Big hit­ters join WSB party

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

The 2017 World Su­per­bike grid looks set for a much needed shake-up with a host of moves set to in­ject a fresh round of in­ter­est into the se­ries.

As re­ported in last week’s MCN, Aruba Du­cati have now of­fi­cially con­firmed that Marco Me­landri will join Chaz Davies aboard the Pani­gale R next sea­son, with the Ital­ian re­turn­ing to ac­tion after an 18-month hia­tus fol­low­ing his short and ill-fated Grand Prix re­turn with Aprilia in 2015.

It has also been con­firmed that 2011 Moto2 world cham­pion Stefan Bradl will join Nicky Hay­den in the Honda Rac­ing squad next year, with young Dutch­man Michael van der Mark ex­pected to leave Honda to join Bri­tain’s Alex Lowes at PATA Yamaha.

Van der Mark’s move looks likely to leave Sylvain Guin­toli out in the cold for 2017 after two tough sea­sons for the French­man since win­ning the world ti­tle with Aprilia in 2014. Where he might end up re­mains to be seen, but there is al­ready strong ru­mours of a re­turn to the Bri­tish Su­per­bike pad­dock.

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