Revised 2021 Bennetts British Superbike calendar announced

Revised 2021 Bennetts British Superbike calendar announced

The 2021 Bennetts British Superbike calendar has been revised with a slightly later start date to allow maximum fan attendance as the season gets underway.

Series organisers MSVR have pushed the opening round of the championship back to beyond the 21st June date set out by the government as a point at which it is hoped most legal restrictions on mass gatherings will end, meaning the first round is now set to take place at Oulton Park between 25-27 June, some three weeks later than initially planned.

Consequently, the rounds set to take place at Snetterton and Thruxton in early June have been re-scheduled to allow the full 11 round series to remain intact.

In line with the changes to the calendar, the new-for-2021 home testing schedule has been amended slightly with bikes now due back on track for the first time at the end of April at Silverstone.

The McAMS Yamaha team remain full steam ahead in preparing for the new season, seeking to etch further performance from the YZF-R1 after their best season yet saw Jason O’Halloran finish runner-up in 2020.

Round 1: June 25-27 – Oulton Park
Round 2: July 9-11 – Knockhill
Round 3: July 23-25 – Brands Hatch GP
Round 4: July 30-August 1 – Thruxton
Round 5: August 13-15 – Donington Park National
Round 6: August 20-22 – Cadwell Park
Round 7: September 3-5 – Snetterton 300
Round 8: September 10-12 – Silverstone National
Round 9: September 24-26 – Oulton Park
Round 10: October 1-3 – Donington Park GP
Round 11: October 15-17 – Brands Hatch GP

*All rounds are Bennetts BSB triple-headers

Jason O'Halloran

“It’s been quite a long winter, but the feeling now is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We really noticed the lack of fans at events last year, it was really strange on the cool down lap with no-one to wave to, so I fully respect the organisers putting the season back a little so we can have everyone back at the track. The good thing is testing hasn’t gone back too far, so it’s still just over a month until we can swing our legs back over the R1 and prepare for a busy season!”

Tarran Mackenzie

“As a rider, I can’t wait to get back out racing and in normal circumstances, I’d want that to be as soon as possible. However, if putting the season back a little bit further means we can have fans back at events that is definitely the right call. We really missed having crowds last year, it’s what makes BSB what it is so if this means we can have a full season with as many people at the circuit as possible, I’m happy to wait that little bit longer, but I’m certainly counting down the days!”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“While it’s a little frustrating that we’ll have to wait a little longer to get the season started, it is 100% for the right reasons. 2020 quite simply wasn’t the same without the fans, so it is well worth waiting a few extra weeks to get those crowds back on the banks. Things are busy up at Raceways as we prepare for the new season, the technical team have been working hard to further improve the package, while Taz and Jason have both been flat out in training. They both plan to get out for a few laps on their practice bikes before the official test programme starts at the end of April. It’s going to be a busy, full on year once things get going – it’s sure going to make up for these quieter months and we can’t wait to see you all there.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Josh Brookes VisionTrack Ducati Ducati 288
2 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 267
3 Christian Iddon VisionTrack Ducati Ducati 258
4 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda 226
5 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 215
6 Andrew Irwin Honda Racing Honda 172
7 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati 168
8 Lee Jackson Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki Kawasaki 157
9 Kyle Ryde Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 137
10 Danny Buchan Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki Kawasaki 131

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