Three factory teams and WorldSBK debutants headline the entry list ahead of a two-day World Superbike test at Jerez.
Just a few weeks after the 2020 season end, teams and riders from the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship will be back in action at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto for a two-day test. The action will begin on Tuesday with track action taking place from 10am Local Time (GMT+1) to 6pm.
10 riders from the WorldSBK paddock will get the chance to jump on their machines as the preparation for 2021 heads to the track with two riders getting their first taste of WorldSBK machinery and link up with their new teams for next season, as they get to know each other even more to ensure the 2021 season starts in the best possible shape.
Six-time World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) will be back on track as he looks to defend his title and looks for a record seventh consecutive World Championship. He will be joined by teammate Alex Lowes as the British rider enters his second season with KRT and looks to build on his race-winning 2020 campaign.
Turkish star Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) will get back on his Yamaha machine at Jerez for the two-day test, alongside 2020 WorldSSP Champion Andrea Locatelli. It will be Locatelli’s second time onboard the Yamaha YZF R1 following his participation in a one-day post-season test at Estoril, but it will be his first time riding alongside Razgatlioglu on track.
Team HRC will be the third factory team outfit on track with Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam taking to the track as the Japanese manufacturer enters its second season since returning to WorldSBK as a factory effort. There will be a third Honda machine on track as the HRC Test Team join the test with Stefan Bradl on a MotoGP™ machine.
Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) will be with his 2021 team for the first time following a successful year in Japan, where he won the national Superbike Championship, as he prepares for his first WorldSBK campaign in 2021. He will be joined by American Garrett Gerloff as he embarks on his second WorldSBK season after securing stunning podiums in his rookie campaign.
Spanish rider Isaac Viñales (Eazi-Grip supported ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) will ride a WorldSBK machine for the first time at Jerez when he gets onboard the Kawasaki ZX-10RR for ORELAC Racing following his two strong WorldSSP campaigns in 2019 and 2020; the Spaniard moving to WorldSBK for the 2021 season. Lucas Mahias (Eazi-Grip supported Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who battled with Viñales throughout 2020, will also be present at the test as he returns to WorldSBK action ahead of a campaign in 2021 having tested in the post-Estoril Round test. One more Kawasaki machine will be present with Loris Cresson testing for OUTDO Kawasaki TPR, the team he competed for at the 2020 season finale; the Belgian had spent most of 2020 competing in WorldSSP.