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.RiderNat.MotorcycleTeam
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki ZX-10RRKawasaki Racing Team
91Leon HaslamGBRKawasaki ZX-10RRKawasaki Racing Team 
7Chaz DaviesGBRDucati Panigale V4ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati
19Alvaro BautistaESPDucati Panigale V4ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati
22Alex LowesGBRYamaha YZF R1Pata Yamaha WorldSBK 
60M Van der MarkNEDYamaha YZF R1Pata Yamaha WorldSBK 
28Markus ReiterbergerGERBMW S1000 RRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK 
66Tom SykesGBRBMW S1000 RRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK
21Michael Ruben RinaldiITADucati Panigale V4BARNI Racing Team
54Toprak RazgatliogluTURKawasaki ZX-10RRTurkish Puccetti Racing
52Alessandro DelbiancoITAHonda CBR1000RRAlthea Mie Racing Team
2Leon CamierGBRHonda CBR1000RRMoriwaki-Althea HONDA 
23Ryuichi KiyonariJPNHonda CBR1000RRMoriwaki-Althea HONDA 
36Leandro MercadoARGKawasaki ZX-10RROrelac Racing VerdNatura
50Eugene LavertyIRLDucati Panigale V4Team Goeleven
81Jordi TorresESPKawasaki ZX-10RRTeam Pedercini Racing
11Sandro CorteseGERYamaha YZF R1GRT Yamaha WorldSBK
33Marco MelandriITAYamaha YZF R1GRT Yamaha WorldSBK

2019 World Supersport Entry List

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RiderNat.MotorcycleTeam
32Isaac ViñalesESPYamaha YZF R6Kallio Racing
36Thomas GradingerAUTYamaha YZF R6Kallio Racing
84Loris CressonBELYamaha YZF R6Kallio Racing
3Raffaele De RosaITAMV Agusta F3 675MV Reparto Corse
22Federico FuligniITAMV Agusta F3 675MV Reparto Corse
21Randy KrummenacherSUIYamaha YZF R6BARDAHL Evan Bros. 
64Federico CaricasuloITAYamaha YZF R6BARDAHL Evan Bros. 
95Jules DaniloFRAHonda CBR600RRCIA Landlord Insurance 
TBAHonda CBR600RRCIA Landlord Insurance 
44Lucas MahiasFRAKawasaki ZX-6RKawasaki Puccetti Racing
78Hikari OkuboJPNKawasaki ZX-6RKawasaki Puccetti Racing
16Jules CluzelFRAYamaha YZF R6GMT94 YAMAHA
94Corentin PerolariFRAYamaha YZF R6GMT94 YAMAHA
38Hannes SoomerESTHonda CBR600RRMPM WILSport Racedays
74Jaimie van SikkelerusNEDHonda CBR600RRMPM WILSport Racedays
15Alfonso CoppolaITAHonda CBR600RRGEMAR – Cioiciaria Corse 
61Gabriele RuiuITAHonda CBR600RRGEMAR – Cioiciaria Corse 
47Rob HartogNEDKawasaki ZX-6RTeam Hartog Against Cancer
10Nacho CaleroESPKawasaki ZX-6ROrelac Racing VerdNatura
48Xavier NavandFRAYamaha YZF R6DK MOTORSPORT
30Glenn van StraalenNEDKawasaki ZX-6REAB Racing Team
67Gaetan MaternFRAKawasaki ZX-6RFlembbo Leader Team
6María HerreraESPYamaha YZF R6MS Racing
86Ayrton BadoviniITAKawasaki ZX-6RTeam Pedercini Racing
80Hector BarberaESPYamaha YZF R6Team 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

RiderNat.MotorcycleTeam
4Marc GarciaESPKawasaki Ninja 400DS Junior Team
81Angel HerediaESPKawasaki Ninja 400DS Junior Team
99Francisco GomezESPKawasaki Ninja 400DS Junior Team
6Robert SchotmanNEDKawasaki Ninja 400Kawasaki MOTORPORT
95Scott DeroueNEDKawasaki Ninja 400Kawasaki MOTORPORT
7Eliton Gohara KBRAYamaha YZF-R3BCD Yamaha MS Racing
25Andy VerdoïaFRAYamaha YZF-R3BCD Yamaha MS Racing
36Beatriz NeilaESPYamaha YZF-R3BCD Yamaha MS Racing
47Ferran HMoyanoESPYamaha YZF-R3BCD Yamaha MS Racing
18Manuel GonzalezESPKawasaki Ninja 400ParkinGO Team
27Filippo RovelliITAKawasaki Ninja 400ParkinGO Team
71Tom EdwardsAUSKawasaki Ninja 400ParkinGO Team
17Koen MeuffelsNEDKTM RC 390 RFreudenberg KTM 
97Maximilian KapplerGERKTM RC 390 RFreudenberg KTM 
23Paolo GiacominiITAKawasaki Ninja 400Kawasaki GP Project
32Alexandra PCZEKawasaki Ninja 400Kawasaki GP Project
79Tomas AlonsoPORKawasaki Ninja 400Kawasaki GP Project
88Bruno IeraciITAKawasaki Ninja 400Kawasaki GP Project
13Dino IozzoRSAKawasaki Ninja 400Nutec – RT Motorsports SKM 
20Dorren LoureiroRSAKawasaki Ninja 400Nutec – RT Motorsports SKM
22Nick KalininUKRKawasaki Ninja 400Nutec – RT Motorsports SKM
55Galang H PratamaINAYamaha YZF-R3Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing
65Jacopo FaccoITAYamaha YZF-R3Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing
41Jan-Ole JahnigGERKTM RC 390 RFreudenberg KTM Junior Team
72Victor SteemanNEDKTM RC 390 RFreudenberg KTM Junior 
24Kevin SabatucciITAYamaha YZF-R3Team Trasimeno
64Hugo De CancellisFRAYamaha YZF-R3Team Trasimeno
Omar BonoliITAYamaha YZF-R3Team Trasimeno
19Benjamin T MolinaCHIYamaha YZF-R3TERRA e MOTO
30Daniel BlinPOLYamaha YZF-R3TERRA e MOTO
11Kevin ArduiniITAKawasaki Ninja 4002R Racing Team
82Jack HydeAUSKawasaki Ninja 4002R Racing Team
52Oliver KönigCZEKawasaki Ninja 400ACCR Czech Talent Team – Willi Race
77Vojtech SchwarzCZEKawasaki Ninja 400ACCR Czech Talent Team – Willi Race
44Tom BramichAUSKawasaki Ninja 400Carl Cox – RT Motorsports by SKM
9Steffie NaudFRAKawasaki Ninja 400Flembbo Leader Team
14Enzo De La VegaFRAKawasaki Ninja 400Flembbo Leader Team
1Ana CarrascoESPKawasaki Ninja 400Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300
66Dion OttenNEDKawasaki Ninja 400MTM Racing Team
69Jeffrey BuisNEDKawasaki Ninja 400MTM Racing Team
15Manuel BastianelliITAKawasaki Ninja 400Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki
78Joseph ForayFRAKawasaki Ninja 400Prodina IRCOS Kawasaki
54Bahattin SofuogluTURKawasaki Ninja 400Puccetti Junior Team
Marco CarusiITAKawasaki Ninja 400Puccetti Junior Team
8Mika PerezESPKawasaki Ninja 400Scuderia Maranga Racing
21Borja SanchezESPKawasaki Ninja 400Scuderia Maranga Racing
3Mateo PedeneauFRAYamaha YZF-R3Team MHP Racing
12Romain DoreFRAYamaha YZF-R3Team MHP Racing
33Kyrian HartmannFRAYamaha YZF-R3 Team MHP Racing
93Adrien QuinetFRAHonda CBR500R TGP Racing