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!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

BSB: It's Byrne Vs Haslam

This weekend, Brand's Hatch GP circuit hosts the final round of the 2016 British Superbike championship. There have been many different race winners across the season and numerous other podium finishers but the two riders who have been ever present at the top, Byrne and Haslam are the only two riders with a realistic chance of winning the championship with three races left in the season.

Over the course of the year we have seen that the warmer conditions have favoured Byrne and the Ducati as he is able to get more mileage out of the more grippy zero compound. This isn't to say Byrne has dropped off the pace, more that Haslam is on a more even footing despite the fact that Brand's Hatch is Shane Byrne's local track.

It is Byrne who holds the current advantage but that could very easily slip away. For Haslam the equation is simple, he must beat Byrne in all three races and hope that another rider or two can get in between them to make up the 17 point deficete. It is very difficult to call the winner, both riders have been at the very top of their game, particularly in recent rounds but with the added pressure of winning the championship and the milder and more mixed conditions anything could happen!

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 famous 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 Donington 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.