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British Superbikes 2015 Thread

Postby MiniNinjaMk5 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:28 pm

A new season of BSB about to get underway at Donington.

The 2015 season looks to be the most open-ended in a long time. Ryuichi Kiyonari will be looking to continue his late season form from 2014, while Shane Byrne hopes to recover from a pre-season injury and renew their battle. The Tyco team have now switched their allegiance to BMW after many years under the Suzuki banner, with an in-form Tommy Bridewell and returning Michael Laverty comprising a competitive line-up for the team. Elsewhere, Josh Brookes and compatriot Broc Parkes will be hoping that the new Yamaha R1 lives up to its promise, and newcomer to the series Danny Buchan, who stood head and shoulders above the rest of the Superstock field last year, is seen by many as a dark horse within the championship. Finally, 2014's Supersport champion Billy McConnell comes with his Smiths racing team into the Superbike class on board a BMW.

Gentlemen, place your bets!

Times from QP:

1. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Buildbase BMW S1000RR 1m 29.455s
2. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 29.484s
3. Shane Byrne GBR PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 29.659s
4. Josh Brookes AUS Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 29.725s
5. Stuart Easton GBR PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.058s
6. Danny Buchan GBR Be Wiser Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.100s
7. Peter Hickman GBR RAF Reserves BMW S1000RR 1m 30.322s
8. Broc Parkes AUS Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 30.368s
9. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR 1m 30.382s
10. Billy McConnell AUS Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR 1m 30.553s

11. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.789s
12. James Westmoreland GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.803s
13. Christian Iddon GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 30.809s
14. Howie Mainwaring GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.826s
15. Michael Laverty GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR 1m 30.832s
16. Chris Walker GBR Be Wiser Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.886s
17. Tommy Bridewell GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR 1m 30.929s
18. Lee Jackson GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR 1m 31.230s
19. Richard Cooper GBR Anvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.590s
20. Josh Waters AUS Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 31.766s

21. Robbie Harms DEN MotoDex BMW S1000RR 1m 31.239s
22. Martin Jessopp GBR RidersMotorcycles BMW S1000RR 1m 31.283s
23. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR 1m 31.298s
24. Ian Hutchinson GBR PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.330s
25. Filip Backlund GBR Anvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.563s
26. Jack Kennedy IRE Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.640s
27. Victor Cox GBR Morello Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 32.349s
28. Danny Johnson GBR Morello Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 32.440s
29. Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 32.459s
30. Joe Burns GBR Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R No time
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread - Rnd 1 Donington *Spoile

Postby MiniNinjaMk5 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:31 pm

Morning warm-up times

1. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Buildbase BMW S1000RR 1m 29.559s
2. Josh Brookes AUS Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 29.867s
3. Shane Byrne GBR PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.083s
4. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.227s
5. Danny Buchan GBR Be Wiser Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.448s
6. Stuart Easton GBR PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.509s
7. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR 1m 30.550s
8. Billy McConnell AUS Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR 1m 30.632s
9. Broc Parkes AUS Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 30.674s
10. Chris Walker GBR Be Wiser Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 30.945s
11. Peter Hickman GBR RAF Reserves BMW S1000RR 1m 30.955s
12. Tommy Bridewell GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR 1m 31.080s
13. Josh Waters AUS Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 31.105s
14. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.168s
15. James Westmoreland GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.202s
16. Robbie Harms DEN MotoDex BMW S1000RR 1m 31.209s
17. Richard Cooper GBR Anvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.288s
18. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR 1m 31.313s
19. Michael Laverty GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR 1m 31.343s
20. Howie Mainwaring GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.404s
21. Ian Hutchinson GBR PBM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.616s
22. Christian Iddon GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 31.718s
23. Filip Backlund GBR Anvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 31.730s
24. Jakub Smrz CZE Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R 1m 31.765s
25. Lee Jackson GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR 1m 31.785s
26. Victor Cox GBR Morello Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 32.129s
27. Jack Kennedy IRE Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 32.166s
28. Danny Johnson GBR Morello Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 32.301s
29. Joe Burns GBR Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 32.548s
30. Martin Jessopp GBR RidersMotorcycles BMW S1000RR 1m 32.607s
31. Taylor Mackenzie GBR Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 33.078s
32. Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 33.333s
33. David Johnson AUS MotoDex BMW S1000RR 1m 33.650s
34. Jenny Tinmouth GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR 1m 34.330s
35. Aaron Zanotti GBR A-Plant Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 35.449s
36. Rhalf Lo Turco BRA SBK City Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 35.832s
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread - Rnd 1 Donington *Spoile

Postby kenup283 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:17 pm

Good thread, interesting to see the yahmaha at the sharp end already.

Speaking of bikes, i see a lot of Kawasaki and BMW. Is this perhaps a byproduct of rules limiting mods. thereby drawing teams to the newest bikes with the most advandaced electronics from the showroom?
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread - Rnd 1 Donington *Spoile

Postby Tourn46 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:32 pm

kenup283 wrote:Good thread, interesting to see the yahmaha at the sharp end already.


If you were to believe the Yamaha marketing team, that's practically an M1 racing against Superbikes :D
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread - Rnd 1 Donington *Spoile

Postby oldboyonrgv on Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:09 am

All BSB teams have to run the Motech ECU so no electronic advantage from there. If you want to see the best road bike - look to SSTK1000, they are allowed to run the advanced electronics if supplied as standard.

The Yam is a next generation bike in the usual, 3-4 year cycle of things and considering they cannot use the Yamaha electronics it shows that the bike is basically right, from the box, expect them to get stronger as the year goes on.

I was at Donny on Saturday and the Yam SSTK1000 bike was really hooking up well coming out of Melborne loop, when most of the other stuff had traction control kicking in, the Yam Electronics really are something else!!.
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread - Rnd 1 Donington *Spoile

Postby MiniNinjaMk5 on Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:04 pm

Fantastic first weekends racing. Probably one of the strongest rides I have ever seen from Ellison who seemed untouchable in the first race, Byrne looks like he has lost no speed and has got to viewed as the strongest contender for the season.

That new R1 definitely seems promising, real charge from Brookes in the first race to get the podium and very unlucky in the second race (or lucky, depending on how you look at it!) Not sure what happened to Kiyo, didn't blame anything other than himself for the poor result in race one. Nasty looking high-side in race two, the TV showed him chatting to a friend of mine who works for a dynamo/tuning company and looked like he was describing what had happened, so perhaps the bike was a bit twitchy with the higher track temperatures? He had had several close ones before he lost it.

Danny Buchan looks like he is going to be one to watch, and some positive signs from the likes of Billy McConnell and Peter Hickman with a very strong first showing on the BMW. Looking forward to the next race now at Brands, although shame it is at the crappy indy track!
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread - Rnd 1 Donington *Spoile

Postby botfap on Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:37 am

James on fire again at brands! Pole, 2 wins and 2 new lap records. Looked the fastest man on circuit over race distance in all 4 races so far this year. Shame about the battery problem in R2 at donnington otherwise I think he would have won 4 from 4 at the first 2 meetings. Also James came into Brands saying his target was 2 wins and he thought it was not just possible but probable. Thats not ego or racer BS, James doesn't normally make that kind of prediction. Its a reflection of the confidence and expectations he has in his own abilities and the fact the team have stepped it up this year.

I think he has, for the first time in years, a bike and a team he is comfortable with and he KNOWS he is faster than anybody in BSB, shakey and kiuo included. When he's in the zone I think he's faster than shakey and kiyo. Pulls out a big lead twice, pace car eliminates lead so that shakey is on his tail twice, and pulls away to win again twice. Who would have thought that last year? Also notice how much more aggressive he is this year, no waiting or holding back, no steady starts just bang and he's through and gone.

If he maintains his head and avoids injuries I think he could finally take the title. James Ellison BSB Champ 2015. Wouldn't that be nice and well deserved? and for JG Speedfit Kawasaki who have made huge strides to put a 1st class competitive scoot and team on the grid for 2015.
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread - Rnd 1 Donington *Spoile

Postby MiniNinjaMk5 on Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:21 pm

I've changed this into the 'BSB 2015 thread', just to save creating a new thread each time as it doesn't seem to get many comments.

Anyone think Byrne is going to be touchable this year? He just seems to be riding so well and consistently too, short of him being injured I can't see anyone getting near him. The Yam with Brookes doesn't seem to be quite up to speed yet, Ellison is going through a rough patch, Kiyo seems to have lost a bit of his mojo again.

Although with all of these I wonder if it's down to PBM giving full focus to their BSB team now that they have withdrawn from MotoGP - Stewart Easton being the main challenger to Byrne over the past few races would seem to indicate that.
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread

Postby Cobbett on Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:59 am

I think you're right, and that only injury can stop Byrne making it 5. Kiyo is such an enigma - he looked as if his career was over in that last year on the Honda; was then completely revitalised on the BMW, and on such a roll last year that I thought he was favourite going into the last round at Brands, where he did his collarbone; and now is rolling around in 12th again and falling off. A real shame, because he was really taking it to Shaky last year (and they're both proper gents).
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread

Postby MiniNinjaMk5 on Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:23 pm

I would love to hear what budget the Buildbase BMW team is run on compared to PBM Kawasaki. I know in these days of machine parity it makes less of a difference but still. (To be fair, this probably also applies to most of the other teams when compared to PBM)

I think what Kiyo was doing on that bike last year was 'above and beyond', which I think partly explains Byrne's attitude towards him when we won the title - first thing he did was go into the pits and to Kiyo's garage.
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread

Postby MiniNinjaMk5 on Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:10 am

Out of interest, does anyone know what the viewing is like at Oulton?

Was thinking of going for the first time but I've been put off by the old man who said it's terrible, but think the last time he went was probably just prior to the moon landings so could well have changed since then.
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread

Postby AntG on Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:36 am

Deer Leap just before the start/finish is my favourite, Old Hall is good for overtaking and the Avenue is good for high speed stuff.
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread

Postby MiniNinjaMk5 on Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:08 pm

Great, many thanks for that.
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Re: British Superbikes 2015 Thread

Postby MiniNinjaMk5 on Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:56 pm

Great racing over the weekend at Oulton!

Was just thinking how strong Brookes and the R1 look when Byrne managed to come back in race 3 after his earlier small mistake and take the win. Although, I wonder if there was a problem with Josh's tyre?

Dan Linfoot did well to get into the cut-off and Ellison as well to finish with those injuries.

Roll on the Shoot-Out and the first round in Assen in a couple of weekends! :)
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