British Superbike Championship Records and Stats

The British Superbike Championship Statistics and Race Records 1995 – Present 

Leading winners – 15 or more

It’s widely recognised and agreed that the BSB series we know today first came to existence in 1995 and it’s from here where all statistics are taken. The very first race winner in 1995 was Michael Rutter who took his 888 Moto Cinelli Ducati to victory at a wet Donington Park – the Midlands rider was still competing in BSB races in 2015 and now has a record 443 races under his belt!

Shakey leads the race

However, over the 20 years of BSB history, the leading rider when it comes to race wins is Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne who grabbed his first win in 2002 when riding for the Renegade Red Bull Ducati team. Despite missing a few seasons over the years when competing in the MotoGP or World Superbike Championships, the Londoner now has 77 race wins to his name.

Those wins have come for a variety of teams and manufacturers and he’s won on both twin and four cylinder machines, notably Ducati, Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki. After an eight-year absence, he returned to Ducati in 2016 and with nine wins taking during the course of the season he duly won his fifth title.

Shane Byrne image courtesy of Termignonispa on Twitter

Shane Byrne image courtesy of Termignonispa on Twitter

Kiyonari, Reynolds and Hislop

His total currently puts him 27 wins clear of Japanese rider Ryuichi Kiyonari with the majority of those victories coming on Hondas, specifically the HM Plant Honda’s. He did, of course, have an excellent season riding the Buildbase BMW in 2014 when he finished second overall but has failed to get close to that kind of form since.

Despite having retired at the end of the 2005 season, John Reynolds still has the third highest total of wins with the bulk of his success coming on Ducati and Suzuki machinery and he’s four wins ahead of 2015 champion Josh Brookes. The Australian has been victorious on Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha machinery with almost half of his wins coming in his title-winning season.

Double champion Steve Hislop is next up, the last of the group of riders with 30 wins or more, with class stalwart Michael Rutter having racked up 28 wins over a 15-year period. Leon Haslam made his return to BSB in 2016, for the first time since 2008, and nine more wins saw him jump to seventh overall on 25.

Triple champion Niall Mackenzie took 24 wins in those three seasons and still sits in eighth overall, one place ahead of Gregorio Lavilla, who’s 22 wins were all taken on the Ducati 999, and Leon Camier who still has the record number of wins in a single season at 19. This came in 2009 when he dominated the championship on the Yamaha R1.

Rider Wins Year
1. Shane Byrne 77 2002 – 2016
2. Ryuichi Kiyonari 50 2004 – 2014
3. John Reynolds 37 1997 – 2004
4. Josh Brookes 33 2009 – 2015
5. Steve Hislop 31 1995 – 2002
6. Michael Rutter 28 1995 – 2010
7. Leon Haslam 25 2004 – 2016
8. Niall Mackenzie 24 1996 – 1998
9. Gregorio Lavilla 22 2005 – 2007
= Leon Camier 22 2008 – 2009
11. Chris Walker 21 1997 – 2012
12. Tommy Hill 19 2005 – 2012
13. James Whitham 16 1995 – 1996

Leading podium finishes – Solos (50 podiums or more)

No less than 13 riders have stood on the podium 50 times or more since the 1995 British Superbike Championship although only eight of them have gone on to win the title with a number of the class regulars coming close on more than one occasion but ultimately falling short of the number one plate.

Unsurprisingly, it’s Shane Byrne that again leads the way and his current total of 173 rostrums is some 56 clear of John Reynolds. That shows what a dominant force Byrne has been over the years and also how successful Reynolds was up until his retirement at the end of 2005.

Brookes & Rutter misses on joining the ‘100 club’

They’re the only two riders with more than a century of podiums as Michael Rutter is next on the list with his 99 appearances in the top three being achieved over 17 years. 2015 Champion Josh Brookes also only narrowly missed out on joining the ‘100 Club’ as his crash in the final race of 2015 left him stuck on 99 podiums.

Josh Brookes takes the 2015 title

Josh Brookes takes the 2015 title

 

Ryuichi Kiyonari isn’t too far behind with 94 but then there’s quite a gap to Chris Walker and Leon Haslam who are,. Chris Walker and Leon Haslam are, after Rutter, the next two riders never to have won the title, a description that also fits James Ellison and Sean Emmett. Meanwhile, the late Steve Hislop sits in eighth overall despite his final podium appearance coming back in 2003.

All but one of Gregorio Lavilla’s 52 podiums were achieved in just three years whilst the next rider closest to 50 podiums is James Haydon on 38

Rider Podiums Year
1. Shane Byrne 173 2002 – 2016
2. John Reynolds 117 1995 – 2005
3. Michael Rutter 99 1995 – 2012
= Josh Brookes 99 2009 – 2015
5. Ryuichi Kiyorani 96 2004 – 2014
6. Steve Hislop 79 1995 – 2003
7. Chris Walker 71 1996 – 2014
8. Leon Haslam 69 2004 – 2016
9. Steve Hislop 68 1993 – 2003
10. James Ellison 60 2008 – 2016
11. Sean Emmett 59 1996 – 2014
12. Tommy Hill 53 2005 – 2012
13. Gregorio Lavilla 52 2004 – 2007
14. Niall Mackenzie 50 1996 – 2000

Most titles – 3 or more

Since 1995, 12 riders have been crowned British Champion but only five of them have been victorious on more than one occasion and only three riders have won the title three times or more. The first to achieve that feat was Niall Mackenzie with his three titles coming in three successive years and he remains the only rider to have achieved that particular feat.

Ryuichi Kiyonari took back to back titles in 2006 and 2007 and after two years in the World Superbike Championship, he returned to the UK in 2010 to make it three Championships and thus match Mackenzie’s total.

Shane Byrne became the third rider to win three Championships when he took the 2012 crown, following his successes in 2002 and 2008, but he went clear of Mackenzie and Kiyonari in 2014 when he took his fourth title. He then added a fifth in 2016 to further consolidate his status as the most successful BSB rider ever.

Steve Hislop and John Reynolds both won two Championships with solitary title success being taken by Troy Bayliss, Neil Hodgson, Gregorio Lavilla, Leon Camier, Tommy Hill and Alex Lowes.

Titles have been won by English, Scottish, Australian, Japanese and Spanish riders.

Shane Byrne – 5 titles (2002, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016)

Niall Mackenzie – 3 titles (1996, 1997, 1998)

Ryuichi Kiyonari – 3 titles (2006, 2007, 2010)

Ryuichi Kiyonari

Ryuichi Kiyonari

At a glance – stats from 1995 onwards

Total number of circuits in current use – 9

Total number of circuits used – 13

Total number of races held – 534

Closest finish – dead heat (Snetterton, 1995 – Steve Hislop and James Whitham)

Oldest champion – John Reynolds (2004 – 41yrs, 84 days)

Youngest champion – Alex Lowes (2013 – 23yrs 36 days)

Oldest race winner – John Reynolds, Oulton Park, Sep 2004 (41yrs, 77days)

Youngest race winner – Jonathan Rea, Mondello Park, Jun 2007 (20yrs, 104 days)

Total number of race winners – 42

Total number of podium finishers – 69

Most wins in a season – 19 (Leon Camier, 2009)

Most podiums in a season – 23 (John Reynolds, 2001, Shane Byrne, 2014 and Josh Brookes, 2015)

Most number of winners in a season – 10 (1998)

Most number of podium finishers in a season – 15 (2015)

Current BSB Lap Records

Nine circuits currently make up the BSB calendar with both Brands Hatch (three times) and Oulton Park (twice) visited on more than one occasion. Only Brands Hatch uses more than one configuration with the Grand Prix circuit being used twice and the shorter Indy Circuit once.

All of the lap records have been set since the Pirelli control tyre was introduced in 2008 with the lap record at Cadwell Park finally being broken in 2016 after standing for nine years.

Assen

Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) – 1m36.904s – 104.84mph – 2015

Brands Hatch Indy

James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) – 45.212s – 96.18mph – 2015

Brands Hatch GP

Josh Brookes (Relentless by TAS Suzuki) – 1m25.426s – 102.54mph – 2011

Cadwell Park

Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) – 1m26.590s – 90.63mph – 2016

Donington Park

Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) – 1m28.896s – 100.72mph – 2016

Knockhill

Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) – 48.252s – 94.52mph – 2015

Oulton Park

Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) – 1m34.483s – 102.57mph – 2015

Silverstone

James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) – 2m05.267s – 105.39mph – 2015

Snettterton

Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) – 1m47.714s – 99.22mph – 2016

Thruxton

Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) – 1m14.884s – 113.26mph – 2015

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Words by Phil Wain.