lorenzo Savadori (Team Italia - Barni Racing Ducati) and Federico Sandi (Liberty Racing - Team Effenbert Ducati) will be hoping to make their presence felt, in the championship, which gets under way at Imola on April 1.
The provisional entry list includes riders from 14 countries, including Italy (7), France (5) and Brazil (2), while Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden have one rider each.
Five manufacturers are represented, with Ducati again having the highest number of bikes on the grid (10), divided between two models, with six examples of the
new 1199 Panigale and four of the successful 1098R.
Kawasaki continues to be well-represented with nine Ninja ZX-10R machines, shared out amongst seven different teams.
The entry list is completed by three BMW S1000-RRs, two Honda CBR 1000-RRs and an Aprilia RSV-4.