Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - OLI RUSHBY BSB RE­PORTER

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.

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