The British Superbike Championship Statistics and Race Records 1996 – Present
Leading winners – 15 or more
It’s widely recognised and agreed that the BSB series we know today first came to existence in 1996 and it’s from here where all statistics are taken. The very first race winner in 1996 was Niall Mackenzie who took the 750cc Cadbury’s Boost Yamaha to victory at Donington Park – the Scottish ace returned to the UK after nine years on the Grand Prix trail and promptly won the BSB title three years on the trot!
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 85 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 taken during the course of the season he duly won his fifth title. For the first time ever, he then retained his title in 2017, overturning a 33-point deficit to Leon Haslam at the final round in dramatic fashion only for injury to curtail his defence in 2018.
His total currently puts him 31 wins clear of Josh Brookes with eleven years of his career having now been spent in the BSB series. His first win came in 2009 with five wins in 2020 moving him on to an overall total of 54 wins. The Australian has been victorious on Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati machinery with 15 of his career wins coming on the latter across 2019 and 2020, finishing second overall in the former for the fourth time before finally taking title number two in the latter.
His 2020 wins saw him overhaul Ryuichi Kiyonari with the majority of the Japanese rider’s 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 failed to get close to that kind of form in the following years, eventually leaving the series at the end of 2016.
Haslam takes fourth
Leon Haslam sits in fourth with the Derbyshire rider’s superb 2018 season seeing him not only win 15 races but also claim his maiden BSB title, after coming second on three previous occasions. He now lies nine wins clear of another champion, John Reynolds.
His total currently puts him 34 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 failed to get close to that kind of form in the following years, eventually leaving the series at the end of 2016.
Reynolds and Rutter
Despite having retired at the end of the 2005 season, Reynolds still has the fifth highest total of wins with the bulk of his success coming on Ducati and Suzuki machinery and although both Haslam and Brookes moved ahead of him, he should remain where he is for a while yet as he’s ten clear of Michael Rutter
Class stalwart Rutter racked up 27 wins over a 15-year period and has now started a staggering 446 BSB races. Meanwhile, triple champion Mackenzie took 24 wins in those three winning seasons and still sits in joint seventh overall, a position he shares with fellow Scot Steve Hislop.
They’re 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.
|1.||Shane Byrne||85||2002 – 2018|
|2.||Josh Brookes||54||2009 – 2020|
|3.||Ryuichi Kiyonari||50||2004 – 2014|
|4.||Leon Haslam||46||2004 – 2018|
|5.||John Reynolds||37||1997 – 2004|
|6.||Michael Rutter||28||1995 – 2010|
|7.||Niall Mackenzie||24||1996 – 1998|
|=||Steve Hislop||24||1998 – 2002|
|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 Ellison||15||2009 – 2017|
Leading podium finishes – Solos (50 podiums or more)
No less than 13 riders have stood on the podium 50 times or more since the 1996 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 189 rostrums is some 56 clear of Josh Brookes who pushed John Reynolds down to third overall in 2019. 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 joined the ‘Century Club’ in 2017 and he added another 18 to his total in 2019 when he missed out on his second BSB to team-mate Scott Redding by just five points. Ten more came his way in the shortened 2020 season when he won his second BSB title.
Breaking the 100-podium mark
Leon Haslam became just the fourth rider to break the 100-podium mark after his Championship winning season in 2018 saw him take 21 podiums from the 26 races held
Michael Rutter is next on the list with his 99 appearances on the podium achieved over a 17 year-period. Ryuichi Kiyonari isn’t too far behind with 94 but then there’s quite a gap to Chris Walker who is, after Rutter, the next rider never to have won the title, a description that also fits James Ellison and Sean Emmett. Meanwhile, the late Steve Hislop sits in ninth overall despite his final podium appearance coming back in 2003.
Tommy Hill sits on 53 podiums, one ahead of Gregorio Lavilla whose 52 podiums were achieved in just three years whilst the next rider closest to 50 podiums is Tommy Bridewell with 43, largely aided by having a stellar season in 2019 with no less than 18 rostrum appearances. The next highest rider still competing in the series is Jason O’Halloran with 28.
|1.||Shane Byrne||189||2002 – 2018|
|2.||Josh Brookes||143||2009 – 2020|
|3.||John Reynolds||115||1995 – 2005|
|4.||Leon Haslam||102||2004 – 2018|
|5.||Michael Rutter||99||1996 – 2012|
|6.||Ryuichi Kiyorani||96||2004 – 2014|
|7.||Leon Haslam||69||2004 – 2017|
|8.||Chris Walker||71||1996 – 2014|
|9.||Steve Hislop||68||1996 – 2003|
|=||James Ellison||68||2008 – 2018|
|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 1996, 13 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 and sixth in 2017 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, Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam.
Titles have been won by English, Scottish, Australian, Japanese and Spanish riders.
Shane Byrne – 6 titles (2002, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017)
Niall Mackenzie – 3 titles (1996, 1997, 1998)
Ryuichi Kiyonari – 3 titles (2006, 2007, 2010)
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 – 621
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 – 54
Total number of podium finishers – 78
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 – 16 (2017)
Current BSB Lap Records
Nine circuits currently make up the BSB calendar with Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Oulton Park each set to be visited twice in 2019. Donington, Brands and Silverstone all have more than one configuration with Donington’s National circuit being used in 2019 for the first time since 2000.
For the first time in BSB history, the Brands Indy circuit wasn’t used in 2019 whilst Thruxton remains, comfortably, the fastest circuit in use in the UK.
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.
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) – 1m36.330s – 105.47mph – 2018
Brands Hatch Indy
Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) – 45.201s – 96.20mph – 2018
Brands Hatch GP
Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) – 1m24.873s – 103.21mph – 2017
Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW) – 1m26.478s – 90.75mph – 2017
Donington Park (GP Circuit)
Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) – 1m28.896s – 100.72mph – 2016
Donington Park (National Circuit)
Hector Barbera (RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW) – 1m06.259s – 107.52mph – 2020
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) – 47.462s – 96.10mph – 2018
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products/Moto Rapido Ducati) – 1m06.432s – 107.24mph – 2019
Silverstone (GP circuit)
James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) – 2m05.267s – 105.39mph – 2015
Silverstone (National circuit)
Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) – 53.342s – 110.71mph – 2020
Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) – 1m47.143s – 99.75mph – 2017
Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) – 1m14.753s – 113.46mph – 2016
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Words by Phil Wain.