Loris Cresson is set to be confirmed as the lone Pedercini Kawasaki rider for the 2022 WorldSBK championship. 

Cresson, who competed for Pedercini Kawasaki as part of a two-rider team last season, was expected to do so once again this upcoming season. 

But with 2013 world champion Tom Sykes and more recently Leon Haslam electing to go elsewhere - Haslam has officially joined Lee Hardy Racing Kawasaki in BSB - the team now finds itself without a second rider. 

At the end of January, Dorna published the official WorldSBK entry list for the upcoming season, with Pedercini Kawasaki the only team without their rider line-up confirmed. 

Part of the delay in Team Owner Lucio Pedercini announcing his plans is due to Chinese main sponsor Outdo Batteries not yet confirming whether it will continue to back the team. 

Pedercini Kawasaki have been a mainstay inside the Superbike class since 1998, but with pre-season testing fully underway, getting its 2022 plans finalised, and quickly, is paramount for both the team and Cresson who had a tough 2021 campaign.

The Belgian rider scored points on just one occasion which came during race one at Assen.  

Once Cresson officially joins the team, it means a 24-rider grid will be complete while Cresson and Pedercini will be the fifth ZX-10RR to be confirmed after KRT duo Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, Puccetti’s Lucas Mahias and the series’ youngest rider Oliver Konig who will ride for Orelac Racing Verdnatura.   

Confirmed 2022 WorldSBK grid: 

Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK: Toprak Razgatlioglu/Andrea Locatelli

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team: Garrett Gerloff/Kohta Nozane

Gil Motor Sport-Yamaha: Christophe Ponsson

Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team: Isaac Vinales

Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK Team: Jonathan Rea/Alex Lowes

Puccetti Kawasaki: Lucas Mahias

Orelac Racing Verdnatura: Oliver Konig

Pedercini Kawasaki: Loris Cresson*

Aruba.it Racing Ducati: Alvaro Bautista/Michael Rinaldi

Motocorsa Racing: Axel Bassani

Team GoEleven Ducati: Philipp Oettl

Barni Spark Ducati: Luca Bernardi

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: Scott Redding/Michael Van Der Mark

Bonovo Action BMW: Loris Baz/Eugene Laverty

Team HRC: Iker Lecuona/Xavi Vierge

MIE Racing Honda Team: Leandro Mercado/Hafizh Syahrin