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New Bennetts British Superbike Championship format and 2021 provisional entry list revealed ahead of 25th Anniversary season

Bennetts British Superbike Championship promoter MSVR has revealed several changes ahead of a 2021 series of eleven events, setting the stage for an intense 33-race thriller at circuits across the UK.

Following the positive reaction to the triple-header events during 2020, all eleven events next year will feature a three race format for Bennetts BSB, bringing more action into a championship season than ever before in the series’ history. A fitting way to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the relaunch of the Championship by the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board in 1996.

Event programme

The event programme will also take on a new format, with the opening day of the event returning to two free practice sessions for the BSB class. The fastest 12 riders overall will be seeded directly to the Day 2 Qualifying 2 (Q2) session.

The second day of action will begin with a third, shorter Bennetts BSB free practice session in the morning, followed by Qualifying 1 (Q1), where the fastest three riders will progress through to the Q2 session to join the 12 pre-qualifiers from the opening day in the final fight for the pole position for the opening Bennetts BSB race.

Later in the afternoon on Day 2, the first Bennetts BSB race will blast off, designated as the Sprint Race. The third and final day of competition will feature a morning warm up and the second and third Superbike races of the weekend.

The Showdown

As the regular length season returns, the established Showdown format will apply, with some changes for 2021:

The Main Season will now consist of 8 events and 24 races.

Points will awarded to the first 15 finishers using the regular format of 25-20-16-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

After the 24th race, the top eight riders in the championship standings will graduate as Title Fighters and be elevated to 1000 points together with any Podium Points accrued in the Main Season.  Podium Points will be awarded for each main season race as follows:  1st - 5 points, 2nd - 3 points, 3rd - 1 point.

For the remaining 3 events, 9 races, points will awarded to the first 15 finishers using the regular format of 25-20-16-13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

The BSB Riders Cup will continue to be awarded to the first rider outside of the Title Fighters in the final standings. 

Testing

There have also been changes to BSB testing regulations ahead of the new season, which outlaw full team testing outside of UK. BSB Teams may test for a maximum of 16 days in the UK during the season.  

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Series Director Stuart Higgs commented: “The 2020 season was a huge challenge for everyone but the outcome was hugely satisfying. The co-operation and passion for the championship has never been stronger. Even before the 2020 season had completed we were carefully scoping the structure for the 2021 season together with the teams, and the announcement today represents the next exciting phase of the Championship, which will see it celebrate its 25th anniversary next season.”  

2021 Bennetts BSB Official Provisional Entry List
(The following have announced or lodged advice of intention to participate as of 21/12/2020)

Team/Manufacturer where known

Rider

Nationality

#

 

 

 

 

Buildbase Hawk Racing

TBA

 

 

Buildbase Hawk Racing

TBA

 

 

CDH Racing Kawasaki  

Josh Owens

Great Britain

65

DB Race Team Kawasaki

Luke Mossey

Great Britain

12

FHO Racing BMW

Peter Hickman

Great Britain

60

FHO Racing BMW

Xavi Forés

Spain

6

FS-3 Kawasaki 

Rory Skinner

Great Britain

69

FS-3 Kawasaki 

Lee Jackson

Great Britain

14

GR Motorsport Kawasaki

Storm Stacey

Great Britain

79

Honda Racing  

TBA

 

 

Honda Racing

TBA

 

 

McAMS Yamaha

Jason O’Halloran

Australia

22

McAMS Yamaha

Tarran Mackenzie

Great Britain

95

NP Motorcycles Lextek BMW

Lachlan Epis

Australia

8

Oxford Products Racing Ducati

Tommy Bridewell

Great Britain

46

Powerslide/Catfoss Suzuki        

Bjorn Estment      

South Africa      

27

PR Racing BMW

Joe Francis

Great Britain

40

PR Racing BMW

Brad Jones

Great Britain

20

RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki

TBA

 

 

RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW

Kyle Ryde

Great Britain

77

RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW

Bradley Ray

Great Britain

28

Roadhouse Macau by FHO Racing BMW

Brian McCormack

Ireland 

11

Silicone Engineering Kawasaki

Dean Harrison

Great Britain

5

SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad         

Andrew Irwin

Great Britain/NI

18

SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad

Danny Buchan

Great Britain

83

TAG Racing Honda

Dan Linfoot

Great Britain

4

Team 64 Motorsports Kawasaki

TBA

 

 

VisionTrack PBM Ducati

Josh Brookes

Australia

1

VisionTrack PBM Ducati

Christian Iddon

Great Britain

21

HRP

TBA

 

 

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