The FIM has today released a provisional entry list for the 2004 World Superbike championship.

Following controversy over the new one brand (Pirelli) tyre rule and technical regulations, the majority of factory teams declared their absence from this year's series - although Ducati remained due to existing contracts.

However, the entry list below shows that six different manufacturers - Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and Petronas - will still be represented in 2004.

Meanwhile, the nineteen riders committed to the series include regulars' Regis Laconi, Troy Corser, Pier Francesco Chili, James Toseland and Chris Walker, who will be joined by the likes of Chris Vermeulen, Garry McCoy, Noriyuki Haga and Leon Haslam.

Of the three seats still up for grabs, one includes a prize ride alongside reigning Supersport world champion Vermeulen on the new Ten Kate run Honda Fireblade, with the others being at NCR Ducati (alongside McCoy) and in Lucio Pedercini's team.

The opening round of the 2004 championship will take place at Valencia on February 29.

2004 World Superbike provisional entry list

#4 Troy Corser AUS Petronas FP1 Foggy Petronas Racing
#5 Piergiorgio Bontempi ITA Suzuki GSX 1000R Zongshen Team
#6 Mauro Sanchini ITA Kawasaki ZX10 Team Kawasaki Bertocchi
#7 Pier Francesco Chili ITA Ducati 999R Team PSG-1
#8 Ivan Clementi ITA Kawasaki ZX10 Team Kawasaki Bertocchi
#9 Chris Walker GBR Petronas FP1 Foggy Petronas Racing
#12 Warwick Nowland AUS Suzuki GSX 1000R Zongshen Team
#16 Sergio Fuertes ESP Suzuki GSX 1000R MIR Racing
#17 Chris Vermeulen AUS Honda CBR 1000RR Ten Kate Honda
#TBA TBA Honda CBR 1000RR Ten Kate Honda
#19 Lucio Pedercini ITA Ducati 996R Team Pedercini
#TBA TBA Ducati 996R Team Pedercini
#20 Marco Borciani ITA Ducati 999R D.F.X. Racing Team
#23 Jiri Mrkyvka CZE Ducati 996R JM SBK Team
#24 Garry McCoy AUS Ducati 999R Team Caracchi
#TBA TBA ESP Ducati 999R Team Caracchi
#25 Alessio Velini ITA Yamaha YZF R1 UnionBike GiMotorsport
#41 Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati 999R Team Renegade Ducati
#52 James Toseland GBR Ducati 999R Ducati Fila
#55 R?gis Laconi FRA Ducati 999R Ducati Fila
#91 Leon Haslam GBR Ducati 999R Team Renegade Ducati
#99 Steve Martin AUS Ducati 999R D.F.X. Racing Team

 

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