Sylvain Barrier swaps BSB for WorldSBK tilt on Ducati

Sylvain Barrier returns to the WorldSBK ranks this weekend at Portimao after abandoning initial plans to compete in the British Superbike Championship

Sylvain Barrier returns to the World Superbike Championship ranks this weekend at Portimao after abandoning initial plans to compete in the British Superbike Championship.

A two-time champion in the now defunct FIM Superstock 1000, Barrier began the 2019 season in the British series riding a new Ducati Panigale V4 R under the Brixx Racing banner.

However, the team hasn’t started a BSB race since round four and instead re-emerged during August’s WorldSBK test at Portimao with the bike now conforming to the world championship regulations to allow it to race there.

As such, Barrier will be on the grid in Portimao, raising the Ducati contingent to five alongside the factory machines of Alvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies, Eugene Laverty on the Go Eleven bike and Barni Racing’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Barrier – whose career has been beset by injuries since winning back-to-back SSTK1000 titles in 2012 and 2013 -  has previously raced in WorldSBK but not since 2016 when he competed with the Pedercini Kawasaki team.

Portimao WorldSBK Schedule

WorldSBK Acerbis Portuguese Round, Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Event Schedule (GMT +0)
Friday 6 September
9:00 - 9:30WorldSSP 300FP1 (Group A)
9:45 - 10:15WorldSSP 300FP1 (Group B)
10:30 - 11:20WorldSBKFP1
11:30 - 12:15WorldSSPFP1
13:30 - 14:00WorldSSP 300FP2 (Group A)
14:15 - 14:45WorldSSP 300FP2 (Group B)
15:00 - 15:50WorldSBKFP2 
16:00 - 16:45WorldSSPFP2
Saturday 7 September
09:00 - 9:20WorldSBKFP3
09:30 - 09:50WorldSSPFP3
10:00 - 10:15WorldSSP 300FP3 (Group A)
10:25 - 10:40WorldSSP 300FP3 (Group B)
11:00 - 11:25WorldSBKSuperpole
11:40 - 12:05WorldSSPSuperpole
12:20 - 12:40WorldSSP 300Superpole (Group A)
12:50 - 13:10WorldSSP 300Superpole (Group B)
14:00WorldSBKRACE 1
15:15WorldSSP 300Last Chance Race
Sunday 8 September
09:00 - 09:15WorldSBKWarm-up
09:25 - 09:40WorldSSPWarm-up
09:50 - 10:05WorldSSP 300Warm-up
14:00WorldSBKRACE 2
15:15WorldSSP 300RACE

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