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2017 WSBK Season (Spoilers Inside)

Rider line up for the 2017 season of WSBK:

WSBK Feature - 2017 WorldSBK - Rider line-up so far

Kawasaki Racing Team
Jonathan Rea, 2015-2016 Champion
Tom Sykes

Aruba.it Ducati
Marco Melandri
Chaz Davies

Honda World Superbike Team
Nicky Hayden
Stefan Bradl

PATA Crescent Yamaha
Michael van der Mark
Alex Lowes

Althea BMW
Markus Reiterberger
TBC

Milwaukee Aprilia
Eugene Laverty
Lorenzo Savadori

IodaRacing Aprilia
Alex de Angelis
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MV Agusta Reparto Corse
Leon Camier

Puccetti Kawasaki Racing
Randy Krummenacher

Grillini Kawasaki Racing Team
Ayrton Badovini
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Team GoEleven Kawasaki
Roman Ramos

Guandalini Yamaha
Riccardo Russo

Team Toth Yamaha
Imre Toth
TBC

Barni Ducati
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Pedercini Kawasaki
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VFT Ducati
TBC

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A new class will participate in the 2017 season: the SSP 300 class. Provisional rulebook here: http://www.fim-live.com/en/library/d...38/no_cache/1/

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Yamaha will have factory backed teams in WSS for 2017



WSS News - Yamaha unveils factory-backed teams in R6 launch
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I thought Torres was continuing with Althea BMW. They were talking about possibly having a 3-man team if they add DeRosa as well.

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Why is Hayden and Honda still working on the 2016 model CBR I'd be working on that new one already? What's the purpose if you aren't going to be on it next year?

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Why is Hayden and Honda still working on the 2016 model CBR I'd be working on that new one already? What's the purpose if you aren't going to be on it next year?
Waiting on Woodcraft and Vortex to make parts for it?
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I was hoping Suzuki would have an entry for WSBK but I'm sure there will be a couple in the STK1000 at least.


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Yeah I was hoping to see Hayden on the 2017 Fireblade. I think if he gets the new bike dialed it'll really improve his level of competetiveness.

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Isn't Nicky injured... Don't think he's testing anything for awhile...
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FIM Superbike World Championship Releases Provisional 2017 Schedule

Looks like Portimao's back on the calendar! One more event is yet TBD, but I'm guessing it's either going to be Jerez or Sepang that are not going to make the cut. I guess it probably depends on if they want to keep as many rounds in europe as they did last year, in which case since they added Portimao, they'll probably drop Jerez. But if they don't care to keep the same number, then who knows...

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Great 2017 line-up. I cant wait to see what Michael van der Mark can do on the Yamaha. I'm a Yamaha fan so seeing the bike on top of the podium will be great. I love Rea but someone needs to step up and dethrone him. Hopefully Davies can do it for 2017 with Van der Mark and Hayden stealing a few podiums to keep things interesting. Tom is a 2nd place kind of guy so that's where I see him again in 2017. I used to love Melandri on the R1 and he's been so close to getting that title but I just don't see him being competitive after being out for so long.
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I like Yamaha, but I'm not quite convinced of that new R1 yet. One single podium (3rd place) this year, which came right at the end, from a guy who's a WSBK champion. And Lowes, a BSB champion....crickets. I think they have to improve the bike a bit more. I don't see VDM as being any better, but he'll do well at Assen and probably a couple of other tracks.

I'm hoping for a Davies, and Laverty 1-2 finish at the end of the championship. The Panigale has to win a championship! It's the only Ducati superbike that hasn't won a championship yet in the history of WSBK, and next year might be its last year before a new model comes out.

Rea is just so damn consistent though, it'll be hard for anyone to dethrone him. Even Davies couldn't with 2 more wins than Rea!

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I like Yamaha, but I'm not quite convinced of that new R1 yet. One single podium (3rd place) this year, which came right at the end, from a guy who's a WSBK champion. And Lowes, a BSB champion....crickets. I think they have to improve the bike a bit more. I don't see VDM as being any better, but he'll do well at Assen and probably a couple of other tracks.

I'm hoping for a Davies, and Laverty 1-2 finish at the end of the championship. The Panigale has to win a championship! It's the only Ducati superbike that hasn't won a championship yet in the history of WSBK, and next year might be its last year before a new model comes out.

Rea is just so damn consistent though, it'll be hard for anyone to dethrone him. Even Davies couldn't with 2 more wins than Rea!
The only reason i think VDM will do well is because of what happened when Rea left Honda. I think that Honda limits riders potentials and it force people to ride it very aggressive to be competitive. I believe VDM will win some podiums on the R1. Lowes problem is he can't seem to keep the bike on two wheels. They put someone like Cameron from AMA on that bike i think you ill see that bike start to excel.
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The only reason i think VDM will do well is because of what happened when Rea left Honda. I think that Honda limits riders potentials and it force people to ride it very aggressive to be competitive. I believe VDM will win some podiums on the R1. Lowes problem is he can't seem to keep the bike on two wheels. They put someone like Cameron from AMA on that bike i think you ill see that bike start to excel.
Yep, I agree. Guintoli seemed to do a bit better this year than he did last year on the Honda, even though he missed a few races this year due to injuries.

I would love to see Beaubier in WSBK, but unfortunately he's still hanging around the US. The one event they did at Donnington where he was a replacement rider, he crashed in one of the races and finished 9th or 10th in the other one. Not bad but nothing spectacular either.

I'm still not convinced on the R1. It's a cool bike, I would certainly ride one if I had the money for one, but I don't think it's quite as good as it seemed to be at first on paper when it came out last year. I think MotoAmerica gives a false impression because of all the Yamaha influence and sponsorship in the US, but looking at international level (WSBK and STK1000), or BSB where they run very similar specs to WSBK, Yamaha is mediocre. In BSB, it seems like the bikes of choice are the ZX10R and the S1000RR, although a Panigale won the championship this year ...and surprisingly they have a strong Honda team as well with 2 of the riders consistently being at the front.

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R1 won the BSB championship in 2015 the first year it came out... so it is obviously capable...
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