Following the news that Tyco BMW and former WSB star Davide Giugliano have parted company, the MCE British Superbike Championship paddock is awash with rumours surrounding who will replace the Italian.
Team boss Philip Neill has confirmed he will have appointed a replacement by the next round at Snetterton, leading to much speculation as to who that might be.
MCN understands Alastair Seeley, who rode the bike at Oulton, was meant to stand in this weekend but for whatever reason opted against it. He remains in the frame to take over the ride full time, but is scheduled to return to action in the British Supersport category with the Spirit Motorcycles team from Snetterton.
Another name in the mix is young gun Andy Reid, who has been out of a seat since the start of the year. While the Ulsterman hasn’t ridden in the Superbike class before, his speed is undoubted. However, he’s also keen to make a return to the Supersport class and is thought to have been in talks with the McAMS Yamaha team about replacing Tarran Mackenzie.
Also in the frame for the second BMW S1000RR Superbike is Josh Elliott, who won the Superstock 1000 championship for Tyco BMW in 2015. He’s currently standing in for the injured Ian Hutchinson in the team’s Superstock effort.
There are also a couple of foreign wildcards for the ride. MCN understands Markus Reiterberger, a three time German Superbike champion who parted company with the Althea BMW WSB team earlier this year, has been in touch with series organisers enquiring about a ride in BSB, while former double European Superstock Champion Sylvain Barrier is also thought to be interested in a move to BSB.
With other names also in the mix, it's in no way clear cut.
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