Provisional 2011 BSB grid

John Hopkins, Ian Lowry and Dan Linfoot are among those to confirm their 2011 British Superbike Championship plans in recent days...
A flurry of announcements in recent days have seen the 2011 British Superbike grid swell in both numbers and talent, with a provisional 21 riders now confirmed two and a half months prior to the start of the new season.

With HM Plant Honda and Swan Yamaha taking centre stage pre-Christmas with the confirmation of its 2011 rider line-ups, several other teams have snatched some of the limelight recently, not least Crescent Suzuki, which will enter with John Hopkins this season.

The former MotoGP rider is a high-profile addition to the BSB grid and represents a significant coup for both the series and the Crescent team.

MSS Colchester Kawasaki has re-signed Gary Mason to join Stuart Easton, while James Westmoreland makes a welcome step up to the Superbike class with Motorpoint Yamaha after a successful BSS campaign.

His predecessor Dan Linfoot will ride for SMT Honda, while Buildbase BMW has announced Ian Lowry will make a full-time BSB return alongside John Laverty. Meanwhile, reigning EVO champion Steve Brogan will resume his rivalry with Hudson Kennaugh on the championship class stage after it was confirmed he will step up with Jentin Racing, albeit this time on a Honda.

The EVO class is also growing, thanks in part to an ambitious three rider entry from WFR Honda (formerly BSS champions Embassy Racing), which has secured the quality services of Glen Richards, Alex Lowes and Graeme Gowland. Currently, its rivals for the title include Barry Burrell on a third Buildbase BMW and Daniel Kneen on a Kawasaki.

Though the grid is already taking shape, there is potentially more to come with Relentless Suzuki – now with backing from the manufacturer – needing a partner for Josh Brookes, while Crescent Suzuki hasn't ruled out a second rider too.

Tyco Honda has stated its intentions to run a bike alongside Tommy Bridewell, while Ducati – fifth with Michael Rutter in 2010 - is also yet to announce its plans.

Confirmed 2011 BSB grid:

HM Plant Honda
Ryuichi Kiyonari
Shane Byrne

Relentless Suzuki
Josh Brookes

Swan Yamaha
Tommy Hill
Michael Laverty

Crescent Suzuki
John Hopkins

Buildbase BMW
John Laverty
Ian Lowry
Barry Burrell (E)

MSS Colchester Kawasaki
Stuart Easton
Gary Mason

Motorpoint Yamaha
Loris Baz
James Westmoreland

Tyco Honda
Tommy Bridewell

Splitlath Motorsport
Hudson Kennaugh SMT Honda
Dan Linfoot

Jentin Honda
Steve Brogan

WFR Honda
Glen Richards (E)
Alex Lowes (E)
Graeme Gowland (E)

Mark Bloom Kawasaki
Daniel Kneen (E)

Related Pictures

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Hopkins, Spanish WSBK 2009
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: TAS Racing]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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