The countdown is running as round one of the British Superbike Championship opens this Easter weekend at Brands Hatch. The three day event at the hallowed Indy circuit is sure to be one of the highlights of the racing year.
Within the 32 bikes on the grid at Brands, we have some familiar Rock Oil partners and teams competing for the championship.
For Buildbase BMW we have James Westmoreland, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Dunlop competing. James has been competing since 2007 within the BSB and achieved a noteworthy fifth position in the final standings of the 2013 championship. Michael Dunlop is a veteran 7 time Isle of Man TT winner, who will be guest racing on short circuit for the first few rounds for Buildbase BMW. Giving the mainland UK public a chance to see a TT racing legend in action. Ryuichi Kiyonari has been active within the BSB since 2004 winning the title in 2006, 2007 and 2010 respectively, achieving sixth position in the 2013 championship. Ryuichi is joining Buildbase BMW for the first time in 2014, his first race with a manufacturer other than Honda.
Ben Wilson is representing Gearlink Kawasaki, this will be Ben's first year in the premier superbike class. In recent years Ben has been competing in the British Supersport Championships achieving 12 wins overall, narrowly missing out on the title in 2011.
Jon Kirkham will be riding for Tsingtao WK Kawasaki. Jon has two BSB race wins to his credit and came 7th in the 2013 championship, with his first race in the BSB back in 2003. Tsingtao WK Kawasaki entered the BSB towards the end of 2013, which should make for interesting viewing as they continue to challenge the established teams and riders in the premier class.
Last but not least we have Simon Andrews representing RAF Reserves Honda. We're glad to see Simon has recovered from serious injuries sustained during the final Endurance World Championship race in 2013. This will also mark the first time Simon has been involved in the BSB since 2011, previously peaking in 2009 with a podium finish at Cadwell Park.
We wish all Rock riders and teams well for the 2014 championship.