The 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship will come to a climatic conclusion this weekend at Brands Hatch with Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha star Brad Ray heading into the final three races of the season with a 66-point advantage over Honda’s Glenn Irwin.
With 25-points for a win and three races still to come, it’s still mathematically possible for Ray to lose the title should he have a disastrous weekend from start to finish. However with Ray just requiring a handful of points from the opening race of the weekend, he’ll likely adopt a cautious outlook to ensure the title comes for the Ray household for the first time.
Ray, who has bagged seven race wins so far this season will be hoping to enjoy the final round of the season at his home track in front of friends and family. And, if the Yamaha man plays his cards right, could be celebrating Championship success on Saturday evening.
Touchingly there will also be numerous tributes to the late Chrissy Rouse throughout the Brands Hatch finale, with muted podium celebrations, a 69 second silence and #69 stickers adorning the race bikes in his memory.
As for 2023, we’ve already seen the FHO Racing team announce their line up with long-term rider Peter Hickman signing on for another year. And, he’ll be joined by Aussie, former BSB Champion, Josh Brookes. With Brookes undoubtedly making a return to the roads in 2023 alongside the multi-TT race winning team.
More rider and team announcements will follow on after the final races of the season with the likes of Bridewell, Skinner, Sykes and Ray all potentially on the move. However, regardless of who lines up on the grid next season, the racing will be just as intense and exhilarating as this year, and we can’t wait to host the UK’s premier motorcycle racing championship at Knockhill over the weekend of 16/17 June 2023.
Tickets for the event are online now with adult, weekend and camping tickets available for purchase through the Knockhill website. We’re all looking forward to another eventful season at Knockhill and look forward to welcoming you all back next year.