MAHI India KawasakiKenan Sofuoglu
Declining the opportunity to front MAHI's move into the World Superbike Championship, Kenan Sofuoglu hangs back to target a record-breaking fourth World Supersport title instead. With Sam Lowes heading to Moto2, Sofuoglu is certainly the hot favourite for 2014 and his comfortable margin in testing suggests he is certainly the man to beat.

MV Agusta RC Yakhnich MotorsportJules CluzelVladimir Leonov
Following its historic title win in 2013 with Sam Lowes and Yamaha machinery, Yakhnich Motorsport heads into a new era for 2014 as it takes on MV Agusta's factory effort. Though much emphasis is being placed on its Superbike debut, MV Agusta - which showed impressive flashes of pace under the stewardship of ParkinGO in 2013 - has created a convincing Supersport set-up, luring former runner-up and Superbike standout Jules Cluzel to front its line-up, while Vladimir Leonov has shown hints of breaking through into a regular front runner.

PATA Honda WSSLorenzo ZanettiMichael van der Mark
Gambling on an all-rookie line-up in 2013, PATA Honda may have ended the season without a win, but both Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti left enough of an impression to suggest they could be the closest thing to a rival for Sofuoglu in 2014. In van der Mark, PATA have a prodigious talent, while Zanetti proved himself to be similarly adept on Supersport machinery after an initially slow start. Regular podiums, wins and possibly a title challenge will be considered the minimum target for both.

Kawasaki Intermoto PonyexpresFlorian MarinoPJ JacobsenTony Covena
Described as a 'super-sub' on more than one occasion in 2013, Frenchman Florian Marino finally gets a full-time deal with the Intermoto Kawasaki team as the Czech-based outfit looks to firm its status as the leading satellite Kawasaki entry. For many, however, there will be plenty of attention placed on incoming team-mate PJ Jacobsen, the American turning his back on a promising future in BSB for a shot at international success... given his pace in testing, it seems to have been a shrewd decision. In addition, Intermoto will enter a third ZX-6R for young Dutchman Tony Covena.

DMC Panavto YamahaKev CoghlanAlexey Ivanov
Enjoying a stronger rookie season than many may have anticipated in 2013, Kev Coghlan heads into 2014 looking to turn his flashes of speed into greater consistency. Swapping Kawasaki machinery for a version of the Yamaha that took Sam Lowes to last year's title, DMC's Coghlan is being tipped for regular podiums and maybe the odd win this year. Team-mate Alexey Ivanov, meanwhile, gets a full-time berth on the Panavto-backed bike, but remains an inexperienced entity.

Rivamoto HondaBryan Staring
A last minute entry for both rider and team, Bryan Staring will make a welcome debut at Supersport level this year as he looks to prove his dismal year in MotoGP aboard the uncompetitive Gresini Honda CRT was a measure of machine, not man. Jack Kennedy showed what the once-laughable Rivamoto team is now capable of last season and podiums should definitely be the target for the Australian.

GO Eleven KawasakiChristian GamarinoRoberto Rolfo
After a season tinged with tragedy in 2013, GO Eleven Kawasaki has refocused for 2014 and expanded its entry to two bikes. Combining experience with youth, ex-MotoGP rider Roberto Rolfo and Superstock 600 standout Christian Gamarino form an enticing line-up for GO Eleven as he looks to build on the promise shown by the late Andrea Antonelli prior to his untimely death.

Lorini HondaMarco BussolottiRiccardo Russo
An all-new rider line-up for Lorini Honda in 2014, exciting talent Riccardo Russo joins the team after an eye-catching debut season in 2013. Tipped as a future Italian motorcycling star, Russo is another who should be bothering the podium in 2014, while it will also provide a good barometer for Marco Bussolotti who, after eight years, finally steps up from Superstock 600/1000 level.

CIA Insurance HondaJack KennedyNacho Calero
For Simon Buckmaster's PTR Honda, the less said about 2013, the better. A combination of poor luck, an inexperienced rider line-up and a myriad of technical woes meant the team went without a podium in the category for the first time since 2007. For 2014, the team has slimmed to four riders across two separately branded teams, with Jack Kennedy heading up the CIA Insurance backed side of the garage. Joined by Nacho Calero, who gets a second season with the team, Kennedy is tipped to return the team to winning ways.

Core PTR HondaRatthapark WilairotRaffaele de Rosa
Though Ratthapark Wilairot never exactly shone at Moto2 level, neither had Jules Cluzel prior to his run to second place overall in 2012. Whilst a title challenge is perhaps expecting a lot of the Thai, pre-season testing suggests he could be a useful addition to the Supersport ranks, not to mention open up the series to the passionate south-east Asian market. Another former Moto2 rider, Raffaele de Rosa will look to build on a solid, but not spectacular campaign in 2013.

San Carlo Puccetti KawasakiRoberto Tamburini
A rider that has shown consistent top ten pace without yet making it onto the podium, Roberto Tamburini swaps to Kawasaki machinery in 2014 as Puccetti ups its involvement to a full-season campaign. Russo showed what the bike was capable of in 2013, so the more experienced Tamburini could prove something of a dark horse this year, particularly on home soil where his best results have often occurred.

VFT YamahaFabio Menghi
After a season interrupted by injury, Fabio Menghi returns for another crack at Supersport competition on the VFT Yamaha. A privateer effort in every sense of the word, Menghi was impressively quick in pre-season testing this week, particularly given he cracked the points just twice in 2013, and regular top ten finishes should be the aim.

Com Plus SMS HondaFraser Rogers
After a chance outing towards the end of 2013, Fraser Rogers has earned himself a full-time ride with the Com Plus SMS Honda team. In a year where there are surprisingly few newcomers to the class (and even fewer to the paddock as a whole), young British rider Rogers - who has plied much of his trade in Spain - has a tough task to get the privateer Honda into the upper echelons of a fairly modest, but still good quality field.

RS Wahr by Kraus YamahaKevin Wahr
A champion in his native Germany, Kevin Wahr steps up to the World Supersport Championship in 2014 with his self-funded team. Having made his WSS debut with PTR Honda last season, Wahr shouldn't be disgraced at this level and though his privateer set-up could count against him, he has the credentials to spring a surprise or two... it's a shame then that there is no German round in 2014 for him to really shine at.

 

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