As WorldSBK reconvenes at Assen riders discuss Toprak’s potential MotoGP transfer

2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship

Spherical Three – Assen, Netherlands

Virtually six weeks because the final spherical in Indonesia, the 2023 Superbike World Championship prepares for spherical three, which is able to see groups and riders competing on European soil for the primary time this 12 months, on the historic TT Circuit Assen in The Netherlands. This may even mark the primary spherical of the 12 months for WorldSSP300.

Observe motion begins at Assen on Friday 21 April. As ever there can be three WorldSBK races over the weekend, with a ten-lap Tissot Superpole ‘dash’ race on Sunday morning, complementing the 2 full distance 18-lap races – one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

MotoGP Rnd Assen Sign

Climate circumstances at Assen can change with nice frequency however most riders can be hoping for constant dry circumstances, nonetheless on present forecasts that’s extraordinarily uncertain.

Andrew Pitt, Crew Chief for Andrea Locatelli, is intimately acquainted with Assen himself as a race-winning rider and now in his senior technical position. Pitt says the keys to carry out embody tyre alternative for the abrasive floor together with a motorbike set-up that’s steady at excessive speeds and in a position to change route. He expects the most recent 2023 Yamaha YZF-R1M WorldSBK race machine set-up utilized in Mandalika to additionally work properly in Assen, shored up with a stable Assen base setting that noticed “Loka” step onto the rostrum in each 2021 and 2022.

Andrew Pitt with Andrea Locatelli
Andrea Locatelli

After the check in Barcelona, now we have extra expertise with this 12 months’s R1 and we did plenty of work to guage additional new components. It was not simple but it surely was essential to return on the bike and trip to proceed improvement. Now, we are going to see what occurs in Assen. Previously it was fascinating right here! We had been quick in 2021 and 2022, I had my first podium in WorldSBK and final 12 months we completed on the rostrum once more with P2. The goal is to proceed to enhance and attempt to get extra podiums like the beginning of the season. I do know the monitor very properly, as a result of I’ve been using a few years in Assen, additionally with Moto2 and Moto3. It’s a flowing monitor, a quick monitor and I like this sort of structure – usually the R1 additionally works very well so I feel now we have one thing to be aggressive and we are going to attempt to get the utmost outcomes that we are able to.”

Andrea Locatelli and Toprak Razgatlıoğlu

Crew-mate Razgatlıoğlu isn’t any stranger to the Assen podium both, with 4 top-three outcomes on the Dutch venue since he joined Yamaha, however a race win within the premier class has thus far confirmed elusive.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu

It has been an extended break after Mandalika and the Barcelona check, I’m completely happy to be again once more for Assen! Final 12 months was a bit unfortunate, however like all the time I simply attempt my finest, benefit from the race and give attention to my job. We have to shut the hole to Alvaro however I’m not taking a look at this, simply attempt to battle for the win and we are going to see what is feasible. The check in Barcelona was not really easy, however there was some good factors with the electronics – we’re all the time studying, my staff are working to enhance my R1 and I hope we are able to take a step in Assen.”

And on the current check on the Yamaha MotoGP machine….?

For the MotoGP check, I can say I loved it and at last, I rode in good climate, as final 12 months I solely did 28 laps because of the climate. Because of Yamaha for the chance. It’s nonetheless a dream however we are going to see sooner or later. That is simply testing, for me to grasp the bike and for Yamaha to see the potential. It’s all younger riders’ dream to someday, trip a MotoGP bike. I’ve executed it, loved it however now I come again and do my job once more, as a result of for me, WorldSBK is essential this season, to battle once more for the Championship. This break was lots, I used to be actually bored and now I’m preventing once more. For me, the final two years at Assen, it hasn’t been an excellent race weekend, particularly Race 2. This 12 months, I used to be pondering to not trip in Race 2, as a result of I all the time find yourself crashing! I’ll attempt once more for this 12 months, for the rostrum or the win. Jonny is all the time very robust at this monitor. Yearly, this race weekend is completely different and I’ll attempt to do my finest.”

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu
Paul Denning – Pata Yamaha Crew Principal

Phillip Island and Mandalika had been collectively our greatest ever begin to a WorldSBK season, with both one or each of our riders on the rostrum in each single race – and excellent qualifying outcomes. However that is WorldSBK, and with three races each weekend we all know something can occur, which is why we all the time should be on the high of our recreation. The current check in Barcelona was tough to be trustworthy, however Yamaha’s engineers and the staff got here away with a wealth of knowledge to maintain pushing the event of the R1 ahead. We’ve a fantastic, balanced bundle which fits circuits like Assen which can be each quick and flowing. By misfortune, Toprak hasn’t fairly been in a position to win right here however we can be doing all the things we are able to to offer him a bundle that may enable him to battle for a Dutch victory this trip. “Loka” must also not be forgotten as he has plenty of expertise at this circuit and confirmed what he’s able to even in his first season as a rookie, taking his debut podium within the WorldSBK class in 2021 and backing it up with an excellent second-place end in 2022. No matter occurs, we’re trying ahead to returning to the race monitor after the prolonged break, and to welcoming extra companions and followers to benefit from the Europe.

Defending World Champion Alvaro Bautista has been on a roll throughout the primary couple of rounds, with 5 wins from the six races held, permitting him to reach in Europe with 112 factors, 37 forward of Razgatlioglu. The Spanish rider’s goal is to defend his management on a circuit the place his fundamental rivals have all the time proved to be extraordinarily aggressive.

Alvaro Bautista

I sit up for this weekend as I began the 12 months so properly. The sensation on the Barcelona check was unimaginable, I’m very completely happy. I’ve good recollections at this monitor as I gained with Ducati thrice and final 12 months, we had been aggressive, preventing with Toprak and Jonathan. I haven’t thought of my future as a result of proper now, now we have solely had two races; perhaps after this spherical, I begin to consider what I need to do. I’m not previous, however I’ve plenty of expertise in motorbike racing. For the time being, it’s not my first fear, I simply need to be centered on this weekend. I don’t have a transparent of concept about my future. I’ll resolve very quickly, not only for me however for my staff. Within the case I don’t need to keep, they must know as quickly as doable and in addition for my facet. We’ll see, however in the meanwhile, I don’t have an concept. About Toprak, for positive he needs to go to MotoGP, no less than what I heard. It’s a special Championship, completely different bikes, completely different tyres… I do know he’s doing a little exams with the Yamaha, however he has to grasp if he has the potential to go there and do properly. In any other case, he has a giant title in WorldSBK and he’s an essential rider right here, so he has to decide on, but it surely’s not a straightforward choice. Each rider needs to attempt MotoGP no less than as soon as, but it surely’s not simple, now that the class is so shut with a spot at nearly nothing between first and final. He has to grasp if he will also be quick there.”

Alvaro Bautista

Michael Rinaldi needs to seek out continuity after a begin to the season through which, regardless of a few errors, he proved to be very quick. The Italian rider (twice on the rostrum in Australia) is presently fifth within the standings with 47 factors.

Michael Rinaldi

The primary race in Europe all the time has a particular taste. Assen is a circuit that I like lots even when clearly the rain might change issues. The exams in Barcelona gave us constructive indications, offering us with increased consciousness. If we had been to race in dry circumstances the aim could be to get on the rostrum, however I feel we are able to obtain good leads to moist circumstances too“.

Michael Rinaldi

Six-times WorldSBK champion Rea counts Assen as essentially the most profitable circuit over his lengthy and report breaking profession. He has taken 17 of his whole of 118 WorldSBK race victories there, the latest being a double in 2022 on his official Ninja ZX-10RR.

Jonathan Rea

I’m enthusiastic about Assen. I’ve a reasonably good monitor report right here, it’s a monitor I get pleasure from. I rode for a staff based mostly simply up the street for a few years of my profession. I don’t know why I work so properly right here, it’s additionally a mixture with the bike. I do know Kawasaki could be very robust right here as properly. Whereas one eye’s on efficiency, it’s important to keep watch over what the climate’s doing. Robust’s a fantastic phrase. Though now we have to attempt to begin from zero and reset, and the outcomes have been fairly poor, we are able to additionally draw positives from among the races we’ve had; steps ahead we’ve made with the bike. We haven’t put all of it collectively. We’ve had two exams at Aragon and Barcelona to attempt a special route with the bike and to give attention to our weaknesses. This season, it’s been overstressing the entrance and the entrance tyre particularly within the latter levels of races. We confirmed some good pace in Australia and Indonesia. The pace’s not doubtful, it’s in regards to the longevity within the race. I feel right here at Assen ought to go well with us particularly with cooler circumstances. It’s a tough state of affairs to be in. All I do know is that Toprak’s an unimaginable expertise and given the appropriate alternative to go to MotoGP™, with the appropriate folks round him, he might do a fantastic job.

Jonathan Rea

Alex Lowes has scored a podium on the distinctive 4.542km lengthy Assen previously and is as a lot of a fan of the distinctive circuit as his fellow riders. After two profitable current non-public exams along with his team-mate, at Motorland Aragon and Barcelona-Catalunya, he’s out so as to add extra podiums to his third place rating at the latest race in Mandlika.

Alex Lowes

I’m excited to get again getting in Assen. We’ve had a few exams, at Motorland Aragon and Barcelona, because the final race weekend in Indonesia, and I imagine we’ve improved the bike set-up a bit of bit. Assen is a monitor that personally I get pleasure from lots. The bike ought to work properly there and my goal is to problem for the rostrum. The environment and followers are nice there too, so I’m trying ahead to the primary European-based spherical of the 12 months.”

Alex Lowes

Crew HRC has made a robust begin to the season with each Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge. The latter got here away from Indonesia with a podium to his title, having powered his Fireblade to a formidable third-place end in race 2. And whereas Lecuona struggled with well being issues at Mandalika, he was in a position to rating a double sixth on the season-opener in Australia. Each riders are eager to return to motion in The Netherlands the place Lecuona scored his first WorldSBK podium in 2022, when he completed third in race 2.

Xavi Vierge

The subsequent spherical is Assen and I’m actually trying ahead to getting there as a result of final 12 months the Dutch spherical was solely the second occasion of my rookie season and I nonetheless wasn’t 100% match after sustaining damage simply earlier than the beginning of the season, so I struggled lots all through the weekend. This 12 months I’m in nice form and we’ve had some constructive testing periods so I’m keen to start out work in FP1 and really feel prepared to offer it my finest shot. We’ll additionally be capable to rely on good references as a result of Iker was very quick already final 12 months so the intention can be to attempt to make a robust begin to the weekend after which keep on with the entrance group within the races.”

Xavi Vierge
Iker Lecuona

I began coaching and I don’t have any ache; I’ve been coaching with the follow bike and I don’t really feel ache, so that is constructive. I’m right here, able to battle once more. Actually, I’m very proud of the route; I feel we did an excellent step with race distance, that is the realm we’ve improved lots as a result of final 12 months, we struggled with the tyre efficiency because it was dropping lots within the final laps. Virtually each race, we misplaced this potential to battle for the rostrum or good outcomes. I’m actually completely happy, additionally the staff and Japan have executed an excellent step so then, the truth is that if the tyre life makes it to the tip with an excellent efficiency or not, however we’re completely happy. I spoke with my crew chief Pete this morning and we mentioned that I’m very excited, so I should be calmer; final 12 months, I went quick with the previous bike however and bought a podium. So, if you happen to put this into 2023 when in Australia, with the improved tyre efficiency, we overtook Jonny within the final two laps, and the actual fact it’s a brand new season, testing went properly and I’m excited, I do know the bundle was wonderful, so we have to see daily. I feel I’m prepared; I feel we are able to battle for high positions.”

Iker Lecuona

The races on the ‘Cathedral of Velocity’ are a house outing for Michael van der Mark (NED) from the ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Crew.

Michael van der Mark

I’m clearly completely happy to be racing once more. It has been an extended break since Indonesia however for me it was good to treatment my injured fingers. It takes a while and remains to be not good however it is going to be no downside when using. So it’s nice to race once more, particularly at Assen in entrance of the Dutch followers. This 12 months I’m a lot fitter than final 12 months so I’m trying ahead to it. The climate appears to be good so I can’t wait to go quick in entrance of my dwelling followers.”

Michael van der Mark

BMW Motorrad Motorsport has used the break in motion to make extra progress with the brand new BMW M 1000 RR. On the finish of March, each groups attended exams at Barcelona, the place they had been in a position to consider numerous elements and set-up options.

Scott Redding

Assen is a circuit that has been good for us previously. I didn’t too unhealthy there final 12 months and hopefully we are able to enhance a bit of bit. We’ve had a little bit of day off which has been good to regroup a bit of bit. Now let’s see what we are able to do. You by no means know what the climate will do at Assen, that’s all the time a difficult one, however we can be there to do our greatest anyway.”

Scott Redding, Michael van der Mark, Garrett Gerloff and Loris Baz

Loris Baz (FRA) was unable to participate within the check, because of the accidents he sustained to his proper leg on the second spherical of the season at Mandalika (IDN) initially of March. Nonetheless, he plans to return to the Assen grid, if the race medical doctors give him the inexperienced gentle to take action.

Loris Baz

I used to be making an attempt all the things to be in Assen. I bought the ultimate approval from the surgeon on Friday morning, so all is nice on this facet. Now it’s all about how I’ll really feel on the bike and we are going to see the way it’s going to be. For positive, I’ve a scarcity of motion on the ankle and the knee, so particularly in the appropriate corners, I’ve to see the way it’s going to be. It’s undoubtedly not harmful in any respect, there isn’t a danger, no less than no extra danger than regular. I’m coaching and dealing as exhausting as I can with the physio and all of the folks round me. I’m actually trying ahead to being in Assen. I actually love that monitor! It will have been a heartbreak for me to not be at Assen. I’ll simply do the very best I can. If I really feel good, I’ll push as exhausting as I can to go and enhance the bike. If the ankle is a little bit of an issue on Friday, then we’ll perhaps resolve to only take it less difficult. For the time being it’s very exhausting to grasp what to anticipate, however I’m simply actually completely happy to be again on the bike. It’s been robust six weeks, however we had been fortunate with the calendar.”

Loris Baz

Garrett Gerloff travels straight to Assen from his native USA. Final weekend, he visited the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin (USA), the place he carried out an illustration run on the brand new BMW M 1000 RR MotoGP Security Bike.

Garrett Gerloff

I’m actually excited to go to Assen this weekend straight from MotoGP at Austin. I had a fantastic weekend on the Grand Prix with BMW, doing a little PR stuff, however I’m clearly trying ahead to getting again to racing myself. We had a check with the Bonovo motion BMW Racing Crew at Assen not so way back and it was actually good and productive. I had the sensation we found out a bunch of stuff that we are able to use for the race weekend. So, I’m trying ahead to it and can simply attempt to go quick.

Garrett Gerloff

WorldSBK rookies Dominique Aegerter and Remy Gardner will get pleasure from their Yamaha R1 machines on Dutch soil for the primary time, with each figuring out the circuit properly from their earlier expertise in different championships. Certainly, the GYTR GRT Yamaha pair have fond recollections there, with the Swiss rider being profitable in his WorldSSP and MotoE campaigns, and the Australian ending on the podium throughout his Moto2 profession.

Lastly, each Aegerter and Gardner really feel prepared to come back again to racing after an extended break, displaying confidence forward of the third spherical. Certainly, the Swiss rider says he has skilled lots through the hole, specializing in the areas he wants most to trip a Superbike. On the opposite facet, his Australian team-mate is proud of the progress made within the final months and believes he can shortly adapt to the Assen circuit along with his R1.

Remy Gardner
Remy Gardner

Danilo Petrucci will work with some new elements beforehand examined at Barcelona in late March, particularly a brand new tank cowl and a decrease seat in comparison with that utilizing throughout rounds one and two in Australia and Indonesia. It’s important for him to shortly establish an efficient set-up and a weight distribution which permits him to be aggressive as he was in Indonesia.

Danilo Petrucci

Assen is one in all my favorite tracks and it’s all the time nice to return there. I’m actually eager to race once more after this lengthy break and want to choose up the place we left off, with the nice sensations I had in Indonesia. We simply have to attend for Friday after which give 100 per cent over the weekend.”

Danilo Petrucci

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) can be again in motion at Assen as he continues his return to WorldSBK after racing in BSB in 2022. Younger Czech rider Oliver König (Orelac Racing Movisio Kawasaki) will once more be a part of his WorldSBK friends, searching for his first factors rating of the season.

2022 British Superbike Champion however WorldSBK rookie Bradley Ray (Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Crew) embarks on his first marketing campaign within the Championship as he races the Yamaha YZF-R1 machine for 2023. Though two rounds of WorldSBK have been accomplished, Ray didn’t participate in Australia and Indonesia with him and the staff competing solely within the European rounds this season.

Bradley Ray

I’m feeling good. It’ll be good to go to Assen, right into a full race weekend, and perceive the best way all of it goes and get my first race underneath my belt. You all the time need to win, don’t you? That’s the difficulty! We’ve bought to be real looking. I feel we are able to have a look at preventing within the high ten. I do know who the persons are round me that I should be preventing with and I feel it’ll be troublesome within the first spherical. I have to get extra time underneath my belt with the bike. Going into an precise race weekend can be completely different. I feel we are able to undoubtedly study much more there and get some races underneath our belt, perceive the bundle extra and I feel we are able to do an excellent job from perhaps mid-season onwards; we are able to begin pushing to the place we should be. Simply regular away till we discover our ft. Just a little bit nervous however in a great way. I’m excited.

Bradley Ray

Assen is a circuit Ray is aware of from his time in BSB when the championship visited the Netherlands between 2017 and 2019. He raced there six occasions in these three years, taking a finest results of sixth place in 2017. He has completed within the high ten there on 5 events along with his solely race not within the high ten in 2018, within the first race, when he was seventeenth

World Superbike Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Alvaro Bautista  112
 2  Toprak Razgatlioglu  75
 3  Andrea Locatelli  70
 4  Axel Bassani  51
 5  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  47
 6  Jonathan Rea  44
 7  Xavi Vierge  43
 8  Danilo Petrucci  36
 9  Iker Lecuona  33
 10  Dominique Aegerter  24
 11  Philipp Oettl  23
 12  Alex Lowes  22
 13  Remy Gardner  19
 14  Scott Redding  17
 15  Michael Van Der Mark  16
 16  Garrett Gerloff  15
 17  Loris Baz  6
 18  Lorenzo Baldassarri  3
 19  Hafizh Syahrin  2


After the drama of Australia and Indonesia, the FIM Supersport World Championship  resumes within the Netherlands with loads up for grabs throughout the 2 races over the Dutch Spherical.

The Dutch Spherical marks Ten Kate Racing Yamaha’s dwelling spherical and the staff may even go in quest of their a hundredth WorldSSP victory with riders Jorge Navarro and Stefano Manzi. Each loved a check on the circuit between the Indonesian and Dutch rounds to organize in the very best method for the staff’s dwelling spherical with new objects to attempt, whereas it was additionally one other likelihood for Navarro to be on the bike in quest of full health. One other Yamaha rider to probably look out for is Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Crew) after the Dutch rider narrowly missed out on his first WorldSSP win at Assen final 12 months, after he was overtaken by Dominique Aegerter mere seconds earlier than crimson flags had been proven. Second in Race 1 final 12 months, might he go one higher this 12 months?

Two wins and three podiums in 2023 means Nicolo Bulega ( Racing WorldSSP Crew) leads the Championship standings after two rounds, 18 factors away from Manzi. The Italian took third and fourth in Race 1 and Race 2 respectively in 2022 and he can be aiming to construct on that in 2023. Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) comes into the Dutch Spherical off the again of his first WorldSSP victory in Indonesia and, with a podium end at Assen to his title from 2022, can be trying so as to add to that and shut the hole within the Championship standings. Mandalika Race 2 winner, Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing Crew) is a race winner at Assen from 2019 and he can be seeking to prolong his successful run after a robust begin to the 2023 marketing campaign.

Each Triumph and MV Agusta can be hoping they’re within the battle for victory having been so in Australia and Indonesia. Niki Tuuli (Dynavolt Triumph) has been within the high eight in his final three races at Assen, and 4 occasions in his final 5 outings right here, and he has a podium to his title this season. For MV Agusta, Marcel Schroetter (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) is presently main their cost in his rookie marketing campaign. Though he hasn’t been to Assen in WorldSSP, it’s a circuit he is aware of very properly from his time within the 125cc World Championship, Moto3 and Moto2 with a finest results of fourth.

Young Aussie Luke Power raced in America during 2022 and joins the WorldSSP ranks in 2023 but will only contest the European rounds of the series.
Younger Aussie Luke Energy raced in America throughout 2022 and joins the WorldSSP ranks in 2023 however will solely contest the European rounds of the sequence.

The WorldSSP Problem begins at Assen and it’ll mark the WorldSSP debut of 2022 WorldSSP300 Champion Alvaro Diaz (Arco Yart Yamaha WorldSSP) as he graduates with the identical staff that took him to the 2022 World Championship. Yuta Okaya (Prodina Kawasaki Racing WorldSSP) additionally makes the step up in 2023. Maiki Abe (VFT Racing WEBIKE Yamaha), son of the late, nice Norick Abe, makes his WorldSSP debut, as does Luke Energy (MOTOZOO ME AIR RACING TEAM) this season whereas Tom Edwards (Yart – Yamaha WorldSSP Crew) will participate in his first full marketing campaign.

Tom Edwards will contest the European rounds of the championship – Picture by 2snap

By way of returning riders, Federico Fuligni (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) returns to WorldSSP on Ducati equipment, Maximilian Kofler (D34G Racing) sticks with Ducati however switches groups to be alongside Oli Bayliss whereas Tom Sales space-Amos (MOTOZOO ME AIR RACING TEAM) sticks with the identical staff for a second marketing campaign.

Oli Bayliss has 18-points on the board from the opening two rounds

Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) missed the Indonesian Spherical by damage however he’s aiming to be again on a motorbike, topic to medical clearance, at Assen together with Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Crew) who was injured in the identical crash; Montella was using on the current Catalunya Check. By way of wildcards, there is just one for the Dutch Spherical as Simone Corsi (Altogo Racing Crew) makes his WorldSSP debut after 12 seasons in Moto2.

World Supersport Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Nicolo Bulega  77
 2  Stefano Manzi  59
 3  Can Oncu  54
 4  Federico Caricasulo  51
 5  Niki Tuuli  46
 6  Marcel Schroetter  46
 7  John Mcphee  31
 8  Jorge Navarro  29
 9  Nicholas Spinelli  27
 10  Valentin Debise  21
 11  Glenn Van Straalen  18
 12  Raffaele De Rosa  18
 13  Oliver Bayliss  18
 14  Bahattin Sofuoglu  18
 15  Tarran Mackenzie  15
 16  Anupab Sarmoon  14
 17  Adam Norrodin  9
 18  Harry Truelove  5
 19  Apiwath Wongthananon  4


The FIM Supersport 300 World Championship returns to motion to start out the 2023 season on the TT Circuit Assen through the Pirelli Dutch Spherical with the primary two races of what’s set to be an exhilarating and unpredictable marketing campaign. With a brand new producer becoming a member of the grid, the reigning Champion shifting to WorldSSP, a Champion returning the category and a bunch of riders aiming to put in writing their names within the historical past books in 2023, the Dutch Spherical will kick off the season in type.

The beginning of the 2023 marketing campaign will mark a historic second as Chinese language producer Kove be a part of the grid with Shengjunjie Zhou (China Racing Crew) making his WorldSSP debut, with 4 producers competing in 2023. The 312RR lately raced within the Spanish championship with Zhou, giving him some expertise forward of his WorldSSP debut. The Dutch Spherical additionally marks the return of 2020 Champion Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki) to the Championship as he appears to make historical past and he can be joined by Loris Veneman in 2023. Buis has seven WorldSSP300 wins to his title and yet one more would make him the rider with essentially the most wins within the Championship’s historical past. May he make historical past at his dwelling monitor.

After taking Alvaro Diaz to the title in 2022, the Arco Motor College Crew have expanded to 2 bikes for 2023. Ruben Bijman and Gabriele Mastroluca look to select up the place Diaz left off in 2022 by preventing on the entrance persistently. The AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha squad have additionally expanded to 2 bikes with Raffaele Tragni race winner Matteo Vannucci on the staff. There are additionally new groups on the grid: China Racing Crew will make their debut with Zhou whereas Deza-Field 77 Racing Crew will debut with Jose Manuel Osuna Saez.

There are a number of different rookies on the grid too with Mattia Martella (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) returning for his first full-time marketing campaign alongside Samuel Di Sora. Like Martella, Julio Garcia (Crew Flembbo-PI Performances) returns after a formidable one-off look in 2022 when he fought for the rostrum whereas a number of riders will make their debut. Clement Rouge (Elegant Racing by MS Racing), Raffaele Tragni, Devis Bergamini (ProGP Racing) – who was third within the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Championship in 2022 – Mexican Juan Pablo Uriostegui (Crew#109 Kawasaki) and Osuna Saez will all make their debuts at Assen.

There can be six riders who’ve gained a race previous to 2023 on the grid this season together with the aforementioned Buis. Three one-time winners, Kevin Sabatucci (Crew Flembbo-PI Performances), Mirko Gennai (Crew BrCorse) and Dirk Geiger (Freudenberg KTM-Paligo Racing) can be joined by two-time winners Vannucci and Samuel Di Sora (ProDina Kawasaki Racing). Will any of those riders be capable to add to their win tally, or will 2023 function new riders standing on the highest step of the rostrum?

There can be two wildcard riders on the TT Circuit Assen and each hail from the Netherlands and each will compete for a similar staff. Sven Doornebal and Thom Molenaar will each compete for the Molenaar Racing Crew on the Dutch Spherical as they did in 2021 and 2022. Molenaar’s finest result’s twentieth, in Race 1 in 2021, whereas Doornebal additionally has a finest results of twentieth which got here in Race 1 final 12 months.  There are not any Aussies on the WorldSSP300 entry record.

WorldSBK Assen Schedule

Time Class Occasion
1745 WorldSSP300 FP1
1830 WorldSBK FP1
1925 WorldSSP FP1
2215 WorldSSP300 FP2
2300  WorldSBK FP2
0000 (sat) WorldSSP FP2
2025 bLUcRU FP1
0100 bLUcRU Superpole
1700 WorldSBK FP3
1745 WorldSSP300 Superpole
1825 WorldSSP Superpole
1910 WorldSBK Superpole
2040 WorldSSP300 R1
2200 WorldSBK R1
2315 WorldSSP R1
1945 bLUcRU R1
0015 bLUcRU R2
1700 WorldSBK WUP
1725 WorldSSP WUP
1750 WorldSSP300 WUP
1900 WorldSBK SPR
2030 WorldSSP R2
2200 WorldSBK R2
2315 WorldSSP300 R2


2023 FIM Superbike World Championship Calendar

Date Circuit WSBK WSSP600 WSSP300
24-26 Feb Phillip Island X X
3-5 Mar Mandalika X X
21-23 Apr Assen X X X
5-7 Might Catalunya X X X
2-4 Jun Misano X X X
30 Jun-02 Jul Donington Park X X
14-16 Jul  Imola X X X
28-30 Jul Autodrom Most X X X
8-10 Sep Magny-Cours X X X
22-24 Sep Aragón X X X
29-Sep-01 Oct Algarve X X X
13-15 Oct San Juan Villicum X X