EX­PERT OPIN­ION Small BSB teams shine

OLI RUSHBY

Motorcycle News (UK) - - SPORT -

Hick­man’s race two win gave the Smiths BMW team their first taste of MCE Bri­tish Su­per­bike glory on the same day that Josh Brookes re­warded the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team with their first visit to the top step.

Both teams are small, in­de­pen­dent out­fits with lit­tle or no sup­port from the man­u­fac­tur­ers they rep­re­sent and nei­ther had en­joyed much suc­cess in the se­ries prior to this year.

Th­ese vic­to­ries, along with Jake Dixon’s Knock­hill dou­ble and dou­ble ros­trum at Thrux­ton, go to show just how level the play­ing field is in Bri­tish Su­per­bikes as smaller, pri­va­teer teams put them­selves into cham­pi­onship con­tention along­side the big­ger, man­u­fac­turer-backed ef­forts such as Be Wiser Du­cati and JG Speed­fit Kawasaki.

It is this par­ity that gives BSB its sta­tus as the world’s premier do­mes­tic mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing se­ries and other cham­pi­onships could learn a lot from the way in which things are run.

‘Both teams are in­de­pen­dent out­fits with lit­tle or no sup­port’

MCN BSB RE­PORTER

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