The first round of BSB is always an interesting one as many people on the grid are still testing. The late arrival of parts will mean those with new bikes or moving to different bikes are on the back foot.
That was seen this weekend with the riders to excel being those on the same machinery as the year before. The only exception to that is Josh Brookes, but the Yamaha is a bike he knows well.
Last year, both victors at the first round (Michael Laverty and Peter Hickman) failed to make the Showdown and while it’s hard to see that being the case with Haslam, it could well be for the case some of his fellow podium men.
Byrne will undoubtedly come back strong, but there’s clearly more to come from the MCAMS Yamaha, too. Despite promising starts, they saw poor results as they got to grips with the R1.
More contenders will emerge. Let’s not forget new metal on the grid from Suzuki and Honda will get faster as the bikes are developed.