Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 27 Sep 2014
With just two rounds remaining of the 2014 Superbike World Championship, the rumour mill is beginning to spin with negotiations well underway.
There are currently five riders signed up for 2015: Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies who signed two year deals with Ducati at the beginning of this season, Tom Sykes who signed a two-year extension with Kawasaki earlier this month, Michael van der Mark who steps up to the series with PATA Honda and Alex Lowes who is set to remain with Crescent Suzuki for another season.
Slightly later than usual, the final movers and shakers in the Grand Prix paddock are now starting to fall into place meaning deals can now begin to come together for riders in the production series.
One deal believed to be done already is for Jonathan Rea to join (potentially double) World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes in the factory Kawasaki outfit. Having remained loyal to Honda for so long with such little return, Rea has finally decided to up sticks in an effort to win a World Championship title. He’ll replace Loris Baz in the green team following a season in which the Frenchman and his British team mate have clashed on numerous occasions. Baz could be set to join van der Mark at Honda should his tipped MotoGP deals fall through, otherwise it looks like Sylvain Guintoli will take the CBR1000RR ride.
Leon Haslam is set to move on from the PATA Honda squad after a tough two years with the Dutch outfit. The 2010 championship runner up has been linked with a number of possible moves including a move into a new, factory-supported Aprilia team or a satellite Ducati outfit.
British Superbike star Josh Brookes has been linked to a move to World Superbikes for 2015 with rumoured interest from three teams including Crescent Suzuki and PATA Honda. Perhaps the most interesting of the Aussie’s rumoured options is a spot in an all-new Troy Corser-run BMW outfit. Corser attempted to set-up a team for 2014 with former crew chief Tom Larsen but a lack of funds saw the project end before it had started. However, Bike Social understands Corser already has funding in place for his 2015 venture and met with Brookes at Silverstone MotoGP to discuss a potential ride.
More negotiations are expected to take place as the World Superbike paddock reconvenes at Magny Cours next weekend.