Thread: British Superbikes 2007
7th Dec 06, 19:59 #1
British Superbikes 2007
List as of Feb 2nd:
BSB 2007 outline list
HM Plant Honda - Kiyonari & Rea
Honda UK - Leon Camier
Airwaves Ducati (GSE) - Haslam & Lavilla
Rizla Suzuki - Walker & Cal Crutchlow
Virgin Yamaha - Hill & Haydon
Stobart Honda - Byrne & Tom Sykes
MSS Kawasaki - Rutter
NB Suzuki - Ollie Bridewell & Tommy Bridewell
Hydrex Honda - Harris & Guy Martin
Hardinge Honda - Tom Tunstall
PR Branson Honda - Sean Emmett
Trackstar MV - Brian McCormack
AIM Yamaha - Steve Plater (confirmed Feb 2nd)
Hawk Kawasaki (2) - Peter Hickman & ??
plus the privateers and anyone else who shows up before we start in April.
Riders (probably) looking for work: Neil Hodgson, Dean Thomas, Scott Smart, Ben Wilson, Chris Martin, James Buckingham, etc.
Last edited by patnicholls; 2nd Feb 07 at 21:45."Of course, what many people tend to forget is that Glen Richards was 2nd in the 1993 Australian 125cc championship" - Jack Burnicle on BSB at Snetterton, June 2008
7th Dec 06, 21:48 #2
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11th Dec 06, 14:46 #3
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Karl Harris has signed for Hydrex Honda as Honda UK didn't have the budget to run him.
Ben Wilson is rumoured to be Harris's team mate at Hydrex
Scott Smart was rumoured to be considering running his own team and bikes next year if he can find the funding
10th Jan 07, 23:26 #4
List updated above with today's news."Of course, what many people tend to forget is that Glen Richards was 2nd in the 1993 Australian 125cc championship" - Jack Burnicle on BSB at Snetterton, June 2008
13th Jan 07, 21:41 #5
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24th Jan 07, 23:46 #6
Updated the list up top with recent accouncements.
Looking good!"Of course, what many people tend to forget is that Glen Richards was 2nd in the 1993 Australian 125cc championship" - Jack Burnicle on BSB at Snetterton, June 2008
29th Jan 07, 19:40 #7
It does look good, although I can see the championship being down to the same 3 as last year! I hope Rizla get their act together a bit, I would love to see Walker win the title. But I don't know whether putting Crutchlow in the 2nd seat will work if they want to win the title - what does anyone else reckon?It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
2nd Feb 07, 21:37 #8
Well, most of the major stuff looks to be decided although there'll be the privateers and a few others to come before the season begins in two months time at Brands Hatch.
The title will probably be a fight between Airwaves Ducati and HM Plant Honda, with Stalker up there too I'd imagine. In a way I'm glad Kiyo and Greg have stayed as it shows what a quality championship we have to have them here, though part of me thinks they have proved their stuff in BSB and should be giving Troy B a challenge in WSB. To be honest Shakey had terrible luck last year (missed a round or two injured, was horrendously ill at one of the Oulton Park rounds but still got on the podium, the bikes got stolen by some idiots and buried in mud, etc). Without that he'd have been much closer in 2006, so all being normal I expect a better season for Rizla Suzuki this time. Although I think everyone would probably get a bit emotional if Chris actually won it - did anyone stay remotely calm at Assen last year?!?
And yes, I'm including Jonny Rea in the championship makeup - the boy has a big, big future imho.
Stobart Honda have a lot of answers to deliver this year and no excuses, with former champ Shakey Byrne. Boss Paul Bird - whose passion can't be faulted, and is never short of a soundbite - has apparently been trying to resign Shakey for a couple of years so has got his man again, although his other recent riders have hardly been slouches and not delivered either. Tom Sykes comes up from British Supersport with a good record there and needs to get on the pace pretty quickly too.
Rizla Suzuki have another top rookie with British Supersport Champ Cal Crutchlow taking one of the best opportunities out there and he should be a force this year. His team-mate from last year, Leon Camier, had a rough season since taking the BSS title but again has a chance to do well with a Honda UK-backed bike.
Several riders have found themselves elbowed out of top seats and down the pecking order in recent years in favour of new talent. For 2007 Michael Rutter rides a factory Kawasaki in what is probably a make-or-break year for him. He's had many chances to take the title and been close but not close enough, and might find things tricky on a Kawasaki. Sean Emmett - on his day a brilliant talent - won a race last year in British Supersport but also had more than his share of woes, often self-inflicted. This season he rides for PR Branson Honda who took the privateer title last year and are stepping up to the main class; let's hope we get to see the best of them. Steve Plater competes for AIM Yamaha who he took victory with at Macau last year. His 2006 BSB was very forgettable but we know he's still got the ability, as he showed on the streets.
Karl Harris has also been pushed aside after a season of fast but inconsistent riding on the HM Plant bike, too often finding himself lying down with a destroyed bike around him. In 2007 he takes a seat at Hydrex Honda who struggled in 2006 with Glen Richards and Gary Mason, and for selected races may be partnered by road racing specialist Guy Martin, who has some impressive sideburns!
Elsewhere, Virgin Yamaha keep Tommy Hill and resign James Haydon again, 4th time there now for JH, but have not been troubling the very front of the grid regularly in recent times.
NB Suzuki - formerly Vivaldi - have opted for an all-ginger lineup with brothers Ollie and Tommy Bridewell.
Tom Tunstall and his Hardinge Honda team return from an underwhelming time in World Supersport to compete in BSB, and others signed up include young talent Peter Hickman for Hawk Kawasaki, and Brian McCormack for Trackstar Racing - who are funded by some West Ham United footballers and run an MV Augusta Superbike.
Some seats remain undecided, and some riders still on the sidelines, but it's shaping up to be another good season in BSB
16th Feb 07, 21:44 #9
What about Scott Smart, Dean Thomas and Glen Richards?It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
17th Feb 07, 02:33 #10
9th Mar 07, 22:42 #11
Is there usually a media day, I can't remember?! If so, when and where is it and when will we have a definitive entry list?It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
10th Mar 07, 14:03 #12
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I understand that all the entry lists should be finalised and announced on 12th March
The official test is 23-25 March at Snetterton which will no doubt have the media in full attendance
12th Mar 07, 14:10 #13
There's a provisional entry list here:
The date at the bottom is 03/02/07, although it does have all the main players.It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
14th Mar 07, 13:52 #14
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Superstock entry list
Superstock looks ultra competitive with a dozen people capable of winning races. Probably make for better racing than the Superbikes.
Supersport entry list
11th Apr 07, 00:26 #15
Surprised no-one's mentioned the start of BSB that was this weekend.
The strength in depth is stunning, with a couple of IoM TT winners well down the grid (in fact, Ryan Farquar didn't even qualify), and big names like Sean Emmett, Scott Smart, Steve Plater and James Haydon were also well back and scrabbling for the last couple of points.
Gregorio Lavilla took both wins very impressively, with the podium spots going to Jonny Rea (who set the fastest ever lap of Brands Hatch in qualifying, faster than WSB) and an absolutely superb debut from Leon Camier with a second and a third each.
Elsewhere there was the return to Britain of the Stalker who just slipped back to 5th in race one after looking good for a podium all race, a surprising struggle for reigning champ Kiyo who looked off-form, and some more young guns coming through to impress ahead of better-known names (Tom Sykes, Simon Andrews, Peter Hickman, Cal Crutchlow although he had some tyre woes in the end).
It really does look tough to win for this year, but is going to be a great season!
11th Apr 07, 12:18 #16
11th Apr 07, 15:15 #17when they finish I will see my first ever BSB racesPhantom... Bike Who Parks
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11th Apr 07, 16:16 #18
I totally forgot there was a race on Monday, did ITV show the races? they were advertising the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix and boat race but I dont think they even mentioned there was a BSB round
Also for the Thruxton Round ITV only has an 1h30min slot will they be showing both races?
Mach24 were do you download the races from? can you please PM me the linksI got my motorcycle jacket, but I'm walking all the time...
11th Apr 07, 22:25 #19
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They showed the races on ITV4.
If Thruxton's a 1:30 timeslot they'll show highlights of the first one then the full second one, or something like that. That's what they did last year anyway.
11th Apr 07, 22:29 #20
Yeah it was on ITV4 for two hours for the opener with the second race live, bizarrely at 5pm. There was a fair bit of chit-chat though, they could squeeze both races in full into an hour-and-a-half with a bit less build-up.