Moto2 racers Dominique Aegerter and Bo Bendsneyder have become the latest riders to trade the GP paddock for the WorldSBK one with a switch to the WorldSSP Championship in 2021.

Converts from the intermediate GP class have enjoyed substantial success in recent years, with Randy Krummenacher victorious in 2019 before he was succeeded by Andrea Locatelli, whose dominant 13 wins from 15 races have earned him a factory Yamaha WorldSBK ride in 2021.

As such, it’s little to surprise to find others inspired to follow suit, with experienced Swiss racer Aegerter penning a deal that will see him join the nine-time WorldSSP title-winning Ten Kate Racing team. 

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A rider that can trace his origins in GP racing back to 2006, Aegerter is a race winner at Moto2 level. at the Sachsenring in 2014, the same year he achieved his best overall standing of fifth overall. Despite the WorldSSP move, Aegerter will still have a presence in GP through a stint in MotoE, where he finished third in the standings  in 2020.

Joining him in making the switch is Bendsneyder, who has spent the last three seasons competing in Moto2 on both Tech 3 and NTS machinery. A two-time podium winner at Moto3 level, Bendsneyder’s switch comes hot on the heels of his best finish and first top ten result in Moto2 with an eighth place in Valencia.

For 2021 he will ride fellow Dutch-flagged EAB team, which also comes with technical support from Ten Kate Racing.

With Locatelli one of three WorldSSP riders stepping up to WorldSBK in 2021 - together with Lucas Mahias (Puccetti Kawasaki) and Isaac Vinales (Orelac Kawasaki) = it’s largely all change at the front of the WorldSSP field in 2021.

Taking Locatelli’s place at BARDAHL Evan Bros. Yamaha - dominant title winners for the past two seasons with 20 wins from 27 races - is another Moto2 alumni in Steve Odendaal, the South African switching over after finishing fifth overall in WorldSSP with Ten Kate Racing.

Moto3 race winner Can Oncu replaces Mahias at Puccetti Kawasaki, alongside yet another former GP rider in Philipp Oettl, while Jules Cluzel stays put with the GMT 94 Yamaha team alongside the returning Federico Caricasulo.