The British Superbike series continues to buck the trend of gloom and doom of the global economic crisis with the announcement that the 2009 British Supersport Championship, will be sponsored for the second consecutive season by the world's largest specialist motorcycle and motorsport lubricants provider, Fuchs-Silkolene.
In addition to the Supersport class title sponsorship, Fuchs-Silkolene also continues as an official sponsor of the 2009 British Superbike Championship.
Last year’s British Supersport championship was won by Glen Richards aboard a Triumph 675, giving Triumph their first major British Championship victory in over 30 years.
The title win put Richards back in BSB for 2009 throwing the field wide open ahead of the new season.
The championship is renowned for being a battle ground for manufacturers to go head-to-head, with the past three championship titles claimed by three different manufacturers – and is increasingly the place for BSB teams to find new talent, with Ian Lowry one of the latest of the Supersport front-runners to graduate.
This year’s British Supersport series is stacked with top talent. Steve Plater is the first of the main contenders ahead of the new season after securing a deal to join HM Plant Honda for 2009.
The International opposition is going to be strong though, with South African Hudson Kennaugh set to renew on-track rivalries and gunning to go one better in 2009 on the Seton-tuned Honda.
Australian Billy McConnell makes his comeback for 2009 onboard the MAP Raceways Yamaha and he will be joined by the 2008 National Superstock 600 champion, 19-year-old Lee Johnston from Northern Ireland.
There’s a new high-profile Triumph team , run by NCT Racing with two new riders Lee Jackson and James Westmoreland.
There are several other home-grown heroes who will want to uphold the UK honour, with James Webb lining up for Padgetts Honda, Dennis Hobbs for Centurion Racing Honda and the Gearlink Kawasaki charge coming from Ben Wilson and Chris Martin.
Dan Linfoot moves to the Championship running NW200 Coca-Cola Zero colours in the Rob Mac Racing Yamaha squad.
All twelve Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship races will be broadcast live on British Eurosport.
The opening race of the 2009 Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on Easter weekend, April 10-13.