Probably a bit of an oddball post, but I do quite like BSB. This time of year there is typically a slow reveal of the teams released by BSB to maximize publicity and interest. Announcements have been slowly filtering in.
Last year was a very odd season. The new Pirelli tyre spec threw the Ducati teams off and they initially had difficulty keeping up with the Honda Irwin duo. Eventually though Yamaha and PBR managed to claw back and vault ahead of the surprising new CBR1000rr-r. There is a possibility we might see more Hondas on the grid for 2021 in either Superbike or Superstock 1000.
This is my best guess where we are at right now:
Paul Bird Visiontrack Ducati
Champions from last year, and I haven’t seen any press releases yet confirming their lineup for next year yet.
- #25 Josh Brookes: Unconfirmed. I would assume the man of many haircuts is back next year.
- #21 Christian Iddon: Unconfirmed. He had some difficulty adjusting during preseason testing, but ended up being fairly solid over the season. He might be back with PBR.
Surprise of the season. They were SERIOUSLY competitive at Donington and up at the pointy end for most of the season (Brands was a disaster. Glenn made a decision to change the throttle mapping to be less harsh and his race 2 put him out of the title chase). It’s all change next year as the naughty Irwin has departed from the team. I haven’t seen any press releases yet in regards to the rider lineup for next year.
- #2 Glenn Irwin: Unconfirmed. Was seen testing for Honda in Portugal, so while not confirmed it appears likely.
- ???: Uncertain who the second rider would be. Ryo Mizuno tested at Portimao, which some think may indicate he will be racing in BSB next year.
OMG Racing BMW
- #28 Brad Ray: Switching from Synetiq to the OMG squad
- #77 Kyle Ride, Confirmed. Leaving the Buildbase Suzuki squad. He was brilliant at Silverstone.
A solid season for both of their riders, who are confirmed for 2021.
-#22 Jason O’Halloran. Confirmed
-#95 Tarran McKenzie. Confirmed.
- Rory Skinner, Confirmed. British Supersport championship is moving up to the premier championship on the top Kawasaki team.
- #14 Lee Jackson, Confirmed. He was sneaky good in 2020.
Synetiq BMW Motorad
Taylor McKenzie, who was injured prior to the start of 2020 is out of a ride and Brad Ray is gone. An all new lineup this season.
- #18 Andrew Irwin, confirmed. Trouble…
- #83 Danny Buchan, confirmed. Switching from FS-3 Kawasaki to BMW.
Moto Rapido (Oxford Products) Ducati
- #46 Tommy Bridewell, confirmed. He had a rough 2020, and had trouble adapting to the new Pirelli spec. The team switched from Ohlins to K-tech and I’d be curious to see if they stick to it.
- I am not sure what is going on here… saw they were selling their trailer. Are they going to be around next year?
FHO Racing BMW
Alan and Rebecca Smith have sadly pulled out of the sport, but Faye Ho (Macau/UK businesswoman with interest in motorsport) has stepped in to run the team.
- #60 Peter Hickman. Confirmed.
- Xavi Fores. Confirmed.
RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki
Not sure what is going on here. Maybe Vickers and Jack Kennedy will be back?
PR Racing (BMW)
No idea, but last years rider Joe Francis is better than his results indicate. I was seriously impressed with him in the junior categories (one of the best races I’ve seen was a Motostar race a Cadwell Park he was in)
Edit: Dec 16th
- Joe Francis confirmed
- Brad Jones also confirmed as the team has now expanded to two riders.
Storm Stacey just confirmed Dec 10th. He turns 18 next year.
DB Race Team Kawasaki
Santander Salt TAG Racing
Dan Linfoot cofirmed. Team switching to Honda for 2021.
Edited by ehagar, 21 December 2020 - 00:01.