A PaddockChatter Guide to World Superbikes

The World Superbike Championship kicks off in Philip Island
this weekend.

Photo: WSB

The racing season is finally upon us, the World Superbike championship kicks off this Friday in Philip Island as riders from across Europe (and Australia for this round only) begin practice sessions for Saturday’s Superpole and Sunday’s two races. If you’ve been hibernating over the winter, this guide is all you need to familiarise yourself with who’s riding in what colours for 2013.

Firstly, if you want to watch it Live you’ll have to set your alarms if you’re in the UK:

Superpole will be broadcast live on British Eurosport at 04:00 on Saturday morning.
Race 1 will be broadcast live on British Eurosport from 00:45 on Sunday (Saturday night)
World Supersport will be broadcast live on British Eurosport from 02:00 on Sunday (Saturday night)
Race 2 will be broadcast live on British Eurosport from 04:15 on Sunday morning.

All times GMT 

So who is riding where? Click read more to find out!

Kawasaki Racing Team

Tom Sykes (GBR)  # 66
Loris Baz (FRA) #76
Bike: Kawasaki ZX10R 

If you were a fan of WSB in 2012, the Kawasaki Team hasn’t changed much. Its riders remain the same and yep, it’s still green, this year it has this cool black/white swirl on the side too. Tom Sykes usually has a red/orange stripe down the centre of his helmet, Loris has quite a bit of yellow on his (above).

GoldBet BMW Motorrad

Marco Melandri (ITA) #33
Chaz Davies (GBR) #19
Bike: BMW S1000RR

So there’s only one full time BMW team in WSB this season and it’s the Goldbet Italia team from last year merged with the factory team, they have factory bikes etc. As you can see, the livery is fairly distinct (and stunning). Davies has a large “Monster” claw on  his helmet.

Aprilia Racing

Eugene Laverty (IRL) #58
Sylvain Guintoli  (FRA) #50
Bike: Aprilia RSV4 Factory

This is Aprilia’s first year with the RSV4 in World Superbikes without Max Biaggi, Eugene Laverty steps up into the number 1 seat at the Italian team and is joined by fast Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli. Aprilia are running their traditional black & red livery. Best way to distinguish between Laverty and Guintoli is as you can see above, Laverty likes his luminous green.

Team Alstare Ducati

Carlos Checa (ESP) #7
Ayrton Badovini (ITA) #86
Bike: Ducati Panigale 1199 RS

The Factory Ducati team has changed hands, it’s now run by Francis Batta’s Alstare squad. They will be running 2011 champion Carlos Checa alongside Italian Ayrton Badovini. It is also the debut year for the Ducati 1199 Panigale in World Superbikes. The best way to distinguish between Checa and Badovini, is Checa’s helmet is usually the globe-like design seen above.

PATA Honda

Jonathan Rea (GBR) #65
Leon Haslam (GBR) #91
Bike: Honda CBR1000RR

Honda retain Rea for yet another year as they race with yet another new livery. The red white blue (and a little bit of green) livery is quite distinguishable. These two are easily distinguished by the amount of Red Bull sponsorship Jonathan Rea has on his helmet.

Fixi Crescent Suzuki

Leon Camier (GBR) #2
Jules Cluzel (FRA) #16
Bike: Suzuki GSXR1000

Crescent Suzuki enter their second year in WSB and retain Camier, he is joined by young Frenchman Jules Cluzel. The Fixi Suzuki bike can be recognised as a bike of many colours. Camier’s helmet is black and red as seen above.

Althea Aprilia 

Davide Giugliano (ITA) #34
Bike: Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Althea have switched from factory supported Ducati to factory supported Aprilia. The colours are relatively the same as they were on the Ducati as is the sponsor Unibat. They will run young Italian and 2011 superstock 1000 champ Davide Guigliano. He’s the only rider for the team and is distinguishable from the luminous green on the front of his helmet and his around his number.

Red Devils Roma Aprilia

Michel Fabrizio (ITA) #84
Bike: Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Red Devils ran a Ducati last year however, like Althea have switched to Aprilia for the 2013 season. They have signed the services of Italian Michel Fabrizio. He is the only rider for the team.

Pedercini Kawasaki

Alexander Lundh (SWE) #5
Federico Sandi (ITA) #23
Bike: Kawasaki ZX10R

Pedercini are back again, fielding the first Swedish rider ever to ride in WSB, Alexander Lundh and Italian Federico Sandi. Pedercini are quite distinguishable from the factory Kawasaki team as they use a brighter shade of green and also have a lot more white on the bike. Lundh has a yellow helmet (above)

Grillini BMW

Vittorio Iannuzzo (ITA) #31
Bike: BMW S1000RR

Grillini are back for 2013, the team that ran Mark Aitchison in 2012 before he jumped ship to BSB are running Italian Vitorrio Iannuzzo on their baby-blue and white S1000RR, quite distinguishable I’d say.

HTM Racing BMW

Ivan Clementi (ITA) #18
Bike: BMW S1000RR

The new HTM Racing team will field Ivan Clementi on a BMWS1000RR. Choosing similar colours (but they have orange, rather than more yellow) as the factory team it could be hard to tell the two apart on track, apart from Clementi will be nearer the back than Davies and Melandri. Clementi runs with a luminous yellow helmet. Although, I’m not sure in this picture they got the memo about the headlight rule…

MR Racing Ducati 

Max Neukirchner (DEU) #76
Bike: Ducati Panigale 1199 RS

German Max Neukirchner returns to World Superbikes for 2013 on board only the third Panigale on the grid. This machine is distinguishable from the other Ducatis as it has a lot more white and black.


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