And It's official - "Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK have announced the hiring of Alex Lowes for the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season, officially confirming one of the most exciting rider lineups in the series."
Two-time World Superbike champion James Toseland has cast his eye over the 2020 season as he prepares to step back into the paddock as team manager to Danny Webb’s WRP Wepol Racing Yamaha squad. After retiring from racing back in 2011, Toseland has acted a mentor to a number of young riders...
If everything pans out WSBK might be an exciting year.
I've already got a trip booked to Jerez to see round 3 in person. Can't wait! Pre-season testing revealed about 10 riders within a second per lap at Portimao. (Kawasaki wasn't there - they independently did a private test at Catalunya.) Leon Haslam was faster than Alvaro Bautista on the Honda, which is interesting. The Honda wasn't topping the charts, but I have a funny feeling that they haven't shown all their cards (and might not have the brand-new bike completely sorted out yet). Most impressive in pre-season ... Toprak on the Yamaha. And Scott Redding was right there, too. Loris Baz came out of nowhere to be right near the top, too.
Engine rev limits for the start of the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship have been announced.
Among the 4 cylinder bikes, Kawasaki has the lowest rev limit, Ducati the highest and the new Honda is not far behind. Puts JR + Lowes at a disadvantage and Redding + Davies at an advantage. There are many things about the Ducati that are best of the bunch. But...KRT + manufacturer + JR are a well oiled machine...