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Bennetts BSB reveals 25th anniversary season entry list

Wednesday, April 21 2021

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship celebrates its 25th anniversary season of the UK's most prestigious and fiercely competitive racing series in 2021 and fans can expect an incredible battle for this year's title with the new grid featuring 28 riders representing six different nationalities.

Double champion Josh Brookes leads the new season's line up as he bids to retain his crown for VisionTrack Ducati. The Australian will become the first rider to race with the coveted number one plate since Tommy Hill in 2012 as he defends the title for the first time.

The championship contenders stack up ready to take on the reigning champion with the line-up featuring a total of 12 previous race winners and a further two podium finishers, including last year's runner-up Jason O'Halloran, who returns with McAMS Yamaha and Brookes' teammate Christian Iddon, who finished third in last year's title fight.

The established contenders will mix with some exciting Bennetts BSB rookies, including reigning Quattro Group British Supersport champion Rory Skinner, who progresses to the premier class with FS-3 Kawasaki as the team prepare for the debut of the all-new 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. The young Scot joins podium contender Lee Jackson for the new season.

Bennetts BSB fans will also welcome two new Japanese riders into the Championship as Honda Racing's contenders Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi prepare for their debut campaigns. The former title-winning team will field a three rider line-up this season as the experienced Honda pairing join established Bennetts BSB race-winner Glenn Irwin.

Six manufacturers are showcased in the 2021 Championship with Hawk Racing leading the Suzuki challenge in Buildbase colours with former Moto3 World champion Danny Kent alongside Gino Rea following some strong performances last season.

Meanwhile BMW fans are eagerly anticipating the debut of the all-new BMW M 1000 RR with a fresh line-up of Andrew Irwin and Danny Buchan at SYNETIQ BMW, the first appearance of the new FHO Racing BMW team with returning Xavi Forés alongside Peter Hickman and race-winner Kyle Ryde joining Bradley Ray at Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW.

The iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW team will also field the new model as they double their line-up with Joe Francis back alongside Brad Jones who progresses from the Supersport class for his debut season.

The riders will fight for eight Title Fighter places in 2021 ahead of the Showdown, and with nine of the riders having previously secured a place, including Oxford Products Racing Ducati's Tommy Bridewell and McAMS Yamaha's Tarran Mackenzie; the stage is set for a spectacular season of Bennetts BSB action.

2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship entry list

Team/Manufacturer

Rider

Nationality

 

Buildbase Hawk Suzuki

Gino Rea

Great Britain

44

Buildbase Hawk Suzuki

Danny Kent

Great Britain

52

FHO Racing BMW

Xavi Forés

Spain

12

FHO Racing BMW

Peter Hickman

Great Britain

60

FS-3 Kawasaki

Lee Jackson

Great Britain

14

FS-3 Kawasaki

Rory Skinner

Great Britain

69

Honda Racing

Glenn Irwin

Great Britain/NI

2

Honda Racing

Takumi Takahashi

Japan

13

Honda Racing

Ryo Mizuno

Japan

88

iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW

Brad Jones

Great Britain

20

iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW

Joe Francis

Great Britain

40

LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki

Storm Stacey

Great Britain

79

McAMS Yamaha

Jason O'Halloran

Australia

22

McAMS Yamaha

Tarran Mackenzie

Great Britain

95

NP Motorcycles BMW

Joey Thompson

Great Britain

74

Oxford Products Racing Ducati

Tommy Bridewell

Great Britain

46

Powerslide/Catfoss Suzuki

Bjorn Estment

South Africa

27

RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki

Ryan Vickers

Great Britain

7

Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki

Josh Owens

Great Britain

65

RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW

Bradley Ray

Great Britain

28

RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW

Kyle Ryde

Great Britain

77

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

VisionTrack PBM Ducati

Josh Brookes

Australia

1

VisionTrack PBM Ducati

Christian Iddon

Great Britain

21