24 entries for World Superbike grid

FIM release provisional grid for the 2012 World Superbike season

Posted: 20 January 2012
by Visordown News

THE FIM has issued the entry list for the 2012 World Superbike championship, showing 24 full-time riders for the 25th anniversary of the series.

Six manufacturers will be represented in the 2012 season, with the majority of the spots on the grid taken up with seven Ducati bikes, but there will also be five BMW riders, four Kawasaki, three from Aprilia and Honda and two Suzukis.

2011 champion, Carlos Checa has opted to continue with his number 7, instead of racing with the number 1 plate.

For 2012 there is a healthy compliment of rookies in the series including; Chaz Davies, Raffaele De Rosa, Leandro Mercado, Lorenzo Zanetti, Hiroshi Aoyama and Davide Giugliano. BSB runner-up John Hopkins also returns to the World stage, stepping up with Crescent Suzuki.

One notable absentee is Noriyuki Haga, who has so far been unable to secure a ride for the 2012 season. The Japanese rider was rumoured to be taking a ride on-board a Ducati, but there have also been talks of Haga trying for rides in BSB and in Japan and retirement has also been hinted at for the veteran.

2012 World Superbike entry list:

3. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Aprilia Racing Team
58. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia RSV4 Aprilia Racing Team
7. Carlos Checa ESP Ducati 1098R Althea Racing
34. Davide Giugliano ITA Ducati 1098R Althea Racing
50. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Ducati 1098R Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
96. Jakub Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R Team Effenbert Liberty Racing
33. Marco Melandri ITA BMW S1000RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport
91. Leon Haslam GBR BMW S1000RR BMW Motorrad Motorsport
4. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda CBR1000RR Honda World Superbike Team
65. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR Honda World Superbike Team
84. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW S1000RR BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team
86. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW S1000RR BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team
78. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA Ducati 1098R PATA Racing Team
17. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki Racing Team
66. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki Racing Team
36. Leandro Mercado ARG Kawasaki ZX-10R Team Pedercini
44. David Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R Team Pedercini
21. John Hopkins USA Suzuki GSX-R1000 Crescent Suzuki
TBC. Leon Camier GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 Crescent Suzuki
TBC. Mark Aitchison AUS BMW S1000RR Grillini Progea Superbike Team
121. Maxime Berger FRA Ducati 1098R Liberty Racing - Team Effenbert
19. Chaz Davies GBR Aprilia RSV4 1000 F ParkinGO Aprilia Racing Team
35. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Honda CBR1000RR Pro Ride Motorsports
59. Niccolò Canepa ITA Ducati 1098R Team Ducati Roma

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Wow, World Superbike and only 24 riders in the world have the intrest or can afford to compete ???
Moto GP only 21 riders on the grid including CRT
Moto 2 is more entertaining to watch than Both !
Promoters are trying to sell me on going to a WSB or GP only to watch 2 days of practice laps only to see a couple hours at best of racing !
Meanwhile I'm suposed to spend hundreds on their huge sideshow of venders for entertainment.
Moto gp at some point will be strap the rider to the bike and the computer geeks will race the bikes with a Joystick from the pit.
How about an afordable CRT class then Superbike with a slew of supersport classes.
A race weekend with the grids full and lots of RACING not 1or 2 bike parades

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 13:36

Right, it's Friday, I've had a particularly bad morning at work so now I'm gonna vent some spleen:

WOW!! Only 24 riders on the grid for WSBK...Jesus, it's a disaster, they might as well not fucking bother eh!!! What do you want exactly? Maybe 200 bikes on the grid all with machine guns and knives? Will that engage your interest enough? If you don't like it, don't fucking watch it. End of.

Do you have ANY idea how much it costs to run a WSBK / Moto GP / CRT team for a year all in? Have you SEEN the amount of riders that are nearly flogging a kidney just so they can actually get out there and race?

As for wanting you to spend hundreds of your hard earned at merch stalls, if you do that, then more fool you. I go to watch bike racing to, strangely enough, WATCH BIKE RACING. I LOVE the practice days. I love the fact I get to watch state of the art machines tested to their limits by the best riders on the planet. The whole thing is utterly fascinating, from a technical and an entertainment perspective. Might I suggest something like banger racing might be a little more up your strasse Mr. D.

*climbs of soapbox*....

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 14:20

Wow you did have a bad morning, I watched my first race in the sixties, I've been a motorcycle mechanic for over 35 yrs.
For over 20 yrs I have ridden a Sportbike over 1200 miles each way with nothing but my leathers and a backpack to Laguna for 500 gp's to WSB and GP. I have also Motocrossed, Desert Raced,Drag Raced , Road Raced and Supermoto.
I do know the costs involved
I want to see it possible for all these riders to race with a format that allows them to do so with their skill not their wallet.
I'm as hard core fan and rider as you will find and the show is going down hill.
Some of the best racing I've ever seen is a pack of 125 gp's all tapped out just waiting to see who was going to chop the throttle first

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 14:49

I've calmed down a little now. The thing is, it's all moved on, it was always going to move on, and if it didn't there'd be no point in doing it in the first place!! The whole point of bike racing to me is that not only is the riders skill tested to the limit, but also the mechanical side as well.

There's always been a form of "not what you know, but how much you got" in motorsport, be that bikes, cars, anything. So the romantic notion that this is a fairly new phenomenon is, to be honest, rubbish.

No, I don't think the "show is going down hill". Certainly it was dull as dishwater last year (MotoGP wise) but I still loved watching it, and indeed going to the UK round. 12 bikes on the grid this year would have been desparate, but, and you can slag it all you want, CRT is helping redress that. Also, I loved watching and going to WSBK, and indeed the BSB last year, and cannot wait for the season to start again.

If you're wistfully wishing for the halcyon days of the 60's, I think, and with the greatest of respect here, you might wanna check your facts. From what I've seen, the French GP that year only had 16 finishers. So unless the attrition rate was utterly horrific, there wasn't the 40 or so riders "belting into the first corner".

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 15:40

You only need 2 bikes to have a good race. Remember the numerous lorenzo vs rossi battles a couple of years ago?. they where miles ahead of everyone but it was great to watch. The number of bikes isnt particually important, its how close the racing is. Even if they are tens of meters apart for the entire race its still great to watch if your a real bike fan and not just in it to see a few crashes and have a burger.

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 16:56

Apparently, that's "not enough" these days mate......

*rolls eyes*

Posted: 20/01/2012 at 17:14

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Posted: 23/01/2012 at 08:08

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Posted: 23/01/2012 at 10:43

24 Entries and no Haga, more to the point, the man who's provided some of the best, closest racing I've ever seen in 35 years of watching bike racing, I predict a season of utter boredom where they all run round with their wheels in line relying on the traction control, wheelie control etc. etc. zzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted: 31/01/2012 at 16:30

Guess this means KTM isn't going to field a team this year after coming off of their IDM winning season. Anyone know if they're planning to run in the superstock class?

Posted: 04/02/2012 at 14:45

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