GUIN­TOLI TO TYCO BMW? BROOKES TO HALSALL? BSB SILLY SEASON BE­GINS

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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’

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