The British flags will be flying high once again in WorldSBK next season with six UK riders now confirmed on arguably one of the highest quality rider line-ups of recent years.
With the 2023 WorldSBK season done and dusted, the provisional entry list now has a complete set of ten riders for the five factory manufacturer teams, plus another ten riders confirmed with satellite teams.
Following a decline of British representation on the world stage in recent years, the Union Jack will fly high with six riders now confirmed for 2024, including each of this year's four representatives plus two newcomers.
Leading the charge will be a familiar face in Jonathan Rea in an unfamiliar place at Yamaha following his defection from Kawasaki, while Scott Redding shimmies over from the factory ROKiT BMW Motorrad squad to the satellite yet equally competitive Bonovo Action effort.
Meanwhile, Alex Lowes enters into his fifth season at Kawasaki ready to assume the role of team leader in Rea's absence and, for the first time, he'll be joined on the grid by his twin brother Sam Lowes, who makes the transition from Moto2 with esteemed Grand Prix title winning-debutants Marc VDS Racing.
Also making his full WorldSBK debut at long last will be Tarran Mackenzie, who has been awarded a well-deserved promotion to the 1000cc class by MIE Racing. After missing out on the chance to graduate in 2022 in the wake of his 2021 BSB title win, a character-building - albeit race-winning season in WorldSSP - has justly earned him the chance to lead the Czech-Japanese outfit at WorldSBK level.
Finally, Bradley Ray has earned a stay of execution with Motoxracing Yamaha into 2024 and this time he will contest all 12 rounds after the Italian team also confirmed plans to contest the flyaways at the start of the year too
The International delegation
Beyond the British delegation, the 2024 WorldSBK Championship will see witness one of the biggest shake-ups in recent seasons.
Defending champions Aruba.it Racing Ducati will target a hat-trick with Alvaro Bautista, while at the same time planning for the future by promoting its runaway WorldSSP title-winner Nicolo Bulega alongside him.
Just as significant as Rea's move to Yamaha - alongside the retained Andrea Locatelli - is his predecessor Toprak Razgatlioglu's decision to join BMW in a bid to lead it to its first WorldSBK title, the Turk being paired up with former Yamaha team-mate Michael van der Mark.
Like Ducati, Kawasaki is forging a fresh future with young blood with its signing of Axel Bassani, the standout privateer over the past three seasons finally getting his shot of full-fat factory machinery, while Honda stick with Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge for another two seasons.
Among the satellite ranks, GYTR GRT Yamaha hold onto quietly impressive rookies Dominique Aegerter and Remy Gardner for their sophomore campaigns, while Danilo Petrucci remains on board the Barni Spark Ducati.
On a grid already teeming with former MotoGP stars, Andrea Iannone will be the latest to bring premier class gravitas to the WorldSBK grid with the Go Eleven Ducati squad. It will mark his first season of racing since 2019 when he received a suspension for doping offences, a sentence that would eventually extend out to four years.
With a total of six Ducati Panigale V4 Rs swelling the ranks in 2023, Aruba.it Racing exile Michael Ruben Rinaldi lands at Motocorsa Racing in place of Bassani, while Philipp Oetll lands at GMT94 Yamaha following his split from Go Eleven.
Over at BMW, Garrett Gerloff stays on board at Bonovo Action as he attempts to build on a strong end to his 2023 WorldSBK campaign, while the aforementioned Mackenzie will be joined by another WorldSBK rookie in ex-Moto3/2 rider Adam Norrodin.
Of those still to confirm plans, Kawasaki-supported Puccetti Racing, Orelac Racing and TPR by Vinales Racing are expected to return but are yet to announce riders.
|2024 WorldSBK Rider Line-up so far [provisional as of November 2023]|
|Alvaro Bautista||🇪🇦||Aruba Racing Ducati||Ducati Panigale V4 R||⏸️|
|Nicolo Bulega||🇮🇹||Aruba Racing Ducati||Ducati Panigale V4 R||🆕|
|Jonathan Rea||🇬🇧||Pata Yamaha Crescent Racing||Yamaha R1||🔀|
|Andrea Locatelli||🇮🇹||Pata Yamaha Crescent Racing||Yamaha R1||⏸️|
|Toprak Razgatlioglu||🇹🇷||ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK||BMW M 1000 RR||🔀|
|Michael van der Mark||🇳🇱||ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK||BMW M 1000 RR||⏸️|
|Axel Bassani||🇮🇹||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||🔀|
|Alex Lowes||🇬🇧||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||⏸️|
|Xavi Vierge||🇪🇦||Team HRC Honda||Honda CBR1000RR-R||⏸️|
|Iker Lecuona||🇪🇦||Team HRC Honda||Honda CBR1000RR-R||⏸️|
|Danilo Petrucci||🇮🇹||Barni Spark Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R||⏸️|
|Sam Lowes||🇬🇧||Marc VDS Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R||🆕|
|Scott Redding||🇬🇧||Bonovo Action||BMW M 1000 RR||🔀|
|Garrett Gerloff||🇺🇲||Bonovo Action||BMW M 1000 RR||⏸️|
|Dominique Aegerter||🇨🇭||GYTR GRT||Yamaha R1||⏸️|
|Remy Gardner||🇦🇺||GYTR GRT||Yamaha R1||⏸️|
|Andrea Iannone||🇮🇹||Team Go Eleven||Ducati Panigale V4 R||🆕|
|Michael Ruben Rinaldi||🇮🇹||Motocorsa Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R||🔀|
|Adam Norrodin||🇲🇾||MIE Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||🆕|
|Tarran Mackenzie||🇬🇧||MIE Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||🆕|
|Bradley Ray||🇬🇧||Motoxracing||Yamaha R1||⏸️|
|Philipp Oettl||🇩🇪||GMT 94||Yamaha R1||🔀|
|TBC (Oliver Konig)||-||Orelac VerdNatura||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|TBC (Tito Rabat)||-||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|TBC (Isaac Vinales)||-||TPR by Vinales Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|