Sunday, 10 September 2017

BSB: Showdown riders confirmed

After a bordering on ridiculous round at Silverstone in which the extremely bad weather resulted in a huge number of non-finishes, the top six riders who will fight for the 2017 BSB title has finally been decided.

Shane Byrne leads the way on his showdown-elevated 532 points. Kawasaki rider, Leon Haslam is second with Josh Brookes taking the third showdown place. After scoring race wins in the regular season, Jake Dixon grabs the fourth spot with Peter Hickman and Jason O'Halloran taking the final two places.

Monday, 21 August 2017

BSB: Showdown six still not set

With only three races to go before the top six is decided for the British Superbike championship title fight, none of the riders currently occupying those places are secure!

The 2017 championship has been very closely fought, no one rider has been able to make a break or distance himself from the rest of the field. Shane Byrne currently lies at the top of the standings but after a slow start to the season, he is only 10 points ahead of second place Leon Haslam and a further 16 ahead of Peter Hickman in third. Most people would expect these three to make the final showdown six though, with the other three places being contested by Jason O'Halloran, Josh Brookes, Luke Mossey, Jake Dixon, Christian Iddon and James Ellison. Any of those six could still also make the showdown, making the triple header at Silverstone a very exciting prospect!

In other news, credit must go to Lee Jackson who despite not having a shot at the top six this season, grabbed his first BSB podium by finished second in the second race this weekend for the Smiths Racing BMW team.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

WSBK: Rea's to lose

We are only four rounds into the 2017 World Superbike Championship but already the dominance of Jonathan Rea means he has a 64 point lead over his team mate, Tom Sykes.The Ducati's of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies lie in fourth and third positions but their inconsistency may have already proved their downfall.

Fans were hoping that the new Honda Fireblade and a return of a factory-backed Aprilia team would have made for more competition for Kawasaki and Ducati but this has not been the case. Honda in particular have actually managed to take a step backwards with the new Fireblade, which boasts more power and more sophisticated electronics than the outgoing bike. It is clear that if Honda are serious about being competitive in World Superbike then then need to invest quickly in improving the new Fireblade's package within the current World Superbike technical regulations, as it is currently being consistently bested by Kawasaki, Ducati, Yamaha and even non-factory teams.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

BSB: New season under way

The 2017 British Superbike Championship has begun and already there are signs that again it will be an exciting and closely fought championship.

Leon Haslam leads the standings for JG Speedfit Kawasaki after a dream start to the season which saw him take a double at his home track at Donington Park. His team mate, Luke Mossey is closely behind in second with returning former champion, Josh Brookes making a solid start to the season in fourth place despite joining a new team and being away from the championship last season in World Superbikes.

It has been a tough start to the championship for reigning champion Shane Byrne. So far, the Ducati rider has scored no podium finishes and lies 14th in the standings, behind promising Suzuki rookie, Brad Ray. However, the format of the championship means he is still in the title race but he will be looking for strong podium finishes at the next round, Oulton Park.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

WSBK: Season preview

With the start of the 2017 World Superbike Championship only one week away, now is a good time to make some predictions about the new season. There are few in doubt that this season will be one of the most exciting seasons in recent years and hopefully put a dent in the dominance of the championship by Kawasaki and Ducati.

Yamaha are in their second season with their new R1 and should be able to make the experience of last year count, allied to their young rider line-up of Alex Lowes and Michael Van der Mark, who switches from Honda. Honda themselves will be hoping for better things from their all new Fireblade and with the might of the Honda factory behind them it is unlikely that the experienced pairing of Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl will have a slow bike underneath them!

Aprilia also step up their efforts in 2017 with a fully factory supported line-up of Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori.

Expect Chaz Davies to continue his strong end to 2016 aboard the factory Ducati joined this year by veteran rider, Marco Melandri who has the pedigree to mix it at the front of the grid, although he has had time away from the sport.

Despite the increase in competition, it is difficult to look past the ultra consistent and strongest rider line-up on the grid, Tom Sykes and reigning champion Jonathan Rea who again ride for the factory Kawasaki team in 2017.

Leon Camier is again the sole rider in the factory MV Agusta effort and could well surprise a few people as he aims for the podium in 2017.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

BSB: New season taking shape

With the season of testing fast approaching for the start of the 2017 British Superbike Championship, most of the rider line up for an arguably even more exciting new season has been confirmed.

Reigning champion and 2017 favourite Shane Byrne stays with the Be Wiser Ducati team as they attempt to secure back to back championships aboard the Ducati Panigale 1299. Haslam stays with Kawasaki but switches to the Bournemouth Kawasaki squad as 2016 runners up, GB Moto, leave the paddock.

The biggest news concerns the return of consistent BSB podium finisher and 2015 champion, Josh Brookes. He joins the Anvil Hire Yamaha team in a late deal which should throw even more action and competition into the title race.

The consistent pairing of Dan Linfoot and Jason O'Halloran return for Honda racing aboard the brand new Honda Fireblade, knowing that they should now have the machinery to match the top teams in the paddock. Also racing a brand new bike for this year are the Bennetts Suzuki squad who welcome back Sylvain Guintoli to the championship alongside Superstock 1000 champion, Taylor Mackenzie aboard the 2017 GSXR 1000.

There will be two more Yamaha R1's on the grid next year as Team Traction Control, backed by Monster Energy and McAms, move up to the BSB stage after performing well in the Supersport class in recent seasons. They have possibly the strongest two-rider line-up in the paddock in former race winners James Ellison and Michael Laverty.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

BSB: Byrne is the champion

After an action packed and weather-effected final race of the season at Brands Hatch, Shane Byrne came away with his fifth British Superbike championship as Haslam had a bad weekend from start to finish, picking up a minor injury and missing out on vital grid positions, giving himself too much to do in the races.

Going into the final race of the season it was clear that both Byrne and Haslam deserved to win the championship after proving to be easily the strongest two riders over the course of the regular season as well as the early showdown rounds. We can expect more battles between the two riders next year as both are staying put in the British Superbike championship for 2017 when Byrne will attempt to secure his sixth title!