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Bautista the pivot, Iannone between Go Eleven, BMW and beyond: the SBK market in chiaroscuro

ANALYSIS - Negotiations have yet to get into full swing, and as many as three official teams are being called upon to define their set-up for next year. Who will make the first move and who will take the risk?

SBK: Bautista the pivot, Iannone between Go Eleven, BMW and beyond: the SBK market in chiaroscuro

The MotoGP rider transfer market has already entered into full swing, and a major shakeup is expected in the coming weeks once Pecco Bagnaia's teammate is made official. While in the MotoGP paddock we are gearing up for an incandescent June, in the Superbike paddock all is quiet or almost quiet for the moment.

The most coveted bike on the grid is certainly the Ducati, and everyone is waiting for the move that Alvaro Bautista will make. Rumors in the paddock hint that, barring any sensational twists and turns, the Spaniard may revive his ambitions for next season as well, flanking Nicolò Bulega, who, as we all know, benefits from a two-year contract until 2025.

One of the factory riders whose contract is expiring, however, is Alex Lowes, who will have to renegotiate everything with Bimota, and the same goes for Michael Van der Mark, whose agreement expires at the end of 2024.

In this regard, on the BMW front, the Munich-based manufacturer is carefully evaluating the Dutchman's performance and at the same time monitoring Andrea Iannone, whose contract with Go Eleven is also expiring at the end of the year despite an option on the table for 2025.

In these first championship races Andrea has certainly amazed observers and on the table at the moment he has two options: continue with Go Eleven or sit down at the table with BMW top management and discuss a new challenge with the German factory.

As he himself stated in Assen, his priority is to join an official team and, for this very reason, The Maniac is waiting to see what Alvaro Bautista is going to do. In the event of the Spaniard bidding farewell, the Aruba Racing Panigale V4 would see the rider from Vasto as the first candidate to pick up the baton.

In short, the Superbike 2025 market all revolves around Alvaro Bautista: once the Spaniard makes his decision it will then be a domino effect.

Among those who have their places almost certain for next season, or rather according to what is written on their respective contracts, we can find Axel Bassani as well as Johnny Rea and Andrea Locatelli. The same goes for the Honda riders, Vierge and Lecuona, despite the severe crisis HRC is experiencing in terms of results.

Finally, watch out for those who are weighing up the move from Supersport to Superbike: this is the case of Stefano Manzi, who has put Dominique Aegerter's place in his sights. GRT's Swiss rider is therefore forewarned!

SUPERBIKE MARKET 2025 - FACTORY TEAMS

Aruba.it Racing - Ducati: Nicolo Bulega - TBA
Pata Prometeon Yamaha: Jonathan Rea - Andrea Locatelli
Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team: Axel Bassani - TBA
Honda HRC Team: Iker Lecuona - Xavi Vierge
ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: Toprak Razgatlioglu - TBA

 

Translated by Julian Thomas

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