GUINTOLI TO TYCO BMW? BROOKES TO HALSALL? BSB SILLY SEASON BEGINS
As the MCE British Superbike season begins to draw to a close with just two rounds remaining, the rumour mill is in full swing with regards to who will ride for whom in 2017.
As it stands, only Briggs Equipment BMWÕS Jake Dixon has put pen to paper on a deal for next year.
If BSB werenõt competitive enough, a number of big names from the world stage are already plotting moves to the national series, including 2014 World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli who looks set to make his BSB return with Tyco BMW next year.
Such a move could see Michael Laverty without a ride after a difficult season, with roads ace Ian Hutchinson expected to move up to BSB with the Northern Irish squad after a strong showing in the Superstock class.
After a dismal year on the world stage with Milwaukee BMW, last yearõs BSB champion Josh Brookes is keen to return to winning ways in the UK next year. MCN understands the Aussie is in talks with the Halsall Racing squad, who have recently announced they will split with Suzuki for 2017.
Itõs thought factory Ducati WSB reject Davide Giuglianoõs people have also been in touch with BSB bosses about a potential ride for 2017, and while the Italian has a number of offers to consider in WSB and even Moto2, a move to the Moto Rapido Ducati team might not be off the cards.
MCN understands Leon Haslam is thought to have an offer on the table from the new Pucetti Kawasaki WSB team, but the former WSB race winner is keen to stay in the UK for a second year with the JG Speedfit team.
After their success with Ducati this year, Shane Byrne has said heõd be happy to go in to a sixth consecutive season with the Paul Bird Motorsport outfit and hopes to confirm this in the near future.
Honda Racing is likely to retain the services of Jason Oõhalloran and Dan Linfoot to ride the all-new CBR1000RR Fireblade, while James Ellison is tipped to make a move to a potential new Yamaha outfit.
‘Big names from the world stage are plotting moves to the national series’