2019 WSBK Entry List

International organisers, DORNA, released entry lists for the world superbike and world supersport categories over the weekend, with a stellar line-up for both categories set to debut at Phillip Island’s season kick-off of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship from February 22-24.

The WorldSBK grid sees seasoned pros going into battle against world champions from the grand prix ranks, as well as a couple of hotshots returning to the production series for the Yamaha Finance round.

Led by reigning world champion Jonathan Rea, 10 riders on the 2019 WorldSBK grid have won a total of 181 races between them. Rea has a whopping 71 one of those, followed by Tom Sykes (34), Chaz Davies (29), Marco Melandri (22), Eugene Laverty (13), Leon Haslam (5), Ryuichi Kiyonari (5), Michael van der Mark (2), Alex Lowes (1) and Jordi Torres (1).

Haslam and Kiyonari return to the WorldSBK ranks in 2019 – the latter for the first time since 2009 – while the grand prix stars are Spaniard Alvaro Bautista and German Sandro Cortese. And they bring with them major firepower: Bautista was the 2006 125cc champion and went on to win 16 races in the lightweight and intermediate classes before moving into MotoGP, where he was a three-time podium finisher; while Cortese was the 2012 Moto3 champion and in 2018 clinched the world supersport title in his first attempt.

With Cortese now on the WorldSBK circuit, the 25 rider WorldSSP grid boasts many of last year’s title contenders determined to gain 2019 class honours. Lucas Mahias moves to Kawasaki taking the spot of retired five-time world champ Kenan Sofuoglu and pairing with Japanese Hikari Okubo for 2019. Jules Cluzel will ride alongside Corentin Perolari in the all-French Yamaha team, while Randy Krummenacher, Ayrton Badovini and Raffaele De Rosa all return. History will be made, when Spain’s Maria Herrera (MS Racing) becomes the first female to take a full-time WorldSSP ride.

As a bonus for fans, the new three-race WorldSBK format launches, with the 10 lap Sunday midday sprint adding to the 2 x 22 lap traditional WorldSBK 3pm races on Saturday and Sunday. WorldSSP will contest one 18 lap battle on Sunday at 1.15pm. An advance three-day ticket is just $120* and includes free Paddock Access from www.worldsbk.com.au or Ticketek. Kids 15 and under are free.


Let’s take a closer look at the proposed 2019 WorldSBK grid

Four-time world champion Rea will remain at home with his Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK and crew chief Pere Riba, both focussed on a record-breaking title number 5.

But there’s been a change on the other side of the garage, as Haslam joins the squad. Signing a one-year deal, the British champion returns to WorldSBK for the first time since 2015 – although we have seen him every year since then during wildcard appearances.

It’s a similar story over in the Aruba.it Racing Ducati garage, with Davies remaining with the team for a sixth season on board the sensational new Panigale V4 R. He’s finished runner-up on three occasions in WorldSBK, and this year has a new face on the other side of the garage – MotoGP recruit Alvaro Bautista who’s pace in early testing has been impressive.

There will be no changes at the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, as van der Mark and Lowes line up with their YZF-R1s for the third season in a row. Both riders took their first WorldSBK wins in 2018; van der Mark took the double victory around Donington Park, and Lowes followed with the race two win around Brno.

Welcoming the return of BMW as a factory support, the BMW Motarrad WorldSBK Team, run by Shaun Muir Racing, will be lining up on the grid with reigning STK1000 champion Markus Reiterberger and 2013 WorldSBK champion Sykes. Reiterberger, who dominated the STK1000 class on a BMW in 2018, has experience in WorldSBK, while Sykes boasts some of the most experience in the paddock.

Fielding a third Ducati Panigale V4 R in 2019 will be the Barni Racing Team, which has signed Michael Ruben Rinaldi. The Italian already has one year of experience in the WorldSBK class under his belt. Joining the best independent team of 2018, who secured six podiums last season, his experience and relationship with Ducati will no doubt help to continue this into 2019.

Making the step up from the European Superstock 1000 Championship, Alessandro Delbianco will line up on the grid with the new Althea MIE Racing Team as it makes the switch to Honda – aligned with the mighty Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) returning to the championship for the first time since 2002.

British rider Leon Camier will stick with Althea and Honda after a tough season, joined by Japanese legend Kiyonari. Camier had a strong start to 2018 but ended in 12th overall after being plagued by injury and bike problems. Kiyonari has 53 race starts to his name, with three wins overall and experience in many national superbike championships.

Yamaha will run a second factory supported team in 2019, with Cortese and Melandri lining up for the GRT Yamaha WSBK Team. Cortese is keen to adapt his riding style for the new season ahead. Melandri, a WorldSBK race winner in 2018, joins Cortese – the veteran back with Yamaha for the first time since 2011.

Sticking with the same team for 2019 will be Toprak Razgatlioglu, who heads into his second season with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing. The young Turkish star was able to secure two podiums in 2018, as he continues to get to grips with the ZX-10RR. Securing the STK1000 title in 2017, Razgatlioglu has a natural speed which he is continuing to define with the WorldSBK machine.

Jordi Torres makes his return to the WorldSBK paddock after a brief stint in MotoGP as a replacement rider. The Spanish rider is joining Team Pedercini Racing for 2019, and will make his debut on the Kawasaki machine, debuting on the ZX-10RR. Independent Kawasaki rider Leandro Mercado (Orelac VerdNatura) sticks with his 2018 team, while Eugene Laverty moves from Aprilia to Team GoEleven’s new Ducati Panigale V4R.

The full WorldSBK grid begins pre-season testing again in late January, with the final shakedown at Phillip Island on February 18-19 ahead of round one and the three-race formula debut. Also on the agenda is an 18-lap world supersport race and nine national support races, kicking off the 2019 Australian title chase for superbike, supersport and supersport 300.


Tickets now on sale

A three-day general admission ticket, including free paddock access is $120* secured in advance, or $230* when you add camping to your purchase an available at www.worldsbk.com.au or Ticketek. Kids 15 and under, accompanied by a full paying adult, are free for track entry and camping.

*All ticket prices quoted purchased in advance and subject to Ticketek service and handling fees. Book now and save on gate prices.
^Children 15 and under are free and must be accompanied by a paying adult.

N. Rider Nat. Motorcycle Team
1 Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki ZX-10RR Kawasaki Racing Team
91 Leon Haslam GBR Kawasaki ZX-10RR Kawasaki Racing Team 
7 Chaz Davies GBR Ducati Panigale V4 ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati
19 Alvaro Bautista ESP Ducati Panigale V4 ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati
22 Alex Lowes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK 
60 M Van der Mark NED Yamaha YZF R1 Pata Yamaha WorldSBK 
28 Markus Reiterberger GER BMW S1000 RR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK 
66 Tom Sykes GBR BMW S1000 RR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
21 Michael Ruben Rinaldi ITA Ducati Panigale V4 BARNI Racing Team
54 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Kawasaki ZX-10RR Turkish Puccetti Racing
52 Alessandro Delbianco ITA Honda CBR1000RR Althea Mie Racing Team
2 Leon Camier GBR Honda CBR1000RR Moriwaki-Althea HONDA 
23 Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR Moriwaki-Althea HONDA 
36 Leandro Mercado ARG Kawasaki ZX-10RR Orelac Racing VerdNatura
50 Eugene Laverty IRL Ducati Panigale V4 Team Goeleven
81 Jordi Torres ESP Kawasaki ZX-10RR Team Pedercini Racing
11 Sandro Cortese GER Yamaha YZF R1 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK
33 Marco Melandri ITA Yamaha YZF R1 GRT Yamaha WorldSBK

2019 World Supersport Entry List

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Rider Nat. Motorcycle Team
32 Isaac Viñales ESP Yamaha YZF R6 Kallio Racing
36 Thomas Gradinger AUT Yamaha YZF R6 Kallio Racing
84 Loris Cresson BEL Yamaha YZF R6 Kallio Racing
3 Raffaele De Rosa ITA MV Agusta F3 675 MV Reparto Corse
22 Federico Fuligni ITA MV Agusta F3 675 MV Reparto Corse
21 Randy Krummenacher SUI Yamaha YZF R6 BARDAHL Evan Bros. 
64 Federico Caricasulo ITA Yamaha YZF R6 BARDAHL Evan Bros. 
95 Jules Danilo FRA Honda CBR600RR CIA Landlord Insurance 
TBA Honda CBR600RR CIA Landlord Insurance 
44 Lucas Mahias FRA Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
78 Hikari Okubo JPN Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
16 Jules Cluzel FRA Yamaha YZF R6 GMT94 YAMAHA
94 Corentin Perolari FRA Yamaha YZF R6 GMT94 YAMAHA
38 Hannes Soomer EST Honda CBR600RR MPM WILSport Racedays
74 Jaimie van Sikkelerus NED Honda CBR600RR MPM WILSport Racedays
15 Alfonso Coppola ITA Honda CBR600RR GEMAR – Cioiciaria Corse 
61 Gabriele Ruiu ITA Honda CBR600RR GEMAR – Cioiciaria Corse 
47 Rob Hartog NED Kawasaki ZX-6R Team Hartog Against Cancer
10 Nacho Calero ESP Kawasaki ZX-6R Orelac Racing VerdNatura
48 Xavier Navand FRA Yamaha YZF R6 DK MOTORSPORT
30 Glenn van Straalen NED Kawasaki ZX-6R EAB Racing Team
67 Gaetan Matern FRA Kawasaki ZX-6R Flembbo Leader Team
6 María Herrera ESP Yamaha YZF R6 MS Racing
86 Ayrton Badovini ITA Kawasaki ZX-6R Team Pedercini Racing
80 Hector Barbera ESP Yamaha YZF R6 Team Toth by Willirace

2019 Supersport 300 Entry List

WorldSBK Portimao WSS Pole Tom Edwards
Tom Edwards has experience at the tracks and is set to shine in 2019

Supersport

Rider Nat. Motorcycle Team
4 Marc Garcia ESP Kawasaki Ninja 400 DS Junior Team
81 Angel Heredia ESP Kawasaki Ninja 400 DS Junior Team
99 Francisco Gomez ESP Kawasaki Ninja 400 DS Junior Team
6 Robert Schotman NED Kawasaki Ninja 400 Kawasaki MOTORPORT
95 Scott Deroue NED Kawasaki Ninja 400 Kawasaki MOTORPORT
7 Eliton Gohara K BRA Yamaha YZF-R3 BCD Yamaha MS Racing
25 Andy Verdoïa FRA Yamaha YZF-R3 BCD Yamaha MS Racing
36 Beatriz Neila ESP Yamaha YZF-R3 BCD Yamaha MS Racing
47 Ferran HMoyano ESP Yamaha YZF-R3 BCD Yamaha MS Racing
18 Manuel Gonzalez ESP Kawasaki Ninja 400 ParkinGO Team
27 Filippo Rovelli ITA Kawasaki Ninja 400 ParkinGO Team
71 Tom Edwards AUS Kawasaki Ninja 400 ParkinGO Team
17 Koen Meuffels NED KTM RC 390 R Freudenberg KTM 
97 Maximilian Kappler GER KTM RC 390 R Freudenberg KTM 
23 Paolo Giacomini ITA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Kawasaki GP Project
32 Alexandra P CZE Kawasaki Ninja 400 Kawasaki GP Project
79 Tomas Alonso POR Kawasaki Ninja 400 Kawasaki GP Project
88 Bruno Ieraci ITA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Kawasaki GP Project
13 Dino Iozzo RSA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Nutec – RT Motorsports SKM 
20 Dorren Loureiro RSA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Nutec – RT Motorsports SKM
22 Nick Kalinin UKR Kawasaki Ninja 400 Nutec – RT Motorsports SKM
55 Galang H Pratama INA Yamaha YZF-R3 Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing
65 Jacopo Facco ITA Yamaha YZF-R3 Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing
41 Jan-Ole Jahnig GER KTM RC 390 R Freudenberg KTM Junior Team
72 Victor Steeman NED KTM RC 390 R Freudenberg KTM Junior 
24 Kevin Sabatucci ITA Yamaha YZF-R3 Team Trasimeno
64 Hugo De Cancellis FRA Yamaha YZF-R3 Team Trasimeno
Omar Bonoli ITA Yamaha YZF-R3 Team Trasimeno
19 Benjamin T Molina CHI Yamaha YZF-R3 TERRA e MOTO
30 Daniel Blin POL Yamaha YZF-R3 TERRA e MOTO
11 Kevin Arduini ITA Kawasaki Ninja 400 2R Racing Team
82 Jack Hyde AUS Kawasaki Ninja 400 2R Racing Team
52 Oliver König CZE Kawasaki Ninja 400 ACCR Czech Talent Team – Willi Race
77 Vojtech Schwarz CZE Kawasaki Ninja 400 ACCR Czech Talent Team – Willi Race
44 Tom Bramich AUS Kawasaki Ninja 400 Carl Cox – RT Motorsports by SKM
9 Steffie Naud FRA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Flembbo Leader Team
14 Enzo De La Vega FRA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Flembbo Leader Team
1 Ana Carrasco ESP Kawasaki Ninja 400 Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300
66 Dion Otten NED Kawasaki Ninja 400 MTM Racing Team
69 Jeffrey Buis NED Kawasaki Ninja 400 MTM Racing Team
15 Manuel Bastianelli ITA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki
78 Joseph Foray FRA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki
54 Bahattin Sofuoglu TUR Kawasaki Ninja 400 Puccetti Junior Team
Marco Carusi ITA Kawasaki Ninja 400 Puccetti Junior Team
8 Mika Perez ESP Kawasaki Ninja 400 Scuderia Maranga Racing
21 Borja Sanchez ESP Kawasaki Ninja 400 Scuderia Maranga Racing
3 Mateo Pedeneau FRA Yamaha YZF-R3 Team MHP Racing
12 Romain Dore FRA Yamaha YZF-R3 Team MHP Racing
33 Kyrian Hartmann FRA Yamaha YZF-R3  Team MHP Racing
93 Adrien Quinet FRA Honda CBR500R  TGP Racing