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December 21st, 2009, 07:42 AM   #1
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2010 British Superbike - Provisional signings

A flurry of confirmations raises the 2010 British Superbike provisional entry list to fifteen, four months before the start of the season
The 2010 British Superbike grid is beginning to take shape after MSS Colchester Kawasaki confirmed its riders for next season, the announcement bringing the list of entries up to fifteen.

Kawasaki will retain Simon Andrews for a second year but also welcome reigning Superbike Cup champion Gary Mason to the fold, the ZX-10R having now emerged as the most popular option on the grid thus far.

So far, five teams have confirmed two-rider entries for 2010 - Worx Crescent Suzuki, MSS Colchester Kawasaki, Motorpoint Yamaha, Buildbase Kawasaki and RidersMotorcycles.com Ducati while fellow front runners Hydrex Honda and Relentless Suzuki each have one rider signed.

Additionally, Quay Garage Honda and East Coast Yamaha will enter single bike for Tommy Bridewell and Patrick McDougall, while Moto Rapido Ducati is the first team to commit to the new Evo regulations.

However, champions GSE Racing remain notable absentees as they teeter on the verge of withdrawal, owing to sponsorship difficulties. Honda Racing are also yet to reveal its plans for 2010, although it is still expected to run two factory-backed bikes.

Furthermore, while the likes of Yukio Kagayama and Neil Hodgson will add spice to proceedings next year, a number of high profile riders remain without a ride. GSE's woes potentially leave James Ellison on the sidelines, while Josh Brookes, Ian Lowry, Julian Da Costa, Chris Walker, Glen Richards and Karl Harris are also yet to have finalised their 2010 programmes.

Nonetheless, with the start of the season still more than four months away, the provisional BSB entry list is far from complete, with Honda Racing, Hydrex Honda, Relentless Suzuki, Jentin Racing and possibly GSE Racing all offering potential berths for those still searching.

For the moment, the current list of riders (subject to change) is as follows:

1. Yukio Kagayama JPN Worx Crescent Suzuki
2. Tommy Hill GBR Worx Crescent Suzuki
3. Simon Andrews GBR MSS Colchester Kawasaki
4. Gary Mason GBR MSS Colchester Kawasaki
5. Stuart Easton GBR Hydrex Honda
6. Alastair Seeley IRL Relentless Suzuki
7. Neil Hodgson GBR Motorpoint Yamaha
8. Dan Linfoot GBR Motorpoint Yamaha
9. John Laverty IRL Buildbase Kawasaki
10. Adam Jenkinson GBR Buildbase Kawasaki
11. Michael Rutter GBR RidersMotorcycles.com Ducati
12. Martin Jessopp GBR RidersMotorcycles.com Ducati
13. Tommy Bridewell GBR Quay Garage Honda
14. Patrick McDougall IRL East Coast Yamaha
15. Scott Smart GBR Moto Rapido Ducati

Evo class

looks a bit thin if other teams don't confirm there IN
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What's happened to NB Suzuki? Be a shame if they pull out too.

At least Tommy's landed a half decent ride - Gaz Mason and Quay Garage were awesome last year running with an '07 Blade.
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HM Plant Honda have arguably their strongest line-up in recent seasons ahead of the 2010 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with the team announcing today (Monday) the return of former double BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari alongside Josh Brookes.

Kiyonari won two consecutive titles for the Louth-based team in 2006 and 2007 and now the Japanese ace is returning to BSB from the world stage after making an appearance with the team at the Croft round of the championship back in September.

Kiyonari is the second former BSB champion to join the grid for 2010 after 2000 champion Neil Hodgson announced his return with the Motorpoint Yamaha team.

Kiyonari said: "I am really looking forward to my return to BSB and working with the HM Plant Honda team again as some of my best times were with them.

"I don't know what to expect as I know that BSB is never easy and very competitive but I will be giving it everything.

"I move back to the UK in January, which is great as I love it there and then we start testing so we are ready for the start of the season."

Brookes returns to BSB next season following his meteoric debut in the championship in 2009 with the HM Plant Honda team, taking ten podium finishes and ending his maiden season fourth in the overall standings despite missing nine races.

Brookes said: "I am definitely excited about coming back and I now know the whole process so there won't be any of the issues I had at the start of this season.

"I come back for my second season knowing the tracks, knowing the competition and having more of an idea of what to expect whereas last year was my first season so it was all unknown.

"I have an advantage now as I am back home in Australia training hard and keeping myself sharp; I have been motocrossing and that speed and focus translates to road racing so I am feeling ready.

"I am feeling really positive about next season and ready to take steps forward with the team next year as soon as we start testing.

Steve Plater will also run in HM Plant Honda colours in the fiercely competitive National Superstock 1000 Championship, with Glen Richards running in Padgetts Honda colours in the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship and Superstock class.

Reigning Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport champion Steve Plater will also be running in Padgetts colours in the Superstock class.

General Manager of Honda (UK) Motorcycles Steve Martindale said: "I'm pleased to confirm Honda's commitment to the British Superbike Championship for 2010 and also the team's continued relationship with HM Plant. The British Superbike Championship is very strong and the high standard of rider talent and racing can be seen at every round."

HM Plant Chairman John Jones said: "We have been delighted with our relationship with Honda and the exposure achieved from the HM Plant Honda team partnership over the last six years and look forward to that continuing with some great and exciting racing in 2010."
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Pigeon @ Dec 22 2009, 10:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>HM Plant Honda have arguably their strongest line-up in recent seasons ahead of the 2010 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with the team announcing today (Monday) the return of former double BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari alongside Josh Brookes.

Kiyonari won two consecutive titles for the Louth-based team in 2006 and 2007 and now the Japanese ace is returning to BSB from the world stage after making an appearance with the team at the Croft round of the championship back in September.

Kiyonari is the second former BSB champion to join the grid for 2010 after 2000 champion Neil Hodgson announced his return with the Motorpoint Yamaha team.

Kiyonari said: "I am really looking forward to my return to BSB and working with the HM Plant Honda team again as some of my best times were with them.

"I don't know what to expect as I know that BSB is never easy and very competitive but I will be giving it everything.

"I move back to the UK in January, which is great as I love it there and then we start testing so we are ready for the start of the season."
......And even as I type this, SS56 is already contemplating emigrating to the 'UK (UK UK!)'

Have to say, Kiyo was the most disappointing graduate from a national series to WSBk in recent memory. The guy never looked like he had it that year in GP, and seemed similarly overawed by the Ten Kate ride when he moved to 'supers.

This'll be good for the championship though...providing his teammate doesn't try to wipe out all the opposition again.
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Michael Howarth (can't remember his teams ride - last year it was MV augusta he was on not sure this year) is currently trying to get sponsors so if he does that'll be the back grid sorted [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Arrabbiata1 @ Dec 22 2009, 11:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>This'll be good for the championship though...providing his teammate doesn't try to wipe out all the opposition again.

bad but its has become a classic clip <object width="425" height="350<param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Yi2eKIDqAbw</param><param name="wmode" value="transparent</param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Yi2eKIDqAbw" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350</embed></object>


<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (halfpint @ Dec 22 2009, 12:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Michael Howarth (can't remember his teams ride - last year it was MV augusta he was on not sure this year) is currently trying to get sponsors so if he does that'll be the back grid sorted [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]

a piccy from cadwell

http://www.powerslide.net/forum/index.php?...st&p=207748
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Blimey!!!!!!!! They are really good, did kez manage to get on the infield then for those or has she got one of those really really posh long lens camera's?

I quite like the ben wilson one though i may nick it and print it off for my co-worker who just so happens to be his aunty [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
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