Happy Monday! And what a weekend it was…
**Spoiler alert- we will be sharing who won the British Superbike Championship so if you don’t want to know – then look away and come back when you want to know!**
It was the concluding round of the British Superbike Championship this weekend at Brands Hatch – and boy, was it exciting! The championship came down to the wire and despite Josh Brookes scoring a hattrick of wins, Scott Redding clinched it with a five-point gap. Redding has made BSB Championship history by becoming the first rider to celebrate a title victory in his debut season. Another stat for you – it’s the seventh Superbike Championship crown for PBM Be Wiser Ducati team, although it’s the first time they’ve enjoyed a one-two finish in the final standings.
The newly-crowned BSB champ isn’t sticking around though and is heading to the World Superbike paddock for the 2020 season, partnering Chaz Davies at the ARUBA.IT Racing Ducati outfit.
It wasn’t just the British Superbikes out in full force this weekend as the MotoGP riders took to the track in Japan at Motegi – a circuit which has been a permanent fixture on the MotoGP calendar since it first hosted a race in 1999. Japan, home to some of the world’s biggest manufacturers in the world – obviously – makes it a key fixture on the calendar. Fresh from winning the rider’s title in Thailand, a win for Marc Marquez saw him secure the manufacturer’s title for Honda at their own race track. French rider, Fabio Quartararo, had a great weekend too crossing the line in second place ahead of Dovizioso and securing the 2019 Rookie of the Year title.
Moving onto ‘new bike news’, Yamaha launched a new MT-125 for 2020. The A1 friendly machine has similar styling and headlight section to its big brother, the MT-03 – and has a new LCD dash. Available in Ice Fluo, Icon Blue and Midnight Black, we wish these were about when we were younger!
We’ve brought you the news of a number of new models launched already, but in case you missed them, we’ve put together a round-up of the latest new machines for 2020 – check it out here
We’re only a few weeks away from EICMA so not long to wait to see what other brands are bringing out… Although fans of Ducati will be pleased to hear that its ‘live premiere’ will be this Wednesday and you can watch it, er, live!
While we’re talking about the Italian powerhouse, we thought we’d mention – Ducati UK is inviting all Ducati 916 owners to put their bike forward to be one of the 12 examples showcased on a dedicated stand at Motorcycle Live from 16-24 November. So, if you’ve got a 916, 996, or 998 then head to – https://www.ducatiukevents.co.uk/916mcnshow.htm – and fill out the form. Not got one? You can still look forward to seeing all the gleaming machines at the event!
That’s all for now folks – we’ll see you next week for Bike Devil’s Week on Two-Wheels!
Log on, Tune in, Ride out…