BSB Snet­ter­ton pre­view

O BSB is back – but with­out Shakey Snet­ter­ton could be any­one’s race

Motorcycle News (UK) - - CONTENTS - By Oli Rushby BSB REPORTER

The 2018 Ben­netts Bri­tish Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship bursts into life this week­end when the se­ries heads to Snet­ter­ton. Af­ter three rounds Leon Haslam leads the cham­pi­onship stand­ings from young-gun Bradley Ray, but third in the ti­tle stand­ings is reign­ing cham­pion Shane Byrne, who won’t be on the grid fol­low­ing his ac­ci­dent at the Snet­ter­ton test a month ago.

Hav­ing won eight out of the last ten races at Snet­ter­ton, Byrne would have been the clear favourite head­ing into the week­end but the six-time cham­pion is likely to miss a large chunk of the sea­son as he re­cov­ers from a range of se­ri­ous in­juries (see box-out).

Se­ries leader Haslam has never won at the Snet­ter­ton 300 cir­cuit, so he’ll be hop­ing to break that duck this week­end, but it won’t be easy. RAF Reg­u­lar and Re­serve Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon was strong at the Nor­folk venue last year and it was also a turn­ing point in Josh Brookes’ 2017 cam­paign.

Af­ter his suc­cess at the North West 200, Glenn Ir­win will be look­ing to step up to the plate in his role as lead rider in the Be Wiser Du­cati team in the ab­sence of team-mate Byrne. Join­ing Ir­win in the PBM team will be his brother, An­drew, he is cur­rently

com­pet­ing on the CIA Land­lord In­surance Honda team in World Su­pers­port and is set to make his BSB de­but at the week­end. A for­mer BSS race win­ner, he will face a steep learn­ing curve aboard the Du­cati but is un­der­stood to have tested the Pani­gale at Knock­hill ear­lier this week.

Honda Rac­ing duo Dan Lin­foot and Ja­son O’halloran will be back in ac­tion for the first time since they were both in­jured, Lin­foot break­ing his neck at Brands Hatch in May and O’halloran in­jur­ing his an­kle while re­plac­ing Leon Camier in Imola.

Snet­ter­ton has been a strong track for Honda in the past, with O’halloran be­ing the only rider to have won at Snet­ter­ton other than Shakey since 2014.

Shakey has been the dom­i­nant force at Snet­ter­ton

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