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 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 84 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.

Byrne secures his 6th BSB championship title, credit Jon Jessopp Photography

Kiyonari, Reynolds and Hislop

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.

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 but he’s now only one 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 and he added three more in 2017 on his way to second overall.

Heartache for Haslam

The last rider with more than 30 wins is Leon Haslam whose six wins in 2017 moved him from 25 to 31. After finishing second overall on three occasions, he looked on course for his first title in 2017 when he led by 33 points going into the final round but he saw that lead disappear when Byrne won the first two races and he then crashed at 172mph in the third and final race of the year when his brakes failed.

Class stalwart Michael Rutter is next up having racked up 27 wins over a 15-year period but he’s still competing today 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.

RiderWinsYear
1.Shane Byrne842002 – 2017
2.Ryuichi Kiyonari502004 – 2014
3.John Reynolds371997 – 2004
4.Josh Brookes362009 – 2017
5.Leon Haslam212004 – 2017
6.Michael Rutter281995 – 2010
7.Niall Mackenzie241996 – 1998
=Steve Hislop241998 – 2002
9.Gregorio Lavilla222005 – 2007
=Leon Camier222008 – 2009
11.Chris Walker211997 – 2012
12.Tommy Hill192005 – 2012
13.James Whitham161995 – 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 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 186 rostrums is some 69 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.

A third rider joined the ‘Century Club’ in 2017 with Josh Brookes standing on the podium on ten occasions to move from a career total of 99 to 109. Michael Rutter is next on the list with his 99 appearances in the top three being achieved over a 17 year-period.

Tough at the top

Ryuichi Kiyonari isn’t too far behind with 94 but then there’s quite a gap to Leon Haslam and Chris Walker who 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 riders closest to 50 podiums are James Haydon and Michael Laverty, both of whom are on 38.

 

 

 

 

RiderPodiumsYear
1.Shane Byrne1862002 – 2017
2.John Reynolds1171995 – 2005
3.Josh Brookes1091995 – 2017
4.Michael Rutter991996 – 2012
5.Ryuichi Kiyorani962004 – 2014
6.Leon Haslam692004 – 2017
7.Chris Walker711996 – 2014
8.Steve Hislop681996 – 2003
10.James Ellison602008 – 2016
11.Sean Emmett591996 – 2014
12.Tommy Hill532005 – 2012
13.Gregorio Lavilla522004 – 2007
14.Niall Mackenzie501996 – 2000

Most titles – 3 or more

Since 1996, 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 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 and Alex Lowes.

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)

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 – 560

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 – 46

Total number of podium finishers – 72

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 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 (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) – 1m24.873s – 103.21mph – 2017

Cadwell Park

Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW) – 1m26.478s – 90.75mph – 2017

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) – 1m47.143s – 99.75mph – 2017

Thruxton

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

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Words by Phil Wain.