After a difficult 2009, the World Superbike paddock is slowly starting to fill up. Although generously endowed with factory-backed entries, with 7 manufacturers submitting 14 full-factory (or nearly full-factory, in the case of Ten Kate Honda) supported riders, beyond that the pickings are rather slim, with just the Althea Ducati team, Echo CRS and Guandalini Aprilia adding 4 more riders.
To their numbers can be added the Pedercini Kawasaki team. Rumors floating round the WSBK paddock had previously hinted at Pedercini being forced to pull out of the series for 2010 due to a lack of funds, but Dutch exhaust manufacturer Laser has stepped in to help. Laser Exhausts will be taking the place of previous partners Akrapovic, and providing financial support to allow the Pedercini team to field two riders in the World Superbike class and two in the FIM Superstock 1000 class. No rider signings have yet been announced.
Laser will be also using their partnership with the team to help develop their Hotcam 2 exhaust technology. The team's Kawasaki ZX-10Rs will be fitted with the Hotcam 2 race slipons, together with titanium full race systems, which the team has already been developing with Laser. "We can say that the first test has been successfully completed with major gains in power," Pedercini said. "An unheard of luxury so early in the year."