BSB: The Bennetts British Superbike Championship Heads To Silverstone For Round Eight.
Its Off To The Silverstone National Circuit For The All-Important Round Eight Of The Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Round Eight of the Bennetts British Superbikes is the final round that the top eight riders can get into the all-important 2021 Showdown. Four riders have already been confirmed and secured their Showdown place, leaving four places up for grabs!
McAMS Yamaha yet again stole the show at Snetterton, Tarran Mackenzie got two victories and was crowned ‘The King Of Aces’, Jason O’Halloran leads the championship standings, he got a win and two third place finishes at Snetterton. Both McAMS Yamaha rider’s have been confirmed for the Showdown.
Oxford Products Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell had a very solid round at Snetterton, getting two second place finishes and a third place, he has been confirmed for the Showdown. Tommy will hoping to get that second win of the season at Silverstone, he currently has 23 podium credits in the bank.
VisionTrack Ducati’s Christian Iddon is having a run of bad luck at the moment, his best place finish at Snetterton was a fifth place, the Stockport rider has been confirmed for the Showdown and has 23 podium credits. Reigning British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes has been getting more successful results over the last two rounds, he got two fourth place finishes at Snetterton. Brookes is in tenth place in the standings, he currently needs 14 or more points than FS-3 Racing’s Lee Jackson to secure a Showdown place, can the Australian do what is needed, ideally a first podium finish of the season would save his season.
FHO Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman had a quiet Snetterton even though he topped both Free Practice sessions on the Friday. Peter has yet to be confirmed for the Showdown, but he only needs to score one point at Silverstone to be confirmed, he is currently in fifth place in the standings on 224 points with 15 podium credits.
SYNETIQ BMW’s Danny Buchan is in sixth place in the standings with 14 podium credits, Danny needs to score points this weekend than RICH Energy OMG’s Brad Ray to secure his showdown spot. He had a scary off at Snetterton during Race Three, a liquid ran on to his back tyre causing it to lock-up, luckily for Danny he was straight to his feet after what looked to be a very alarming crash! Team-mate Andrew Irwin is in 13th place in the standings, he has an outside chance of making the Showdown, he would need to be a podium finisher in every race at Silverstone, with at least a win or a second place.
Honda’s Glenn is currently in seventh place in the standings with 161 points and seven podium credits, Glenn has been struggling with race pace due to a shoulder injury. The Honda rider will need some good point scoring finishes at Silverstone, preferably to finish ahead of Brad Ray, Josh Brookes, Ryan Vickers and Rory Skinner.
FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s Lee Jackson is in the last Showdown spot in eighth place at the moment, he too will need three important race finishes this weekend, Lee has been up the sharp end since Thruxton, but a podium finish has just escaped the Lincolnshire rider. Rory Skinner is in 12th place in the standings with six podium credits, the young Scot will need podium finishes at Silverstone to get inside the top eight.
RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW’s Brad Ray is in ninth place in the standings, he needs to beat Brookes, Lee Jackson and Glenn Irwin the most out of his rivals to secure that all-important Showdown spot. Brad’s best place finish at Snetterton was ninth.
RAF Regular & Reserve Racing Kawasaki’s Ryan Vickers is in 11th place in the standings on 136 points, his best place finish at Snetterton was a sixth place finish. Ryan has been up the sharp end the whole season, but a podium has just eluded him. Ryan has an outside chance of making the Showdown, he needs podium finishes in all-three races at Silverstone.
Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea has a very slim outside chance of making the Showdown, he would need to win all-three races at Silverstone. The Tooting rider had a best place finish of fourth at Snetterton and was very consistent in all-three races, having fast starts to the races.
There will be a new face on the Superbike grid at Silverstone, NP Motorcycles BMW have parted-ways with Joey Thompson, the team have replaced Joey with Sam Cox, Sam has had experience in the Supersport, Superstock and the TriOptions Ducati Classes, we wish Sam and the NP Motorcycles team all the best for Round eight.
Joe Francis has parted-ways with The PR Racing Team, he is said to be working on plans for the remainder of the season and looking ahead to next year, we wish him well for the rest of the season.
Round seven at Snetterton delivered as usual some spectacular racing action, as the Bennetts British Superbikes head to Silverstone for Round eight, it’s sure to be an exhilarating one! Round Eight 10/11/12 September.
Featured Images: Michael Hallam Photography, McAMS Yamaha Racing, Christopher brown, Double red Photographic, M Photographic, FS-3 Racing, OMG Racing UK, Impact Images, SYNETIQ BMW.