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Season’s Greetings from BSB

As the festive season continues and Christmas and the New Year beckon, MSVR would like to thank everyone who made the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship such a success. In particular to the 477,300 spectators who attended events to witnessed the spectacular action trackside and the many tens of millions more who watched around the globe on television, not forgetting everyone who continued to grow our series by interacting through our dynamic social media channels.

Of course we need to send a huge thank you to all the riders and teams across all the classes who once again provided non-stop entertainment and immeasurable competition at each and every round; your talent, skill, commitment and professionalism continues to make BSB highly respected amongst all other motorsport championships in the world.

Congratulations to Shane Byrne on successfully defending his title for the first time, making it six championship victories for the Be Wiser Ducati team and we toast all the other 2017 champions – Keith Farmer, Tom Booth-Amos, Max Cook, Danny Buchan, Dan Stamper, Joe Collier, Fenton Seabright and the Reeves brothers with their dominant display in the British Superbike Championship Sidecar Championship.

Our sincere appreciation also goes out to all our other commercial and media partners, who are an integral part of the series.

The BSB show would simply not be possible without the commitment and skills of the Racesafe marshals, the race organisation and our outstanding medical team. We also take time to remember Mick Whalley and Mark Fincham.  

2017 delivered an incredible season. There were ten different riders who celebrated race wins for the first time since 1998, including firsts for Jake Dixon, Glenn Irwin and Dan Linfoot, with all of the manufacturers celebrating victory, demonstrating the strength and depth of competition. To add to the immense competition we witnessed at every round, a further six riders scored podium finishes, including rookie Bradley Ray.

The final Showdown phase was the closest fought since it was introduced in 2010, with all six places going down to the wire in the final race of the Main Season at Silverstone. It featured six different teams, representing five different manufacturers, with Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha, RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki and Smiths Racing BMW making the top six cut for the first time with Dixon and Peter Hickman securing a career first Title Fighter position – showing the championship does have a David and Goliath story every year.

We have already started the countdown to the opening round of 2018 which will kick off at Donington Park on March 31 – April 2. We can’t wait because if this season was anything to go by, we are in for a spectacular new season.

Byrne will be back with an even bigger target on his back and after one of the most emotional season finales we have seen in recent years; Haslam will no doubt come back fighting even harder after that incredible show of sportsmanship after crashing out when his first title was in his grasp. 

And don't forget if you can't wait until next April then you can still relive all the action from the 2017 season over the festive season courtesy of ITV4 and British Eurosport.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

 

Stuart Higgs, MSVR and the entire British Superbike Championship team

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