The WorldSBK grid will have a final opportunity to fine-tune their setups before the season opener with a single day of testing scheduled at Phillip Island on Tuesday.

  • Ducati’sΒ Nicolo BulegaΒ and BMW’sΒ Toprak Razgatlioglu, currently the fastest in pre-season tests, will tackle the Australian circuit with their new bikes.
  • Alvaro Bautista, discreet during pre-season as he adapts to new weight regulations, will focus on readiness for the opening round of the season.
Grid transformations and new horizons
Toprak RazgatliogluΒ departed from Yamaha to join theΒ ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, where he teams up withΒ Michael van der Mark.Β Jonathan ReaΒ ended his longstanding partnership with Kawasaki to joinΒ Pata Prometeon YamahaΒ alongsideΒ Andrea Locatelli, bringing a fresh dynamic to the grid.

Nicolo Bulega‘s promotion to theΒ Racing – DucatiΒ team, partnering withΒ Alvaro Bautista, came after an impressive 2023 WorldSSP campaign which saw him clinch the title.Β Axel BassaniΒ stepped up to theΒ Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKΒ afterΒ Rea‘s departure, transitioning from Ducati. Out of the five factory teams in 2023, onlyΒ Team HRCΒ have kept the same line-up as last year, aligningΒ Iker LecuonaΒ andΒ Xavi Vierge.

Additionally,Β Sam LowesΒ andΒ Andrea IannoneΒ made their much-anticipated debut in WorldSBKΒ withΒ Elf Marc VDS Racing TeamΒ andΒ Team GoElevenΒ respectively. With these seismic shifts in the WorldSBK grid, the stage is set for a fiercely competitive season.

Navigating 2024 new regulations
In 2024, significant rule changes are in effect. Riders below a reference weight must add ballast to their bikes. A fuel capacity limit of 21 litres is now enforced, and fuel flow regulations are under scrutiny, with some bikes collecting data this season.Β There’s also been a change with RPM limits. Manufacturers will start 2024 how they ended 2023 – except Ducati, who have their original 2023 limit back.
Pre-season insights
The Official Test at Phillip Island serves as a crucial platform for teams and riders to assess their readiness for the season ahead,Β as pre-season testing has already provided insights, setting the stage for Round 1.

Toprak Razgatlioglu‘s move to BMW proves promising, with a strong paceΒ and significant improvements noted.Β Jonathan ReaΒ impresses despite lacking outright speed, showcasing consistent performance during testing. Meanwhile,Β Alvaro Bautista‘s adaptation struggles and injuryΒ setbacks contrast withΒ Nicolo Bulega‘s standout performances for Ducati

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