Record numbers of entries in World Superbike and Supersport

Update: January 15, 2009, 14.45 PM ET


 

The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has today published the entry lists for the 2009 Superbike and Supersport World Championships. Both championships, organized by Infront Motor Sports, are continuing their successful trend, with the Superbike category in particular going against the recent unhealthy global economic downturn by posting a record number of permanent entries and manufacturer representatives.

The 2009 HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship entry list shows 32 inscriptions from 10 countries, and 7 different manufacturer bikes from Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, an unprecedented level of factory participation in a world championship.

The lion's share of the entries goes to Italy, with 8 riders, while Britain, Japan, and Spain are all well to the forefront with 5 riders each. Australia has a healthy quota of 4, with the USA, Germany, Czech Republic, France and Austria one apiece. New arrivals in this year's championship include three-time AMA champion Ben Spies, three of the top four from the 2008 British Superbike Championship (Shane Byrne, Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes),  plus 2008 Italian Superbike champion Luca Scassa and 2008 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup winner Brendan Roberts.

On the manufacturer front, Honda have the largest representation with eight CBR1000RR machines split between six teams, followed by Ducati with seven 1098R (four teams), Kawasaki with six ZX10R (three teams), Suzuki with four GSX-R 1000 K9 (three teams), three Yamaha YZF-R1 (two teams) and Aprilia and BMW with two RSV4 and S1000RR each in the factory team.

Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports, declared: "I am delighted with the success of the entry list for the 2009 SBK championship, which is the best ever. It is a true demonstration of the success of a formula that allows teams to compete in a high-level series with relatively low costs, and which also gives the possibility to private teams to go well. The validity and the stability of the technical regulations have also helped to bring about the entry of two important new manufacturers, Aprilia and BMW, which takes the number of manufacturers present to an all-time record for Superbike. The rider quality will also be very high, with the arrival amongst others of the reigning AMA and BSB champions, as well as a number of talented new riders. In a moment of global economic difficulty Superbike can look to the future with serenity and optimism."

The Supersport World Championship sees 30 permanent entries, with Italy (6 riders) and Australia (5) making up over a third of the grid. The other nations represented are Spain, France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Indonesia.

Honda provide the most CBR600RR machinery on the grid, as befits the most successful ever Supersport winner, with 16 bikes out of 30. 6 Yamaha, 2 Suzuki and 2 Kawasaki complete the Japanese manufacturer assault, with the only interloper being British factory Triumph, with four 675 triples coming from two different teams.

New entries to watch in Supersport this year are Cal Crutchlow from BSB, Australian MotoGP refugee Anthony West, Irishman Eugene Laverty and Doni Tata Pradita from Indonesia, while 2007 champion Kenan Sofuoglu will be up against his successor Andrew Pitt in the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team's stellar line-up.

 

FIM Superbike World Championship

Nr

Rider

Nat.

Machine

Team

41

Noriyuki Haga

JPN

Ducati 1098R

Ducati Xerox Team

84

Michel Fabrizio

ITA

Ducati 1098R

Ducati Xerox Team

19

Ben Spies

USA

Yamaha YZF R1

Yamaha World Superbike

66

Tom Sykes

GBR

Yamaha YZF R1

Yamaha World Superbike

7

Carlos Checa

ESP

Honda CBR1000RR

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

65

Jonathan Rea

GBR

Honda CBR1000RR

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

53

Alessandro Polita

ITA

Ducati 1098R

Sterilgarda

67

Shane Byrne

GBR

Ducati 1098R

Sterilgarda

71

Yukio Kagayama

JPN

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9

Suzuki Alstare

76

Max Neukirchner

GER

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9

Suzuki Alstare

23

Broc Parkes

AUS

Kawasaki ZX 10R

Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team

100

Makoto Tamada

JPN

Kawasaki ZX 10R

Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team

24

Brendan Roberts

AUS

Ducati 1098R

Guandalini Racing

96

Jakub Smrz

CZE

Ducati 1098R

Guandalini Racing

15

Matteo Baiocco

ITA

Kawasaki ZX 10R

PSG-1 Corse

86

Ayrton Badovini

ITA

Kawasaki ZX 10R

PSG-1 Corse

55

Régis Laconi

FRA

Ducati 1098R

DFX Corse

9

Ryuichi Kiyonari

JPN

Honda CBR1000RR

Ten Kate Honda Racing

33

Tommy Hill

GBR

Honda CBR1000RR

HANNspree Honda Althea

94

David Checa

ESP

Yamaha YZF R1

Yamaha France GMT 94 IPONE

25

David Salom

ESP

Kawasaki ZX 10R

Team Pedercini

99

Luca Scassa

ITA

Kawasaki ZX 10R

Team Pedercini

36

Gregorio Lavilla

ESP

Honda CBR1000RR

Pro Ride World Superbike

3

Max Biaggi

ITA

Aprilia RSV4

Aprilia Racing

56

Shinya Nakano

JPN

Aprilia RSV4

Aprilia Racing

11

Troy Corser

AUS

BMW S1000 RR

BMW Motorrad Team Alpha Racing

111

Ruben Xaus

ESP

BMW S1000 RR

BMW Motorrad Team Alpha Racing

31

Karl Muggeridge

AUS

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9

Celani Race

77

Vittorio Iannuzzo

ITA

Honda CBR1000RR

Squadra Corse Italia

44

Roberto Rolfo

ITA

Honda CBR1000RR

Stiggy Motorsport AB

91

Leon Haslam

GBR

Honda CBR1000RR

Stiggy Motorsport AB

88

Roland Resch

AUT

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9

TKR Suzuki Switzerland

 

FIM Supersport World Championship

Nr

Rider

Nat.

Machine

Team

1

Andrew Pitt

AUS

Honda CBR600RR

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

54

Kenan Sofuoglu

TUR

Honda CBR600RR

HANNspree Ten Kate Honda

35

Cal Crutchlow

GBR

Yamaha YZF R6

Yamaha World Supersport Team

99

Fabien Foret

FRA

Yamaha YZF R6

Yamaha World Supersport Team

13

Anthony West

AUS

Honda CBR600RR

Stiggy Motorsport AB

105

Gianluca Vizziello

ITA

Honda CBR600RR

Stiggy Motorsport AB

50

Eugene Laverty

IRL

Honda CBR600RR

Parkalgar Honda

117

Miguel Praia

POR

Honda CBR600RR

Parkalgar Honda

77

Barry Veneman

NED

Suzuki GSX-R 600

Hoegee Suzuki Team

 

TBA

 

Suzuki GSX-R 600

Hoegee Suzuki Team

21

Katsuaki Fujiwara

JPN

Kawasaki ZX-6R

Kawasaki Provec Motocard.com

26

Joan Lascorz

ESP

Kawasaki ZX-6R

Kawasaki Provec Motocard.com

8

Mark Aitchison

AUS

Honda CBR600RR

HANNspree Honda Althea

14

Matthieu Lagrive

FRA

Honda CBR600RR

HANNspree Honda Althea

24

Garry McCoy

AUS

Triumph 675

Triumph BE1 Racing

69

Gianluca Nannelli

ITA

Triumph 675

Triumph BE1 Racing

7

Patrick Vostarek

CZE

Honda CBR600RR

Intermoto Czech

55

Massimo Roccoli

ITA

Honda CBR600RR

Intermoto Czech

51

Michele Pirro

ITA

Yamaha YZF R6

Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni

28

Arie Vos

NED

Honda CBR600RR

Veidec Racing RES Software

127

Robbin Harms

DEN

Honda CBR600RR

Veidec Racing RES Software

32

Fabrizio Lai

ITA

Honda CBR600RR

ECHO CRS Grand Prix

83

Russell Holland

AUS

Honda CBR600RR

ECHO CRS Grand Prix

19

Pawel Szkopek

POL

Triumph 675

Factory Racing

96

Matej Smrz

CZE

Triumph 675

Factory Racing

71

Jose Carlos Morillas Cuenca

ESP

Yamaha YZF R6

Holiday Gym Racing

88

Yannick Guerra

ESP

Yamaha YZF R6

Holiday Gym Racing

9

Danilo Dell'Omo

ITA

Honda CBR600RR

Kuja Racing

30

Jesco Günther

GER

Honda CBR600RR

RES Software Veidec Racing

5

Doni Tata Pradita

INA

Yamaha YZF R6

YZF Yamaha