BSB 2024: It’s Anyone’s Game in First International Season in Five Years

BSB 2024 is set to be a thrilling season if last year is anything to go by, and comes with an international race for the first time since 2019

Kyle Ryde, 2024 BSB Donington Test. - Ian Hopgood

The 2024 British Superbike Championship comes in the wake of one of the most dramatic seasons in the series’ history in 2023, which saw the title decided in a final race, with a final lap duel between the two primary title contenders. BSB 2024 adds a new circuit into the mix, as well as several rider moves and a slight change to the tyre rules.

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BSB 2024 Championship Standings

The opening round of the 2024 British Superbike Championship saw an exceptional weekend for Yamaha, who took all six podium placs/ For Ryan Vickers, a double win means he leads the standings by 14 ahead of the first British round at Oulton Park next month.

2024 British Superbike Championship Standings

2024 British Superbike Championship
PosRiderNat.BSB TeamSuperbikePts
1Ryan VickersGBROMG Grilla Yamaha RacingYamaha R136
2Danny KentGBRMcAMS Racing YamahaYamaha R130
3Kyle RydeGBROMG Grilla Yamaha RacingYamaha R130
4Leon HaslamGBRROKiT Haslam Racing BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR17
5Glenn IrwinGBRHager PBM DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R20
6Christian IddonGBROxford Products RacingDucati Panigale V4 R21
7Max CookGBRCompletely Motorbikes KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR17
8Jason O'HalloranAUSCompletely Motorbikes KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR16
9Charlie NesbittGBRMasterMac HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R14
10Rory SkinnerGBRCheshire Mouldings BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR11
11Peter HickmanGBRFHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR10
12Tommy BridewellGBRHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R9
13Lee JacksonGBRMasterMac HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R6
14Josh BrookesAUSFHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR5
15Fraser RogersGBRTAG HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R3
16Billy McConnellAUSC&L Fairburn Properties Look Ahead RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R3
17Andrew IrwinGBRHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R3
18Storm StaceyGBRLKQ Euro Car Parts KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR1
19Dean HarrisonGBRHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R0
20Brayden ElliottAUSDAO Racing KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR0
21Danny BuchanGBRDAO Racing KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR0
22Alex OlsenGBRCumins by Team IWRHonda CBR1000RR-R0
23Lewis RolloGBRIN Competition SencatAprilia RSV4 11000
24Louis ValleleyGBRNP Racing Kawasaki TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR0
25Franco BourneGBRRapid HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R0
26Tom NeaveGBRStauff Fluid Power KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR0
27Jaimie van SikkelerusNEDTAG HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R0
28Luke HedgerGBRWhitecliffe CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR0

BSB 2024 teams & riders

The 2024 BSB season is set to look a fair bit different to 2023, with new official teams, top teams scaling back, and riders moving teams and manufacturers.

One of the headline changes for this year is that the Raceways Yamaha team, that ran under the McAMS Yamaha banner, has left the championship, and so its official Yamaha support has gone to OMG Racing, which also has a new title sponsor in the drinks company Grilla. Their rider line-up stays the same, though, with Kyle Ryde and Ryan Vickers remaining aboard the R1s.

After Raceways left, McAMS found a new home in the Mar-Train Racing team, thus sticking with Yamaha machinery. The team has parted with Jack Kennedy, though, who has moved back to Supersport with Honda, and in his place at Mar-Train has arrived 2015 Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent.

Kennedy’s move to Supersport with Honda comes with the chance to move back to Superbike with the same brand in the future, but for now Honda’s expanded three-rider effort sees Andrew Irwin return on the #18, and joined now by 2019 Senior TT Winner Dean Harrison and reigning BSB Champion Tommy Bridewell.

Bridewell left behind the PBM Ducati squad to head to Honda, but Glenn Irwin remains in the now-Hager-backed PBM team, which sticks with Ducati in 2024 but down-sizes to one bike.

BMW’s effort is spread across three teams this year. FHO Racing has brought the Monster Energy backing it ran at the Isle of Man TT last year to BSB in 2024, and remains with Peter Hickman and Josh Brookes aboard its pair of M 1000 RRs.

Elsewhere, Leon Haslam’s team retains its ROKiT sponsorship but upgrades to the latest-spec M 1000 RR after spending last year on the 2022 bike.

Finally for BMW, Rory Skinner is back in BSB this year after being dropped by the American Racing Moto2 team at the end of last year. Skinner was last in BSB in 2022 with the FS-3 Kawasaki team, but returns this year with the new-look, one-rider Cheshire Mouldings BMW Motorrad team run by the well-known TAS Racing setup.

Skinner’s old team, FS-3, has Completely Motorbikes backing this year, and is still the official Kawasaki BSB team. Jason O’Halloran has arrived to replace Lee Jackson, while Max Cook remains on the #30 ZX-10RR.

The full 2024 BSB rider roster is below.

2024 British Superbike Championship Rider List

2024 British Superbike Championship | Teams & Riders
1Tommy BridewellGBRHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R
5Dean HarrisonGBRHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R
18Andrew IrwinGBRHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R
2Glenn IrwinGBRHager PBM DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R
25Josh BrookesAUSFHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR
60Peter HickmanGBRFHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR
51Brayden ElliottAUSDAO Racing KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR
83Danny BuchanGBRDAO Racing KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR
75Alex OlsenGBRCumins by Team IWRHonda CBR1000RR-R
22Jason O'HalloranAUSCompletely Motorbikes KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR
30Max CookGBRCompletely Motorbikes KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR
11Rory SkinnerGBRCheshire Mouldings BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR
3Billy McConnellAUSC&L Fairburn Properties Look Ahead RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
8Lewis RolloGBRIN Competition SencatAprilia RSV4 1100
79Storm StaceyGBRLKQ Euro Car Parts KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR
14Lee JacksonGBRMasterMac HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R
86Charlie NesbittGBRMasterMac HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R
52Danny KentGBRMcAMS Racing YamahaYamaha R1
55Louis ValleleyGBRNP Racing Kawasaki TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR
7Ryan VickersGBROMG Grilla Yamaha RacingYamaha R1
77Kyle RydeGBROMG Grilla Yamaha RacingYamaha R1
21Christian IddonGBROxford Products RacingDucati Panigale V4 R
54Franco BourneGBRRapid HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R
91Leon HaslamGBRROKiT Haslam Racing BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR
68Tom NeaveGBRStauff Fluid Power KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR
74Jaimie van SikkelerusNEDTAG HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R
89Fraser RogersGBRTAG HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R
23Luke HedgerGBRWhitecliffe CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR

BSB 2024 races

The 2024 BSB calendar is most notable for its inclusion of the Circuito de Navarra as the season opener on 20-21 April. The Spanish circuit was bought by MSVR, which promotes BSB and owns tracks like Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Cadwell Park among others. The teams and riders tested at Navarra at the end of last year, and have just been back for another pre-season test. The Navarra round will mark the first international race for BSB since it last went to Assen in 2019.

Navarra’s inclusion comes at the cost of Silverstone, but aside from that the calendar features all the circuits we’ve come to expect, with the likes of Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, Donington Park, Thruxton, Snetterton, Brands Hatch, and Knockhill all included.
The full 2024 BSB calendar is below.

2024 British Superbike Calendar

2024 British Superbike Championship | Calendar
Rd No.CircuitDate/Winners
1Circuito de NavarraRyan Vickers
2Oulton Park #14-6 May
3Donington Park #117-19 May
4Knockhill14-16 June
5Snetterton5-7 June
6Brands Hatch #119-21 June
7Thruxton9-11 August
8Cadwell Park24-26 August
9Oulton Park #213-15 September
10Donington Park #227-29 September
11Brands Hatch #211-13 October

BSB 2024 points system

BSB overhauled its points and Showdown model in 2023, getting rid of the eight-rider cut-off and ‘podium credits’ system that had been more or less unchanged since 2010, and bringing in a new system of levelled points scoring. This new system remains in place for 2024.

The first eight rounds of the championship make up the Main Season, and score the top 15 riders of each race on the following scale: 18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Then, rounds nine and 10 make up the Showdown portion of the championship and score the top 15 of each race on the following scale: 25-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Finally, round 11 is marked as the Season Finale, and scores the top 15 of each race on the following scale: 35-30-27-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2.

BSB 2024 tyres

Pirelli has developed its Diablo Superbike tyre offering over the last 20 years. One of the most significant developments for the World Superbike Championship has been the SCX compound, which was originally designed to be used in WorldSBK’s 10-lap Superpole Races, but has also become an option in the full-distance races in the World Championship.

The SCX was introduced to BSB for the first time last year, but has now been removed from the BSB allocation on safety grounds. Not for an issue with the tyre itself, but with the corner speeds it allows. Effectively, BSB has banned the SCX tyre to control the amount of grip available to BSB riders and therefore the speed they can carry around a circuit.

The tracks BSB visits are often quite limited in terms of run-off area, and so controlling speeds is an important safety measure.

Find all the latest BSB news throughout the 2024 season on Visordown.