In what is set to be one of the strongest WorldSBK rider line-ups ever, a total of 23 riders including six full-time rookies will line-up in Phillip Island for the season-opener next month. 

Those six rookies include the likes of MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci, former MotoGP rider and Moto2 champion Remy Gardner, back-to-back WorldSSP champion and 2022 MotoE winner Dominique Aegerter, British Superbike champion Bradley Ray, Eric Granado and Lorenzo Baldassarri.

Petrucci joins Barni Racing Ducati after spending one season in MotoAmerica where he came within 20 points of winning the title. 

For Gardner, Aegerter and Ray - all three riders will be aboard Yamaha machinery as the latter joined Motoxracing, while Gardner and Aegerter will be teammates in what is an all-new GRT Yamaha line-up.

Every rider on the grid is contracted until the end of this season, with the exception being six-time WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea, after the Kawasaki rider signed a multi-year deal midway through last season. 

The top three teams in 2022 all remain unchanged as Alvaro Bautista looks to defend his crown alongside Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

For Pata Yamaha, Toprak Razgatlioglu will be eager to regain the championship in what could be his last season in Superbikes. A move to MotoGP continues to be rumoured for 2024 and should Yamaha return to having two teams/four bikes - which is their intention - then that possibility will only increase. 

Andrea Locatelli goes into his third season with the team in 2023, while Alex Lowes is set for his fourth campaign with KRT.

The factory BMW team is also unchanged for 2023 as Scott Redding will again lead the German manufacturer alongside Michael Van Der Mark, who endured a nightmare 202 season due to injury.

Loris Baz has also been retained at the Bonovo Action BMW team, however, there is one change which involves Garrett Gerloff moving across from GRT Yamaha to replace new team manager Eugene Laverty. 

Like BMW, Honda have just one change which sees Granado come across from MotoE to partner Hafizh Syahrin.

Here is the full 2023 WorldSBK line-up.

Confirmed 2023 World Superbike Championship Rider Line-up
TeamRiderBikeContract Racing DucatiAlvaro BautistaDucati Panigale V4 REnd of 2023
Aruba.It Racing DucatiMichael Ruben RinaldiDucati Panigale V4 REnd of 2023
PATA Yamaha WorldSBK TeamToprak RazgatliogluYamaha R1End of 2023
PATA Yamaha WorldSBK TeamAndrea LocatelliYamaha R1End of 2023
Kawasaki Racing TeamJonathan ReaKawasaki ZX10-RREnd of 2024
Kawasaki Racing TeamAlex LowesKawasaki ZX10-RREnd of 2023
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamScott ReddingBMW M 1000 RREnd of 2023
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamMichael Van Der MarkBMW M 1000 RREnd of 2023
Team HRC WorldSBKIker LecuonaHonda CBR1000RR-REnd of 2023
Team HRC WorldSBKXavi ViergeHonda CBR1000RR-REnd of 2023
GRT Yamaha WorldSBK TeamRemy GardnerYamaha R1End of 2023
GRT Yamaha WorldSBK TeamDominique AegerterYamaha R1End of 2023
GoEleven DucatiPhilipp OettlDucati Panigale V4 REnd of 2023
Motocorsa DucatiAxel BassaniDucati Panigale V4 REnd of 2023
Bonovo Action BMWLoris BazBMW M 1000 RREnd of 2023
Bonovo Action BMWGarrett GerloffBMW M 1000 RREnd of 2023
Puccetti KawasakiTom SykesKawasaki ZX10-RREnd of 2023
Barni Spark Ducati TeamDanilo PetrucciDucati Panigale V4 REnd of 2023
Motoxracing Yamaha TeamBradley RayYamaha R1End of 2023
Orelac Racing KawasakiOliver KonigKawasaki ZX10-RREnd of 2023
MIE Honda RacingHafizh SyahrinHonda CBR1000RR-REnd of 2023
MIE Honda RacingEric GranadoHonda CBR1000RR-REnd of 2023
GMT94 YamahaLorenzo BaldassarriYamaha R1End of 2023