The World Superbike Championship for 2016 is five rounds in and it is the familiar names from last year who are already making a strong claim for this year's championship.
The most competitive and consistent package from last year, Jonathan Rea aboard the KRT Kawasaki has made a strong start to 2016, sitting top of the championship, 35 points ahead of second place. Team mate Tom Sykes has also made a decent start and is currently in third place in the standings aboard the competitive Kawasaki ZX10R. Second place is currently occupied by Chaz Davies, aboard a bike which is the most improved form the beginning of the season, the factory Ducati Panigale.
The closest challenge to Kawasaki and Ducati seems likely to come from Honda who have breathed new life into the oldest bike on the grid. Yamaha are yet to get up to speed with their new R1 and BMW are still too far off the pace to mount a significant challenge towards the podium places. With a new Honda Fireblade and a new Suzuki GSXR1000 not coming until next year, it seems that the World Superbike champion for 2016 will end the final race riding either a Kawasaki ZX10R or a Ducati Panigale.