How is the 2021 WorldSBK grid shaping up and what seats are still available?

Thursday, 22 October 2020 14:22 GMT

All five factory teams have sown up their line-ups for 2021 but there are still plenty of seats and riders on the market…

The 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship grid is starting to take shape with more riders being confirmed in the run up to the season-finale at Estoril but with some high-profile riders and teams yet to confirm their plans for next season. MORE HERE

All five factory teams have confirmed their line-ups for next season with Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes remaining at Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK and Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam staying at Team HRC; the only two manufacturers who have kept the same line-up for 2021 as they had in 2020.

The PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team has one new rider for the 2021 season with Andrea Locatelli making the step up to the factory Yamaha team after a stunning debut WorldSSP campaign; the Italian replacing Michael van der Mark who is heading to BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team to partner Tom Sykes. There is change at ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati too as Michael Ruben Rinaldi moves from Team GOELEVEN to replace Chaz Davies, with the Welshman currently without a ride for 2021.

American star Garrett Gerloff will continue for a second season at GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team, joined in 2021 by a new teammate as Japanese rookie Kohta Nozane enters the WorldSBK paddock for the first time. Federico Caricasulo currently does not have a seat for 2021 after his rookie WorldSBK campaign with GRT Yamaha.

Locatelli is not the only rider moving up from WorldSSP after a strong 2020 season with Lucas Mahias sticking with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing for 2021 but in WorldSBK rather than WorldSSP, while Isaac Viñales graduates with ORELAC Racing VerdNatura.

There are currently seven teams who entered WorldSBK full-time in 2020 who have not confirmed their line-up for the 2021 season, including Ten Kate Racing Yamaha and Team GOELEVEN; who duelled it out for Independent honours for both team and rider. While Rinaldi has his future sorted, Loris Baz, who claimed four podiums for Ten Kate Racing in 2020, is still waiting for confirmation on his future.

Takumi Takahashi competed for MIE Racing HONDA Team in 2020 but nothing has been confirmed about where his future will be. At Motocorsa Racing, Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado recently announced he would not be with the team in 2021 with Axel Bassani completing a one-day test at Estoril for the team the day after the chequered flag fell on the 2020 season.

Barni Racing Team, which ran with four riders throughout the 2020 season (Leon Camier, Marco Melandri, Samuele Cavalieri and Matteo Ferrari), is yet to confirm its plans for the 2021 season, nor is OUTDO Kawasaki TPR which had been running Sandro Cortese until the German was injured at Portimao and ruled out for the season. The team had run with Roman Ramos, Valentin Debise and Loris Cresson while Cortese was recovering from his injuries. Brixx Performance has also yet to confirm its plans for the 2021 season after competing in 2020 with Sylvain Barrier.

Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK #1 Jonathan Rea, #22 Alex Lowes

ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati #45 Scott Redding, #21 Michael Ruben Rinaldi

PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team #54 Toprak Razgatlioglu, #55 Andrea Locatelli

Team HRC #19 Alvaro Bautista, #91 Leon Haslam

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team #66 Tom Sykes, #60 Michael van der Mark

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team #31 Garrett Gerloff, Kohta Nozane

Ten Kate Racing Yamaha No rider(s) confirmed

Team GOELEVEN No rider(s) confirmed

Barni Racing Team No rider(s) confirmed

Puccetti Kawasaki Racing #44 Lucas Mahias

OUTDO Kawasaki TPR No rider(s) confirmed

ORELAC Racing VerdNatura #32 Isaac Viñales

MIE Racing HONDA Team No rider(s) confirmed

Motocorsa Racing No rider(s) confirmed

Brixx Performance No rider(s) confirmed

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