Bennetts British Superbike bosses have this morning released the provisional entry list for next season with 30 rider signed up for the season.
There is one more team and rider combination to be confirmed - which should happen in the New Year - and series boss Stuart Higgs is a happy man.
“After another incredible season we are looking forward to 2019, and the new look grid for the new year. In 2018 we celebrated a total of 15 different podium finishers, seven of those were different race winners, showing the depth and level of competition in the championship,” said Higgs.
“It is also testament to the stable technical regulations that 11 different teams scored podium finishing results this year and with new riders joining the grid, plus several of the leading manufacturers unveiling new models, we are already hugely excited about the 2019 season.”
The 2019 Bennetts BSB grid features an incredible list of title contenders with nine different race winners in the series, including 2015 champion Josh Brookes and previous Showdown contenders Bradley Ray, Jason O’Halloran, Luke Mossey, Tommy Bridewell, Glenn Irwin, Peter Hickman, James Ellison and Dan Linfoot.
A further three challengers have scored podium finishes meaning that the anticipation for the season is already building.
The Championship continues to attract some new championship’s protagonists and 2019 continues the trend with two former MotoGP riders, Scott Redding and Italian Claudio Corti, reigning WorldSBK Independent Riders champion Xavi Forés from Spain, plus a further six rookies including Dickies British Supersport Championship runner-up Ben Currie.
2019 will also mark the progression into the Bennetts BSB class of two reigning support class champions with Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship title-winners Keith Farmer and Ryan Vickers respectively joining the premier class.
2019 BSB provisional entry list
Be Wiser Ducati Josh Brookes Australia 25
Be Wiser Ducati Scott Redding Great Britain 45
Buildbase Suzuki Bradley Ray Great Britain 28
Buildbase Suzuki TBA
CDH Racing Dean Hipwell Great Britain 74
EHA Racing Yamaha David Allingham Great Britain 23
FS3 Kawasaki Danny Buchan Great Britain 83
Gearlink Kawasaki Fraser Rogers Great Britain 89
Honda Racing Xavi Fores Spain 6
Honda Racing Andrew Irwin Great Britain 18
Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad BMW Joe Francis Great Britain 40
McAMS Yamaha Jason O’Halloran Australia 22
McAMS Yamaha Tarran Mackenzie Great Britain 95
OMG Racing Suzuki Josh Elliott Great Britain 10
OMG Racing Suzuki Luke Mossey Great Britain 12
Oxford Racing Ducati Tommy Bridewell Great Britain 46
Quattro Plant - JG Speedfit Kawasaki Glenn Irwin Great Britain 2
Quattro Plant - JG Speedfit Kawasaki Ben Currie Australia 61
Raceways Yamaha Matt Truelove Great Britain 59
RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki Ryan Vickers Great Britain 7
Silicone Engineering Kawasaki * Dean Harrison Great Britain 5
Smiths Racing BMW Peter Hickman Great Britain 60
Smiths Racing BMW James Ellison Great Britain 77
TAG Yamaha Dan Linfoot Great Britain 4
TAG Yamaha Shaun Winfield Great Britain 8
Team 64 Kawasaki Sam Coventry Great Britain 90
Team WD40 Kawasaki Claudio Corti Italy 71
Tyco BMW Motorrad Christian Iddon Great Britain 21
Tyco BMW Motorrad Keith Farmer Great Britain 33