BSB: What the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Has Instore for the 2024 Season.

Published on March 8, 2024
By Dawn Hammersley

As the 2024 Bennetts British Superbike Season is just a month away, we look at how the BSB grid will line-up.

2023 BSB champions PBM have only just announced their plans for this season, the team will just field one rider for their 2024 championship campaign; Glenn Irwin. 2024 will see Glenn ride for the team in what will be his fifth season with the PBM squad. The Northern Irish rider just missed out on winning the championship in 2023 by just half a point. Glenn fully expects to be fighting for the championship from the off.

OMG Racing UK have retained both of their 2023 riders for the upcoming season. Kyle Ryde finished the previous season in third place, this will be Kyle’s fourth season with the team and is a strong championship contender for the 2024 season. Ryan Vickers had a successful first season with the team claiming two victories, and further podium finishes. Ryan will be one to watch this season for sure!

FS-3 Completely Motorcycles Kawasaki have retained their 2023 rookie rider Max Cook, Max really settled in well to the Superbike class, he just missed out on a podium finish at Thruxton. For the 2024 season Jason O’Halloran has joined the team. The O’Show is keen to push onto a new level and chase success in the 2024 BSB championship.

Leon Haslam has only recently announced his 2024 plans, the Pocket Rocket is with the newly-formed ROKIT Haslam Racing BMW Motorrad Team. Leon finished in fifth place in the 2023 championship standings, the Derbyshire rider was no stranger to finishing on the podium last season. He is super excited for the new season and has the championship title well in his sight.

FHO Racing also retain both of their 2023 BSB riders, Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman. Brookes finished the season in seventh place after securing two wins and a further six podium finishes. The Australian rider settled well in the BMW squad and is looking forward to see what he can do this season. Hickman had a very successful road racing season but couldn’t back that up in the BSB championship, the number 60 finished in 12th place in the standings.

Oxford Products Racing Ducati go into the 2024 BSB season with Christian Iddon for a second consecutive season. Iddon had two second place finishes last season and finished in ninth place in the standings. The team will be looking to get their first race win together this season and to be a front runner.

Mar-Train Racing Yamaha have a new rider for their 2024 season campaign; Danny Kent. The team also has a new sponsor on board with McAMS. Danny was a podium finisher last season whilst running his own team, both Kent and Mar-Train Racing Yamaha believe they have what it takes to fight for the 2024 BSB title crown.

MasterMac Honda formally known as Hawk Racing has retained 2023 rookie Charlie Nesbitt for the 2024 season. Nesbitt stole the show at Thruxton last season finishing on the podium in all-three races, having a season under his belt the Wiltshire rider has a promising season ahead. Joining Charlie is former Kawasaki rider Lee Jackson who finished in fourth place in the standings last season, the Lincolnshire rider will be aiming to be a regular podium finisher alongside his team-mate.

Honda Racing UK have a new look to their 2024 season line-up. Reigning BSB champion Tommy Bridewell has made the switch from Ducati to Honda to defend his championship title. The rider from Wiltshire will run the number one plate on the new CBR1000RR-R and hopes to be the first Honda rider to defend the one plate since Ryuichi Kiyonari in 2007. Andrew Irwin has re-signed with the team and his hoping to get his championship campaign going from the off, the Northern Irish rider was hampered by injury for most of the 2023 season. Dean Harrison is also a new face to the Honda team switching from Kawasaki, Harrison will also represent Honda in the Road Racing as well as the BSB championship. Franco Bourne will make his full-time debut in the BSB championship after stepping up mid season in 2023, riding for the Rapid Honda Team. Both John McGuinness and Nathan Harrison will represent Honda alongside Dean on the Roads. All-new for 2024 sees former British Supersport champion Jack Kennedy representing Honda UK in the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship.

Scottish rider Rory Skinner makes his return to the BSB championship, joining forces with the newly-named Cheshire Mouldings BMW Motorrad Team. Rory spent the previous season in the Moto2 championship, the Scot will be working with his Moto2 crew chief Stuart Shenton, Rory sees this as a major plus to his 2024 season campaign. Former BSB rider Davey Todd will be representing the team in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship and on the Roads.

TAG Racing Honda have a new Superbike line-up for the upcoming season. Fraser Rogers will be aboard their CBR1000RR-R contending the superbike class, whilst rookie Jaimie Van Sikkelerus will be representing TAG Racing Honda in the all-new Pathway class. Shaun Winfield and Matt Truelove will make their return to the Pirelli National Superstock championship.

DAO Racing Kawasaki have retained Australian rider Brayden Elliot for another season, Brayden stepped up to the Superbike class for the final three rounds of the 2023 championship. He is all-set for his first full season in class. Joining Elliot is former Kawasaki and BMW rider Danny Buchan, Danny had a turbulent 2023 season and is now fully focused on his season ahead with his new team and is excited to get going.

Starline Racing Kawasaki have Staffordshire rider Storm Stacey for their fifth consecutive season together, Storm finished just outside the top ten in the standings last season which was his and the teams personal best performance. New to the team is Tom Neave who will run under the Stauff Fluid Power Kawasaki banner, Tom is excited to mark a new chapter in his racing career and has found new motivation in moving new teams and manufacturer.

NP Racing make their return to the BSB championship with Former Junior Superstock rider Louis Valleley. Louis made his debut in the superbike class last season and the Maidstone-based rider achieved a top ten finish at Donington Park. Louis is thrilled to be competing in his first full season with NP Racing.

CDH Rapid Kawasaki have a new rider for 2024, rookie Luke Hedger. Luke steps up to the BSB class from the Pirelli National Superstock championship. The Herefordshire rider scored top ten finishes and was the top Kawasaki rider in the class. Luke knows it’s going to be tough but he is ready for the challenge.

Billy McConnell and C&L Fairburn Properties/Look Forward Racing Honda make the step up to the superbike class from the Pirelli National Superstock championship. Billy is no stranger to the superbike class, taking a podium at Cadwell Park for Smiths Racing BMW in 2015. The Australian rider last rode in the class back in 2016, it will be his third consecutive season riding for the team.

Alex Olsen competed in the final two rounds of the superbike class in 2023. For 2024 he will be riding for Cumins by Team IWR Honda in the BSB Pathway. Alex has been a strong podium finishing contender in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship for the past couple of seasons. Alex is really happy to be staying with the Team IWR as they enter a new challenge together.

Lewis Rollo makes his step up to the superbike class riding for IN Competition SENCAT Aprilia. The young Gifford rider will compete in the BSB Pathway. Lewis finished the 2023 season in sixth place in the Pirelli National Superstock championship.

Round one of the BSB championship is at the Circuito De Navarra in Spain 20-21 April.

Featured Images: Olithephoto, Bennetts British Superbikes.


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