Posted: 26 Jan 2014
With the British Superbike season start just under three months away, the 2014 grid is beginning to look healthy with twenty three riders already confirmed to compete and more to be announced. With it sometimes difficult to keep up with all the latest announcements, we thought we’d compile all the current signings into one place to make life easy!
Discontent with missing out on his fourth title last year, fans’ favourite Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne returns to the series once again with Paul Bird Motorsport, the 2003, 2008 and 2012 champion will be joined by former team-mate and reigning British Supersport Champion, Stuart Easton in what is looking to be one of the most formidable line-ups on the grid.
Anglo-American star John Hopkins is set for his BSB return this year with Tyco Suzuki, after missing out on the 2011 title to Tommy Hill by just 0.006 seconds, new Dad, Hopkins will want to go one better this season. He’s joined by double Aussie champion, Josh Waters who joins the team after a tough debut season with Milwaukee Yamaha in 2013.
After joining the squad at the back end of last year, rising star Tommy Bridewell returns with Milwaukee Yamaha this season and is joined by likeable Aussie, Josh Brookes who switches to R1 power in hope to clinch the crown in his fifth attempt. Also linked to the Guisborough outfit will be the FFX Yamaha team running road-racing star Ian Hutchison as he looks for short-circuit success.
James Ellison switches to Kawasaki power for 2014, as he joins Mark Smith-Halvorsen’s GBmoto team to take on Byrne for the title. He’s joined by BSB veteran Chris Walker as the team take on official Kawasaki status.
Kawasaki will have quite some presence this season, with nine teams currently confirmed to be racing ZX10Rs. Quattro Plant Kawasaki will run Dan Linfoot and Howie Mainwaring, Jon Kirkham joins Tsingtao Kawasaki, stepping up from the Supersport class are both Gearlink Kawasaki and TAG Kawasaki, who will run Ben Wilson and Richard Cooper plus another rider respectively. Rhalf Lo Turco and Peter Baker are also new to the series on ZX10Rs while Keith Farmer makes a welcome return with PR Kawasaki.
Jakub Smrz will return to Ducati power for the season ahead as he joins Millsport Racing, while three-time British champion Ryuichi Kiyonari joins forces with James Westmoreland at Buildbase BMW. Also on an S1000RR will be Martin Jessopp. With Honda’s official withdrawal, Jenny Tinmouth is set to be the series’ only Honda representation with the exception of three wildcard appearances from Honda UK with Julien Da Costa.
With more announcements to come, keep an eye on Bike Social for all the latest news!