Tuesday, 27 September 2016

BSB: Byrne with the advantage

The British Superbike season for 2016 is nearing its climax. Round one of the showdown at the fantastic Donington Park circuit is complete with Byrne taking a double win to leave the circuit with the 27 point advantage heading to Assen this weekend.

Haslam will be looking to close the ground on Byrne at the famour Dutch circuit and will need a very strong weekend to keep his championship hopes alive after he fell in the second race at his home circuit at Donington Park.

O'Halloran also left with less points than he would have been hoping for after being taken out in the second race. Other title fighters, Linfoot, Ellison and Mossey will all be looking for podiums which should make the racing at Assen as good as it has ever been!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

BSB: Byrne edging away

Shane Byrne may have started the season comparitivly slowly but his PBM team have developed the Ducati Panigale from twitchy factory superbike to something that he can ride consistently and win races on. The fact that he managed two wins at Brands Hatch GP will concern his rivals as the season ending showdown finishes with three races at the Kent circuit.

As expected before the season began, Leon Haslam is his closest rival, just 14 points behind the Ducati rider in the podium points standings. He will be hoping to end the season strongly to close that gap but more importantly give him some momentum heading into the first round of the showdown at his home round of Donington Park.

There is a huge battle behind Haslam and Byrne for the last four showdown positions but it is likely at this stage that the championship will go to one of these two main contenders.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

BSB: Showdown taking shape

To be in with a chance of winning the championship, riders must be in the top six positions in the championship after the races at Oulton Park in september. As in recent seasons, those top six riders then get 500 points plus the points they have scored by gaining podium finishes throughout the early part of the championship.

PBM Ducati's Shane Byrne currently leads the championship with Leon Haslam in second spot. Both of these riders have all but secured their place in the top six come the final three showdown rounds of the season. Honda currently have two of their riders in the top six in form of Jason O'Halloran and Dan Linfoot. Completing the top six are Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty and JG Speedfit Kawsaki's James Ellison. All of these riders are under threat from four of five riders currently below them in the championship standings. All of this means a very exciting end to the regular season with confirmation of the top six unlucky to be finalised before the end of the last race of the triple header at Oulton Park!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

BSB: Haslam the early leader

It has been a predictably close and exciting start to the British Superbike Championship. There have been 5 different race winners after only 8 races of the season! Another 5 podium finishers and it means it will be more difficult than ever to make it into the end of season showdown.

Leon Haslam, aboard the JG Speedfit Kawasaki leads the championship ahead of Shane Byrne in second position and Tyco BMW rider, Christian Iddon in third. Haslam will be pleased how quickly he has adapted his riding, after spending almost a decade away from the tight and twisty British tracks and having to revert to no traction control and less advanced electronics than he has been used to.

Monday, 6 June 2016

WSBK: Brits top the table

The World Superbike Championship is already at the halfway point. Two wins at Donington Park at the last round have meant that Tom Sykes has retaken his position in second place in the championship and made up some ground on championship leader, Jonathan Rea. Chaz Davies slips to third place in the standings but still has a big lead over fourth place man, Davide Guigliano.

With Brits making up the top three as well as a total of five Brits in the top 10, it is another strong showing for the UK at world championship level racing. Much of this comes down to a having such a strong domestic championship will all five of these racers starting their career in BSB and all having championship or race wins at that level.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

WSBK: Kawasaki and Ducati dominance

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.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

BSB: Early season update

The 2016 British Superbike championship is only two rounds in but is already shaping up to be another fantastic season of close and unpredictable racing.

There have been four different winners of the races so far with wins coming for Michael Laverty, Peter Hickman, Leon Haslam and Richard Cooper aboard either BMW's or Kawasaki's. Christian Iddon's consistent podium finishing sees him at the top of the championship, a great start for a man who has little experience in the Superbike class. James Ellison and Dan Linfoot have made slow starts and will be looking to climb up the championship table in the upcoming rounds.

One name not amongst the winners circle as yet, but hoping to change that in the next few rounds is Shane Byrne. He has had a steady start to his championship campaign aboard the brand new Ducati Panigale 1299 although he is currently second in the championship. The Ducati is clearly proving challenging to set up, a lack of data for the early rounds meaning they are only likely to get stronger as the season progresses.