How is the 2021 WorldSSP grid shaping up?

Thursday, 29 October 2020 10:34 GMT

Some big changes to the 2021 WorldSSP grid have already been announced but plenty more seats are still available

The grid up and down the FIM Supersport World Championship paddock is starting to take shape but there are also some seats to be taken ahead of the 2021 season. With the 2020 World Champion one of a handful of riders vacating their seat to move into WorldSBK, the look of the grid for the 2021 season could be vastly different.

Both the 2020 Champion and runner-up vacated their seats in WorldSSP to take on the challenge in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship for next year with Andrea Locatelli and Lucas Mahias leaving a ride available at BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team and Kawasaki Puccetti Racing; although the latter was quickly filled by Turkish star Can Öncü, who had raced for Turkish Racing Team in 2020. Öncü will be joined at the team by Philipp Oettl, who will embark on his second year with the outfit after showing strong pace in his debut season in World Supersport.

Jules Cluzel will stay with GMT94 Yamaha after he had a season disrupted by an injury sustained in a crash at MotorLand Aragon, but the Frenchman, who has finished in the top five in the Championship in every season he has competed in, will line-up alongside a new teammate for 2021 with the team announcing Federico Caricasulo will replace Corentin Perolari, with the Frenchman departing the team for a new challenge in 2021; although Christophe Guyot (Team Manager) will help Perolari find a new ride for next season.

One of the other big talking points following the conclusion of the 2020 WorldSSP season is PTR splitting with Honda ahead of the 2021 season with the combination able to challenge for the title in 2009 and 2010; and picking up 18 wins and 30 podiums together. In 2020, the team was represented by Hikari Okubo and Patrick Hobelsberger as the sole team running Honda machinery.

These changes to the grid so far mean the sole seat at BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team is still available, and after the dominant season the outfit had, there could be a long queue of riders looking to be on the bike for 2021. There is also a seat available, based on the team running two bikes in 2020, at Kallio Racing following Viñales’ move to ORELAC Racing VerdNatura in 2021; with the Finland-based team showing strong form throughout 2020.

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