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BSB: 28-strong entry list confirmed for 2018

Published: 14 February 2018

The entry list for the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship reveals 28 of the world’s finest riders will go head over what is set to be 12 action-packed rounds.

Heading the grid will be 2017 and six time British Superbike Champion, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne who will be out to make it seven this year, but it won’t be easy for the 84-time race winner with his Ducati Panigale V-Twin in its final year of development.

Leon Haslam will look to bounce back from his heart-breaking crash in the final round of 2017 to finally rid himself of the title of BSB’s perennial bridesmaid as he remains with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team.

Aussie Josh Brookes will be keen to repeat his 2015 title success as he moves into the factory-backed McAMS Yamaha squad this year. Brookes finished second on the completely private, small-family run TAG Yamaha in 2017, but he’ll be looking to go one better when the 2018 season gets underway in just over a month’s time.

2017 marked a real rise of the young gun, led by Jake Dixon and Luke Mossey who both achieved their debut victories as they looked to become title fighters last year. They’ll be back for more, as will 2017 rookie of the year Bradley Ray who will be keen to secure his first Bennetts BSB race win this season.

Six full-time rookies will feature on the grid this year, including former World Supersport race winner Gino Rea, Kyle Ryde, double European Superstock Champion Sylvain Barrier, Tarran Mackenzie, Carl Phillips and Mason Law.  

Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran will be hoping for improvements found with the CBR1000RR Fireblade during winter will pay off for them, while Tyco BMW will also be hoping to step up with Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty.

2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Entry List

Be Wiser Ducati

Shane Byrne

Great Britain

67

Be Wiser Ducati

Glenn Irwin

Great Britain

2

Buildbase Suzuki

Richard Cooper

Great Britain

47

Buildbase Suzuki

Bradley Ray

Great Britain

28

CF Motorsport Yamaha

Kyle Ryde

Great Britain

77

FS3 Racing Kawasaki

Danny Buchan

Great Britain

83

Gearlink Kawasaki

Carl Phillips

Great Britain

32

Honda Racing

Dan Linfoot

Great Britain

4

Honda Racing

Jason O’Halloran

Australia

22

JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Leon Haslam

Great Britain

91

JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Luke Mossey

Great Britain

12

McAMS Yamaha

Josh Brookes

Australia

25

McAMS Yamaha

Tarran Mackenzie

Great Britain

95

Moto Rapido Racing Ducati

Taylor Mackenzie

Great Britain

24

Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki

Tommy Bridewell

Great Britain

46

OMG Racing Suzuki

Gino Rea

Great Britain

44

Platform Hire Yamaha

Aaron Zanotti

Great Britain

64

PR Racing Lloyd & Jones Bowker BMW

Jakub Smrz

Czech Republic

96

RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki

Jake Dixon

Great Britain

27

Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW

Martin Jessopp

Great Britain

40

Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki

Dean Harrison

Great Britain

5

Smiths Racing BMW

Peter Hickman

Great Britain

60

Smiths Racing BMW

Sylvain Barrier

France

20

TAG Racing Yamaha

James Ellison

Great Britain

11

TAG Racing Yamaha

Shaun Winfield

Great Britain

8

Tyco BMW

Michael Laverty

Great Britain

7

Tyco BMW

Christian Iddon

Great Britain

21

WD40 Kawasaki

Mason Law

Great Britain

55

Check out this week’s MCN for a full look at the 2018 Bennetts BSB grid!