bennett's BRITISH SUPERBIKES (BSB) MID YEAR REVIEW
As we race into Thruxton this weekend, the BSB Championship is as intense as ever! Who will come out on top at Britains fastest circuit? Let's look back at the talking points so far.
The McAMS Yamaha pair of O'Halloran and McKenzie after a strong preseason have tailed off somewhat, O'Halloran having the lions share of bad luck for arguably most of the grid and McKenzie valiantly taking the fight to the dominant v4r Panigale's of Redding, Bridewell and Brooks.
Onto the Ducati's and the brand new v4r Panigale's. series debutant Scott Redding has overcome the unknowns of BSB to lead going into Thruxton, but tight on his rear wheel is Moto Rapides Tommy Bridewell pushing the former Moto GP star, making the series the tightest and closest in years and Josh Brooks is always lurking with doubles at Knockhill and Oulton Park don't count him out in the run-up to the showdown.
Further down the grid, Glen Irwin left JG Speedfit by mutual consent to remerge at Tyco BMW as a stand-in for the injured Keith farmer who suffered leg breaks after having his best qualifying of the season at Knockhill, so time will tell what Irwin can do on different machinery. In at JG Speedfit is Hector Barbera who deputised for the injured Currie But know stays with the team alongside the young rookie.
Another series debutant is Xavi Fores who again not knowing the tracks is pushing the Fireblade to ts limits and reaping the rewards, lying sixth inside the showdown places followed closely by the worlds fastest road racer Peter Hickman. Hickman so far seems up for the challenge of Thruxton and topped the practice sessions as I type this, so expect a big push from the multiple Isle of Man winner.
Fraser Rogers had a torrid time out at Snetterton shortly after his return from his injury and his season can only get better.