The 2014 World Superbike Championship resumes this week after a lengthy break between events with the second round of the season at Motorland Aragon set to herald a nine manufacturer-strong entry.

With seven weeks having passed since the opening round of the 2014 season at Phillip Island, WSBK gets underway again in Spain with the big news being the introduction of Bimota, which brings the manufacturer count to nine.

Though the marque's route to the 2014 starting grid has been fraught with controversy due to question marks over whether the BB3 can be homologated, Bimota will be present in Spain with its EVO-specification, Alstare-prepared machine, ridden by Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon.

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Listed as 'subject to homologation', Bimota - which had its first test in Portugal last week - brings the tally of manufacturers to nine and bolsters the EVO ranks to 12.

Elsewhere, the only other notable change from the opening round is the return to Leon Camier, the former Aprilia and Suzuki rider drafted in to replace Sylvain Barrier at BMW Italia after the unfortunate Frenchman - who was already nursing pelvis injuries from a crash in Australia - was seriously hurt in a road car accident between events.

Though Barrier has targeted Assen for his WSBK return date, Camier will be in his place until the double Superstockk 1000 champion can resume his place on the grid.