2018 was the year Leon Haslam Finally Fucking Did It™. After years of just missing out, the Derbyshire man wrapped up his first Bennetts British Superbike title with two races to spare after winning 14 from the available 26.
After a slow start, Jake Dixon got himself together a posed a serious threat to Haslam right until the Assen round when it all went tits up, while Glenn Irwin was also in the mix but with the sole 25-pointer to his name, it just wasn’t enough for the Carrickfergus man.
Josh Brookes was another rider who started slowly but took three wins over the season. A series of engine blow ups (into the double figures if some people’s maths are correct) was the thing that put paid to the former champ’s challenge.
Peter Hickman proved he is the best all-rounder in the world, adding fourth in the title chase to his Senior TT win and outright lap record while a bright start from Bradley Ray eventually saw him slip back to sixth in the Showdown. All the switching from Pirelli to Bridgestone tyres for Suzuka won’t have helped the youngster.
Tommy Bridewell ended up winning the Riders Cup after getting sacked by Halsall Racing and picked up by Moto Rapido Ducati a - a team that runs on sarcasm and abuse, and Bridewell’s spiritual home.
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