The grid for the 2024 WorldSBK Championship is steadily beginning to fill with important announcements in recent weeks from the Kawasaki Racing Team and an all-new entry in Marc VDS Racing.
As it stands, four of the five factory teams have at least one confirmed rider for the 2024 WorldSBK season, though there remains many more competitive seats up for grabs.
Kawasaki became the first factory team confirm both of its riders following news that Jonathan Rea will again be joined by Alex Lowes. Excitingly for the Englishman, next year will see him size up against his twin brother Sam Lowes on the international stage for the first time after it was revealed he and Marc VDS Racing will switch from Moto2 with a customer Ducati entry.
Aruba.it Ducati, meanwhile, is still agonising over a decision for who will partner its champion Alvaro Bautista. After initial thoughts the seat would be chosen between Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Axel Bassani, the success of Aruba.it Ducati's runaway WorldSSP Championship leader Nicolo Bulega appears to be swinging the decision in his favour
The most seismic news for 2024 so far, however, is Toprak Razgatlioglu's impending switch from Yamaha to BMW. An announcement over whether Scott Redding or Michael van der Mark will partner him is expected imminently.
Meanwhile, Yamaha has given no indication of who could replace the Turk, but has confirmed Andrea Locatelli is staying on. Dominique Aegerter is the most likely candidate among Yamaha's internal applicants, but the likes of Franco Morbidelli, Fabio di Giannantonio or even Johann Zarco have been mooted for a switch from MotoGP too.
Over at Honda, while there is a desire to retain Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge, the former has been linked with a return to MotoGP at LCR Honda if Alex Rins leaves for Yamaha. If so, Rinaldi is thought to be top of its list of candidates.
Among the privateers, Bassani and Danilo Petrucci are set to stay with Motocorsa and Barni Ducati respectively, while the latter could add a second entry for Andrea Iannone.
If Aegerter goes to Pata Yamaha, his GYTR GRT squad could look to Bradley Ray or promote its leading WorldSSP candidate, Stefano Manzi.
|2024 WorldSBK Rider Line-up so far [provisional as of July 2023]|
|-||Rider [confirmed in bold, rumoured in italics]||Nat.||Team||Motorcycle|
|-||Alvaro Bautista||ESP||Aruba it Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|-||Nicolo Bulega||ITA||Aruba it Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|-||Andrea Locatelli||ITA||Pata Crescent Yamaha||Yamaha R1|
|-||Franco Morbidelli, Johann Zarco, Dominique Aegerter||-||Pata Crescent Yamaha||Yamaha R1|
|-||Jonathan Rea||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|-||Alex Lowes||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|-||Xavi Vierge, Iker Lecuona, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Scott Redding||-||HRC Honda||Honda CBR1000RR-R|
|-||-||HRC Honda||Honda CBR1000RR-R|
|-||Toprak Razgatlioglu||TUR||ROKiT BMW||BMW M 1000 RR|
|-||Michael van der Mark, Scott Redding||-||ROKiT BMW||BMW M 1000 RR|
|-||Danilo Petrucci, Andrea Iannone [2x rider team?]||ITA||Barni Spark Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|-||Sam Lowes||GBR||Marc VDS Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|-||Dominique Aegerter, Remy Gardner, Bradley Ray, Stefano Manzi||-||GYTR GTR Yamaha||Yamaha R1|
|-||-||GYTR GTR Yamaha||Yamaha R1|
|-||Philipp Oettl, Scott Redding||-||Go Eleven||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|-||Axel Bassani||ITA||Motocorsa Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|-||Garrett Gerloff||USA||Bonovo Action BMW||BMW M 1000 RR|
|-||Michael van der Mark, Scott Redding, Loris Baz||-||Bonovo Action BMW||BMW M 1000 RR|
|-||Lorenzo Baldassarri, Bradley Ray, Stefano Manzi, Valentin Debise||-||GMT94||Yamaha R1|
|-||Bradley Ray, Andrea Iannone|
|-||Hafizh Syahrin, Eric Granado, Tarran Mackenzie||-||Petronas MIE Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R|
|-||-||Petronas MIE Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R|
|-||TBA||-||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|-||TBA||-||Orelac Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|-||TBA||-||TPR by Vinales Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|