Update: Althea Ducati added to testing schedule

The shortened World Superbike testing ban comes to an end on the 4th of January, but the teams won't be out in force until the 14th when the countdown to the new season truly gets underway.

PATA Honda will lead the way with a private test to be held on 14-16th January in Portimao with its new rider line-up of Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark, before travelling to Motorland Aragon in Spain on 19-20 January, where it will be joined by Kawasaki Racing, Pedercini Kawasaki and Grillini Kawasaki.

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Portimao will then host another test on 21-22nd January, attended by Ducati, MV Agusta, BMW Italia, Red Devils Roma, Suzuki, Althea Ducati and EBR, plus the Puccetti Kawasaki WSS team.

Finally, Jerez will see most of the teams convene on January 26-28, with Ducati (WSBK and MotoGP), Red Devils Roma, Kawasaki, MV Agusta, BMW Italia, PATA Honda, Suzuki, Althea Ducati, Pedercini Kawasaki and EBR all heading out on track over the three days.

Following post-season testing in November, highlights of the pre-season January tests will include the Aprilia RSV4 debut of Jordi Torres - who was announced as joining Leon Haslam - and the inclusion of EBR and its new riders Niccolo Canepa and Larry Pegram.

The opening round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship gets underway on February 22nd at Phillip Island in Australia, with two official pre-season tests taking place at the same venue on February 16 and 17.