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World Superbike Field Released

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The provisional entry list for the 2015 Superbike World Championship announced overnight, sees a tantalising mix of proven race winners, experienced campaigners and exciting new talent, set to launch their seasons in just three weeks at the opening Phillip Island Swann round from February 20-22.

And in world supersport, Australia will enjoy a permanent presence with New South Welshman Glenn Scott set to campaign a Honda under the AARK Racing banner.

Twenty-six riders from nine different countries have been named on the WSBK entry list, spread across eight different manufacturers: Aprilia, BMW Motorrad, Ducati, EBR, Kawasaki, Honda, MV Agusta and Suzuki. Leading the charge will be current world champion Sylvain Guintoli, but he'll be defending his No. 1 plate on a Pata Honda after leaving Aprilia at the end of his stellar 2014 season.

The man the UK-based Guintoli overran in the final round of 2014, Tom Sykes, remains under the factory Kawasaki Racing Team awning in 2015, but now alongside a new teammate in the form of fellow Briton Jonathan Rea.

Combined, Sykes and Rea have 38 world superbike victories to their name, and undoubtedly shape as the most potent combination in 2015. A recent two-day test at Jerez in Spain only confirmed that, with Sykes and Rea second and third on the timesheets behind Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Davide Giugliano.

Giugliano's teammate Chaz Davies was fourth ahead of Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Red Devils) and Alex Lowes (Crescent Suzuki) ‰ÛÒ the redoubtable Briton set to be one of the big improvers in 2015 with a year of intense WSBK competition now under his belt.

It wasn't the best of outings at Jerez for Guintoli however, who crashed early on day one and suffered ankle and shoulder injuries, but he'll be okay to begin his defence at Phillip Island on February 22. In 2014 Guintoli shared wins at Phillip Island with former Suzuki rider Eugene Laverty.

Meanwhile, Giugliano looks to be in strong form ahead of the Aussie opener, and he should be one of the big improvers in 2015 alongside former British superbike champion, Lowes.

"We‰Ûªve been able to test a lot of small things calmly and methodically," Giugliano said after setting the fastest time at Jerez. "I‰Ûªm really pleased that, together with the team, I‰Ûªve been able to find good feeling with the bike, something that I hope remains unchanged in the next tests that we‰Ûªll carry out at Phillip Island before the races. We‰Ûªll continue to work however, so as to be as prepared as possible for the opening races.‰Û

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