Your Guide to the 2024 WorldSBK Season

Following two straight riders’ titles for Alvaro Bautista, a regulations shake-up aims to breathe new life into the 2024 WorldSBK season

Alvaro Bautista, 2024 WorldSBK Jerez Test. - Gold and Goose

The 2024 WorldSBK season has the potential to be one of the most unpredictable in the series’ history, despite the recent domination of Ducati and Alvaro Bautista.

A number of changes have freshened up the World Superbike Championship for 2024, from changes to the technical regulations to rider moves and even a fresh schedule for one of the events.

Overview

2024 WorldSBK Championship Standings - WorldSBK riders' standings after round one, Australia

2024 WorldSBK Teams & Riders - A number of moves makes the 2024 grid distinct from 2023, but Alvaro Bautista and Ducati are still the favourites

2024 WorldSBK Races - 11 of 12 rounds are in Europe, but there's still two new circuits with Cremona and Balaton Park joining

2024 WorldSBK Regulation Changes - Adjustable rev limits are swapped for a minimum rider weight in the search for parity

2024 WorldSBK Championship Standings

Round two of the 2024 WorldSBK Championship saw Toprak Razgalioglu take his first two wins with BMW and Alvaro Bautista take his first win of 2024. It is Nicolo Bulea, though, who leads the points to round three, as the top four are separated by only 16 points.

2024 WorldSBK Riders' Standings

2024 WorldSBK Championship
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikePts
1Alvaro BautistaESPAruba.it Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R123
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR117
3Nicolo BulegaITAAruba.it Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R109
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR93
5Andrea LocatelliITAPata Prometeon YamahaYamaha R164
6Andrea IannoneITATeam Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R64
7Michael van der MarkNEDROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR58
8Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRT YamahaYamaha R154
9Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R47
10Dominique AegerterSUIGYTR GRT YamahaYamaha R146
11Sam LowesGBRMarc VDS Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R31
12Garrett GerloffUSABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR29
13Nicholas SpinelliITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R25
14Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R25
15Jonathan ReaGBRPata Prometeon YamahaYamaha R123
16Axel BassaniITAKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR22
17Michael Ruben RinaldiITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R21
18Scott ReddingGBRBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR18
19Tarran MackenzieGBRPetronas MIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R7
20Philipp OettlGERGMT94 YamahaYamaha R14
21Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R3
22Bradley RayITAGMT94 YamahaYamaha R12
23Tito RabatESPPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR2
24Adam NorrodinMASPetronas MIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R0

2024 WorldSBK Teams & Riders

At the top, Alvaro Bautista’s retention at Ducati would make it seem that the 2024 WorldSBK season is one of general stability, as the rider who has dominated the last two seasons remains with the team and bike with which he achieved that domination. However, below the champion the moves have been plenty.

The headline changes coming into the 2024 season are for Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea. Razgatlioglu found he was unable to beat Bautista on the Yamaha R1, and so switched the more powerful but less rounded BMW M 1000 RR and the factory ROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team. To replace him, Yamaha signed six-time WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea to its factory Pata Prometeon Yamaha squad.

Rea’s departure from Kawasaki left the space open for Axel Bassani to become a factory rider, in turn leaving a space open at the Motocorsa Ducati team for Michael Ruben Rinaldi to slot into after he made way for 2023 WorldSSP Champion Nicolo Bulega to slot into the Aruba.it Racing Ducati squad alongside the aforementioned Bautista. 

New additions for 2024 include Andrea Iannone, who is back in World Championship action, after his drug ban from 2019 ended, with the Go Eleven Ducati team, while Sam Lowes and Marc VDS make their respective WorldSBK debuts together, also with Ducati machinery.

The full 2024 WorldSBK entry list is below.

2024 WorldSBK Entry List

2024 World Superbike Championship | Entry List
No.RiderNat.MotorcycleTeam
1Alvaro BautistaESPDucati Panigale V4 RAruba.it Racing Ducati
11Nicolo BulegaITADucati Panigale V4 RAruba.it Racing Ducati
55Andrea LocatelliITAYamaha R1Pata Prometeon Yamaha
65Jonathan ReaGBRYamaha R1Pata Prometeon Yamaha
22Alex LowesGBRKawasaki ZX-10RRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
47Axel BassaniITAKawasaki ZX-10RRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
77Doninique AegerterSUIYamaha R1GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team
87Remy GardnerAUSYamaha R1GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team
7Iker LecuonaESPHonda CBR1000RR-RTeam HRC
97Xavi ViergeESPHonda CBR1000RR-RTeam HRC
21Michael Ruben RinaldiITADucati Panigale V4 RTeam Motocorsa Racing
9Danilo PetrucciITADucati Panigale V4 RBarni Spark Racing Team
31Garrett GerloffUSABMW M 1000 RRBonovo Action BMW
45Scott ReddingGBRBMW M 1000 RRBonovo Action BMW
54Toprak RazgatliogluTURBMW M 1000 RRROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
60Michael van der MarkNEDBMW M 1000 RRROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
29Andrea IannoneITADucati Panigale V4 RTeam Go Eleven
5Philipp OettlGERYamaha R1GMT94 Yamaha
28Bradley RayGBRYamaha R1Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team
27Adam NorrodinMASHonda CBR1000RR-RPetronas MIE Racing Honda
95Tarran MackenzieGBRHonda CBR1000RR-RPetronas MIE Racing Honda
53Tito RabatESPKawasaki ZX-10RRKawasaki Puccetti Racing
14Sam lowesGBRDucati Panigale V4 RElf Marc VDS Racing Team

2024 WorldSBK Races

The 2024 WorldSBK season will take place almost exclusively in Europe, where it will visit two new circuits. The basic reason for the Euro-centric calendar is money, because Indonesia decided to cancel their round because the Mandalika Street Circuit at which it was held was losing money on it, and because Argentina decided to cancel their round because their economy is a mess (which also, ultimately, was the cause of the Argentinian MotoGP race’s cancellation).

In the end, the result for WorldSBK is a championship mainly held within Europe, with the Australian Round in Phillip Island set to be the only non-European round when it opens the season on 23-25 February.

That does not mean the calendar is totally stale, though, as the Cremona circuit in Italy and the Balaton Park track in Hungary join the calendar, each making their WorldSBK debuts. Additionally, the Portuguese Round at Portimao has its main races scheduled for 19:00 local time on Saturday and Sunday.

The full, 12-round 2024 WorldSBK calendar is below.

2024 WorldSBK Schedule

2024 World Superbike Championship | Calendar
RoundCircuitWinners/Dates
Australian RoundPhillip Island Grand Prix CircuitN. Bulega, A. Lowes, A. Lowes
Catalunya RoundCircuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaT. Razgatlioglu, T. Razgatlioglu, A. Bautista
Dutch RoundTT Circuit Assen19-21 April
Emilia-Romagna RoundMisano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli14-16 June
UK RoundDonington Park12-14 July
Czech RoundAutodrom Most19-21 July
Portuguese Round*Autodromo Internacional do Algarve9-11 August
Hungarian RoundBalaton Park Circuit23-25 August
French RoundCircuit Nevers Magny-Cours6-8 September
Italian RoundCremona Circuit20-22 September
Aragon RoundMotorLand Aragon27-29 September
Spanish RoundCircuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto18-20 October

*Evening race schedule


WorldSBK 2024 Regulation Changes

There are a couple of regulations that have been changed for the 2024 WorldSBK season, and they are mostly to do with performance balancing. 

In one instance, the performance of the bikes has been unrestricted in 2024, because the previous rev limit adjustment has been scrapped. This means that all bikes will be able to rev to their manufacturer-determined RPM limits, and will not be restricted by an RPM limit imposed by the championship based on success.

On the other hand, the bikes - or some of them, at least - will be restricted by a new minimum rider weight limit of 78kg. This has been introduced on the back of Alvaro Bautista’s success, and a perception that a reason for his domination of the championship in the past two seasons has been because of his light weight which, in combination with the high horsepower output of the Ducati Panigale V4 R, gives him an advantage in straight line speed, which in turn allows him to conserve his tyres more than the other, heavier riders who have to push harder in the corners to keep pace with Bautista.

We will only know if the rule will have created greater parity in the championship once the season has begun in Phillip Island, where the Bautista-Ducati combination has historically been very competitive.