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BSB Rider of the Year vote: 9th

You voted in your thousands, but there can only be one winner... This is Crash.net's top ten countdown to the 2012 British Superbike Rider of the Year as voted for by you!
9. Barry Burrell

Nationality: British
Team: Buildbase BMW
Bike: BMW S1000RR
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Championship points: 84
Championship position: 13th

Having carved a reputation as something of an unsung hero by proving the closest thing to a rival for the dominant WFR Hondas during his 2011 British Superbike EVO campaign, Barry Burrell would go on to make a confident step into the championship class in 2012.

Staying on board with Buildbase BMW, Burrell's 2012 season took time to get going as he could only manage two points from the opening seven races, but a then career-best tenth place finish at Snetterton would kick-start a better run of form during the middle and latter-end of the year.

Cracking the top ten again at Oulton Park and Donington Park, it all preluded a remarkable performance during the final Brands Hatch event when Burrell turned in a podium-challenging performance during all three races.

The first time the Buildbase BMW had been so close to the front of the field, though Burrell would just miss out on the elusive podium finish, a fourth, fifth and sixth were a headline-grabbing end to a season that had gained in momentum.

As it stands, Burrell is yet to have landed a BSB ride for 2013, but – as your votes have proved here – his absence would be a shame for the series.

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2011: N/A
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2010: N/A
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2009: N/A
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2008: N/A

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2012:

10. Ian Lowry

Do you agree the poll results? If not, why not? Leave your comments below...



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Fret - Unregistered

December 25, 2012 11:51 AM

Do not agree at all with so called Sweeble! All I can say have you ever ridden with this hero on a trackday? Well all I can say that Barry is not that fortunate to have many resources who can back him financially! The comment of Barry doing 'suddenly' at the last round does not stack up at all, since there are riders in the pack who have performed worse than Barry in 2012, and yet they have landed a ride for 2013! Sorry but had to express my frustration about this comment so therefore do not agree with his comment at all!!!! Come on and support this quiet going guy and get him a ride for 2013!!!!!!!!!!

Fret - Unregistered

December 25, 2012 11:43 AM

All I comment is that Barry has done a great job in 2012 for the Buildbase Team. I honestly do not understand why this quiet going guy has not got a ride for 2013, since he deserves it big style!!! I have met him at @cwrs9 and he is a great person. We all should support him to get a ride for 2013! Personally I think Barry should get the number 1 spot for this year. I really do hope he does get a ride next year!!! Hopefully there are teams out there who will support him (to all the teams are you listening?)



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