The long wait for motorcycle racing fans is over. The winter test ban for the World Superbike ends today, and a number of teams will take to the track in Spain and Portugal over the next four days, weather permitting.
The World Superbike paddock is split between Portimao in Portugal and Almeria in southern Spain for the next few days, with Aprilia, Pata Honda and Ducati heading to Portimao, while Kawasaki and Voltcom Suzuki start at Almeria. Suzuki will pack up after two days at Almeria and join Aprilia, Honda and Ducati at Portimao until the 20th of January. The Yakhnich MV Agusta team will also be testing at Portimao, as will the World Supersport teams of PTR Honda and Mahi Kawasaki.
Kawasaki and Honda will be back in southern Spain in early February, with the factory Kawasaki team being joined by the Pedercini squad and Pata Honda for two days at Jerez. Everyone then packs up and heads much further south, to Australia, for the season opener at Phillip Island on 23rd February.
Below is the preseason testing schedule for the World Superbike, World Supersport and Superstock teams for the next few weeks:
|16-20th January||Aprilia||Marco Melandri, Alex Hofmann|
|16-18th January||Pata Honda||Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, Michael vd Mark, Lorenzo Zanetti|
|17-20th January||Ducati||Chaz Davies, Davide Giugliano|
|19-20th January||Voltcom Suzuki||Eugene Laverty, Alex Lowes|
|MV Agusta YMS||Claudio Corti, Jules Cluzel, Vladimir Leonov|
|PTR Honda||Jack Kennedy, Nacho Perez, Ratthapark Wilairot|
|Mahi Kawasaki||Fabien Foret, Kenan Sofuoglu|
|DMC Lorenzini||Kev Coghlan, Vladimir Ivanov|
|16-17th January||Kawasaki||Tom Sykes, Loris Baz, David Salom|
|Voltcom Suzuki||Eugene Laverty, Alex Lowes|
|Team Pucetti Kawasaki||Roberto Tamburini|
|5-6th February||Kawasaki||Tom Sykes, Loris Baz, David Salom|
|Pata Honda||Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, Michael vd Mark, Lorenzo Zanetti|
|Team Pedercini||Alessandro Andreozzi, Mark Aitchison, Lorenzo Savadori, Balasz Nemeth, Romain Lanusse|