When does the 2022 British Superbike Championship season begin?

The first meeting of the season will take place on April 15-17, 2022.

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RACE WEEKEND

All 11 rounds of the 2022 BSB season operate a three-race format spread over a three-day race weekend that will also include practice and qualifying sessions.
The first day will see free practice sessions 1 and 2. The 12 fastest from those sessions will be seeded for Qualifying (Q2) on the second day..
The second day will open with a third, shorter practice session followed by a first Qualifying (Q1) session excluding the 12 seeded riders. The fastest six from that qualifying session will join the pre-seeded 12 in Qualifying (Q2) to fight it out for pole in the first race of the weekend, which will take place later on day 2.
The third day will consist of a warm-up and the second and third races of the weekend. Pole position in Race 2 and 3 will be determined by the fastest lap in the previous race; therefore the rider who sets the fastest lap in Race 1 will start on pole in Race 2, and the rider who sets the fastest lap in Race 2 will take pole for Race 3.
Day 1
  • Practice 1
  • Practice 2
Day 2
  • Practice 3
  • Qualifying (Q1)
  • Qualifying (Q2)
  • Race 1
Day 3:
  • Warm Up
  • Race 2
  • Race 3

Format

There will be 11 rounds of racing over the course of the season with the first eight making up the ‘regular’ season and the final three races known as the ‘Showdown’.
The top eight riders from the regular season compete in the Showdown for the championship.

Scoring

PositionPoints
1st25
2nd20
3rd16
4th13
5th11
6th10
7th9
8th8
9th7
10th6
11th5
12th4
13th3
14th2
15th1
In addition, podium points are awarded during the regular season (five points for a win, three for second and one for third).
During the Showdown, the eight riders are awarded a starting total of 1000 points, plus their podium points earned. These riders then score points in the usual manner over these three races. No additional podium points are awarded during these final races.

Championship favourites

Tom Sykes

The 2013 Superbike World Championship winner returns to the British Superbike Championship for the first time since 2008, when he finished 4th. He has had 18 podiums and five wins from 55 BSB starts, and will ride for MCE Ducati in 2022. His team-mate will be 2020 BSB champion Josh Brookes.

Leon Haslam

2018 BSB winner Haslam returns to the championship with a record of 102 podiums and 46 wins from 192 starts. Having finished 13th in the 2021 Superbike World Championship, the 38-year-old - competing on a Kawasaki for Lee Hardy Racing– will start as one of the favourites.

Tarran Mackenzie

The defending champion - and son of three-time BSB champion Niall Mackenzie - collected 10 of his 13 wins in his four-year BSB career last year. He returns on a Yamaha for McAMS alongside Jason O'Halloran, who finished 3rd last year. However, surgery on an ankle fracture suffered during testing at Silverstone for Mackenzie could derail his title defence.

Jason O'Halloran

O'Halloran has finished 10th, 2nd and 3rd since a year in the Superbike World Championship in 2018, and collected 11 wins on his way to 3rd spot last year. Mackenzie’s fracture has ruled him out of the opening round, so could that prove pivotal?

Riders, teams and bikes

1 Tarran Mackenzie (GBR) McAMS Yamaha - Yamaha YZF-R1
2 Glenn Irwin (GBR) Honda Racing UK - Honda CBR1000RR-R
4 Dan Linfoot (GBR) iForce BMW - BMW M 1000 RR
5 Dean Harrison (GBR) Dao Racing Kawasaki - Kawasaki ZX-10RR
7 Ryan Vickers (GBR) FHO Racing BMW - BMW M 1000 RR
10 Joe Sheldon-Shaw (GBR) NP Motorcycles BMW - BMW M 1000 RR
11 Rory Skinner (GBR) FS-3 Racing Kawasaki - Kawasaki ZX-10RR
12 Luke Mossey (GBR) TAG Racing Honda - Honda CBR1000RR-R
13 Takumi Takahashi (JAP) Honda Racing UK - Honda CBR1000RR-R
14 Lee Jackson (GBR) FS-3 Racing Kawasaki - Kawasaki ZX-10RR
16 Luke Hopkins (GBR) Black Onyx Security Honda - Honda CBR1000RR-R
18 Andrew Irwin (GBR) Synetiq BMW Motorrad - BMW M 1000 RR
21 Christian Iddon (GBR) Buildbase Suzuki - Suzuki GSX-R1000R
22 Jason O'Halloran (AUS) McAMS Yamaha - Yamaha YZF-R1
25 Josh Brookes (AUS) MCE Ducati - Ducati Panigale V4R
27 Bjorn Estment (RSA) Powerslide/Catfoss Suzuki - Suzuki GSX-R1000R
28 Bradley Ray (GBR) RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha - Yamaha YZF-R1
31 Sam Cox (GBR) NP Motorcycles BMW - BMW M 1000 RR
34 Liam Delves (GBR) Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki - Kawasaki ZX-10RR
44 Dan Jones (GBR) iForce BMW - BMW M 1000 RR
46 Tommy Bridewell (GBR) Oxford Products Racing Ducati - Ducati Panigale V4 R
52 Danny Kent (GBR) Buildbase Suzuki - Suzuki GSX-R1000R
55 Leon Jeacock (GBR) Specsavers Suzuki - Suzuki GSX-R1000R
60 Peter Hickman (GBR) FHO Racing BMW - BMW M 1000 RR
65 Josh Owens (GBR) Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki - Kawasaki ZX-10RR
66 Tom Sykes (GBR) MCE Ducati - Ducati Panigale V4R
68 Tom Neave (GBR) Honda Racing UK - Honda CBR1000RR-R
69 Chrissy Rouse (GBR) Crowe Performance BMW - BMW M 1000 RR
77 Kyle Ryde (GBR) RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha - Yamaha YZF-R1
79 Storm Stacey (GBR) Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki - Kawasaki ZX-10RR
83 Danny Buchan (GBR) Synetiq BMW Motorrad - BMW M 1000 RR
88 Ryo Mizuno (JAP) Honda Racing UK - Honda CBR1000RR-R
89 Fraser Rogers (GBR) iForce BMW - BMW M 1000 RR
91 Leon Haslam (GBR) Lee Hardy Racing Kawasaki - Kawasaki ZX-10RR

2022 race calendar

  • April 15 – 17 - Silverstone National
  • April 30 – May 2 - Oulton Park
  • May 20 – 22 - Donington Park National
  • June 17 – 19 - Knockhill
  • July 22 – 24 - Brands Hatch GP
  • Aug 12 – 14 - Thruxton
  • Aug 27 – 29 - Cadwell Park
  • Sept 9 – 11 - Snetterton 300
  • Sept 23 – 25 - Oulton Park
  • Sept 30 – Oct 2 - Donington Park GP
  • Oct 14 – 16 - Brands Hatch GP
Donington Park
'A masterclass!' - Jason O'Halloran takes his first win of the season
22/05/2022 AT 14:54
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Ryde seals Race 1 success from O'Halloran at Donington by 0.038s in photo finish
21/05/2022 AT 22:19