The 2018 Bennetts British Superbike championship has revealed the official entry list for the upcoming season with 28 riders confirmed.

Earlier today, BSB confirmed its new title sponsor partnership with Bennetts and with the final addition Dean Harrison and his Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki squad the permanent riders on the 2018 grid is confirmed at 28 entries.

Reigning BSB champion Shane Byrne will look to fight off tough competition from familiar faces Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) and Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) plus a number of exciting youngsters and rookies including Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha), Gino Rea (OMG Racing Suzuki) and Kyle Ryde (CF Motorsport Yamaha).

BSB series director Stuart Higgs is relishing the new season with title sponsor Bennetts and has hinted a handful of wildcard entries throughout the season to intensify the 2018 grid competition.

“Today marks a very exciting day for Bennetts BSB,” Higgs said. “As the season rapidly approaches it is hugely exciting to reveal the new look for 2018 and beyond in association with our new title partner Bennetts but also release the official entry list of 28 permanent riders. We are also expecting a number of wildcard entries at selected rounds to boost the grid further.

“We arrive at the opening round of the season this year off the back of one of the most memorable and fiercely-fought championships in recent times. The strength and depth of this year’s entry together with the highest-ever class newcomer intake will make for an incredible mix.  The start of the season can’t come soon enough.”

The 2018 season gets underway an at official test day at Donington Park on March 20 before the circuit hosts the season opener March 31 - April 2.

2018 Bennetts British Superbike championship entry list

Team/Manufacturer

Rider

Nationality

#

Be Wiser Ducati

Shane Byrne

Great Britain

67

Be Wiser Ducati

Glenn Irwin

Great Britain

2

Buildbase Suzuki

Richard Cooper

Great Britain

47

Buildbase Suzuki

Bradley Ray

Great Britain

28

CF Motorsport Yamaha

Kyle Ryde

Great Britain

77

FS3 Racing Kawasaki

Danny Buchan

Great Britain

83

Gearlink Kawasaki

Carl Phillips

Great Britain

32

Honda Racing

Dan Linfoot

Great Britain

4

Honda Racing

Jason O’Halloran

Australia

22

JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Leon Haslam

Great Britain

91

JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Luke Mossey

Great Britain

12

McAMS Yamaha

Josh Brookes

Australia

25

McAMS Yamaha

Tarran Mackenzie

Great Britain

95

Moto Rapido Racing Ducati

Taylor Mackenzie

Great Britain

24

Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki

Tommy Bridewell

Great Britain

46

OMG Racing Suzuki

Gino Rea

Great Britain

44

Platform Hire Yamaha

Aaron Zanotti

Great Britain

64

PR Racing Lloyd & Jones Bowker BMW

Jakub Smrz

Czech Republic

96

RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki

Jake Dixon

Great Britain

27

Ridersmotorcycles.com BMW

Martin Jessopp

Great Britain

40

Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki

Dean Harrison

Great Britain

5

Smiths Racing BMW

Peter Hickman

Great Britain

60

Smiths Racing BMW

Sylvain Barrier

France

20

TAG Racing Yamaha

James Ellison

Great Britain

11

TAG Racing Yamaha

Shaun Winfield

Great Britain

8

Tyco BMW

Michael Laverty

Great Britain

7

Tyco BMW

Christian Iddon

Great Britain

21

WD40 Kawasaki

Mason Law

Great Britain

55