February 10th

Vivid new colour schemes to light up WorldSBK this year

The 2017 World Superbike grid looks set to be the most colourful in recent memory, after four more teams revealed their liveries ahead of the new season.

With the new season rapidly approaching, the Honda, Yamaha, Ducati and Kawasaki outfits all showed off their paint jobs this week, with some new designs set to add extra vibrancy to the grid.

The Honda World Superbike team will be hard to miss on track this year, after announcing a title sponsorship deal with energy drink giant Red Bull. The striking Red Bull colours adorn the new Honda CBR1000RR machines that former MotoGP™ Champion Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl will compete on, with Bradl making his debut in the series having competed in MotoGP™ for the past five seasons.

Meanwhile, the PATA Yamaha squad also showed off their 2017 design, which will be raced this year by Donington local Alex Lowes and Dutchman Michael van der Mark. With additional backing from Yamaha in 2017, there will be a strong presence from the Japanese manufacturer in the paddocks this campaign, with twelve officially supported riders throughout the various classes that race on the World Superbike package.

The Aruba.it Racing Ducati outfit are aiming for the title this year following Welshman Chaz Davies’ run of seven victories from the final eight races in 2016. Davies is joined by Italian Marco Melandri, with the Italian manufacturer pulling the wraps off their traditional red Panigale R machines on Wednesday.

Finally, on Thursday, the Kawasaki Racing Team unveiled the machines that Jonathan Rea will hope will take him to a third consecutive crown. Rea, champion in 2015 and 16 is joined once more by Donington dominator Tom Sykes, with the pair set to do battle on the black and green Ninja ZX-10RR.

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