BSB: 2017 grid shaping up

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The 2017 MCE British Superbike grid is beginning to look complete after the announcement that 2015 Champion Josh Brookes will line up with the Anvil Hire Yamaha team as the season gets underway later this year.

As well as the news that Brookes will return to the series, multiple race winner Tommy Bridewell has been confirmed at the Team WD40 Kawasaki squad while Peter Hickman and Lee Jackson will join the Smiths BMW outfit. 

The latest announcements join a talent-packed grid, headed once again by 2016 title fighters Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam. 


2014 World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli joins the field with Bennetts Suzuki alongside National Superstock 1000 victor Taylor Mackenzie, while Italian Davide Giugliano also makes the move across from the World Superbike Championship to join Christian Iddon in the Tyco BMW team.

As it stands, there are 22 riders on the BSB grid for 2017, and MCN understands at least four more will join before the season gets underway at Donington Park in March.

Riders yet to be confirmed include Martin Jessopp on the Riders BMW, while it’s also believed Jenny Tinmouth is working on plans to continue racing after the Honda BSB squad opted to drop back down to two riders this season.

2017 grid so far

Be Wiser Ducati

Shane Byrne #67
Glenn Irwin #2

JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Leon Haslam #91
Luke Mossey #12

McAMS Yamaha

James Ellison #77
Michael Laverty

Tyco BMW

Christian Iddon #24
Davide Giugliano #34

Honda Racing

Dan Linfoot #4
Jason O’Halloran #22

Bennetts Suzuki

Sylvain Guintoli #50
Taylor Mackenzie #11

Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha

Josh Brookes #25
Shaun Winfield #8

MotoRapido Ducati

John Hopkins #21

Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki

Billy McConnell #3

Smiths Racing BMW

Peter Hickman #60
Lee Jackson #14

Team WD40 Kawasaki

Tommy Bridewell #46 

Lee Hardy Racing

Jake Dixon #27 

Platform Hire Yamaha

Aaron Zanotti #94 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing