2019 Bennetts British Superbikes - Round 1 preview and TV schedule

Lamb-Stephen
By Steve Lamb

Production Manager - Still considers himself a novice rider, despite passing his test over twenty years ago. Steve has only ever owned four bikes - a '95 Suzuki GSX600F (which he dropped in the first minute of ownership), an '04 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer and currently a '16 Ducati Scrambler Classic, as well as (very slowly) building a '94 Yamaha SR125 'brat tracker'.

 

With only a few days to go to the start of the new Bennetts British Superbike season, we take a look at this year's riders, what's new in BSB, what support races we can enjoy, and last but not least, when you can see it all on the tellybox.

 

2019 BSB Round 1 Preview and TV Times

 

The Riders and Teams

This year's championship riders comprise the full range of experience including rookies, veterans, TT winners, MotoGP riders and World Superbike riders.

With last year's winner Leon Haslam moving to WSBK, runner up Jake Dixon moving to Moto2, and six-times champion Shakey Byrne absent from this season, the championship has never been so open.

Winter testing took place at Monteblanco and Portimao in March, and last week at Silverstone. Scott Redding on the new BeWiser Ducati Panigale V4R and Jason O'Halloran on the McAMS Yamaha R1M showed strong early form, as did former WSBK rider Xavi Fores on the Honda Fireblade.

So here are this year's riders and their teams:

No

NAME

NAT

TEAM

25

BROOKES, Josh

AUS

Be Wiser Ducati

45

REDDING, Scott

GBR

Be Wiser Ducati

28

RAY, Bradley

GBR

Buildbase Suzuki

81

STAPLEFORD, Luke

GBR

Buildbase Suzuki

23

ALLINGHAM, David

IRE

EHA Yamaha

83

BUCHAN, Danny

GBR

FS-3 Kawasaki

89

ROGERS, Fraser

GBR

Gearlink Kawasaki

6

FORES, Xavi

ESP

Honda Racing

18

IRWIN, Andrew

GBR

Honda Racing

40

FRANCIS, Joe

GBR

PR Racing Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad BMW

22

O'HALLORAN, Jason

AUS

McAms Yamaha

95

MACKENZIE, Tarran

GBR

McAms Yamaha

59

TRUELOVE, Matt

GBR

Raceways Yamaha

10

ELLIOT, Josh

GBR

OMG Racing Suzuki

12

MOSSEY, Luke

GBR

OMG Racing Suzuki

46

BRIDEWELL, Tommy

GBR

Oxford Racing Ducati

2

IRWIN, Glenn

GBR

Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki

61

CURRIE, Ben

AUS

Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki

7

VICKERS, Ryan

GBR

RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki

5

HARRISON, Dean

GBR

Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki

60

HICKMAN, Peter

GBR

Smiths Racing BMW

11

ELLISON, James

GBR

Smiths Racing BMW

4

LINFOOT, Dan

GBR

Santander Salt TAG Yamaha

8

WINFIELD, Shaun

GBR

Santander Salt TAG Yamaha

21

IDDON, Christian

GBR

Tyco BMW

33

FARMER, Keith

GBR

Tyco BMW

74

HIPWELL, Dean

GBR

CDH Racing

90

COVENTRY, Sam

GBR

Team 64 Kawasaki

71

CORTI, Claudio

ITA

Team WD-40 Kawasaki

20

BARRIER, Sylvain

FRA

Brixx Ducati 

How does BSB Showdown system work?

The British Superbike Championship points system is designed to create a crescendo of competition towards the end of the season to minimise the chances of anyone securing the title before the final event of the year. This revolutionary concept was introduced for 2010.

Main Season

Standard format of 25 points for a win, then 20, 16, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 are awarded for each of the races from the opening nine events.

The Showdown

From this point on, the top six riders in the championship standings (only) become the 'Title Fighters' for the final three events. Each Title Fighter begins The Showdown with 500 points, plus additional points for each podium position they obtained in the Main Season: 5 for a win, 3 for a second, and 1 for a third.

The standard points scoring format from the Main Season then continues for The Showdown, with all points scores from the final seven races counting.

 

2019 BSB Round 1 Preview and TV Times

 

BSB TV Schedule & Times - Silverstone

Live coverage is being shown on Eurosport 2 and on Quest TV (QUEST is available on Freeview: Ch 37, BT: Ch 37, FreeSat: Ch 167, Sky: Ch 144 and Virgin: Ch 172.) and highlights on Eurosport 2 and ITV4.

Friday 19th April 2019

British Superbikes Extra - Season Preview

Eurosport2

20:00 - 21:00

Saturday 20th April 2019

LIVE - BSB Qualifying & Dickies Supersport Sprint Race

Eurosport 2

15:00 - 18:00

Qualifying and Sprint Race - Highlights

Eurosport 2

20:00 - 21:00

Sunday 21st April 2019

Qualifying and Sprint Race - Highlights

Eurosport 2

07:30 - 08:30

LIVE - RACEDAY

Eurosport 2

Quest TV

13:00 - 18:00

13:00 - 18:00

Raceday Highlights

Eurosport 2

21:30 - 23:30

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Highlights

ITV4

20:00 - 21:00

 

You can download a full programme of practice sessions, qualifying and race times for all classes by clicking on the image below or HERE

 

2019 BSB R1 Programme
Bennetts British Superbike Preview 2019

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