2008 British Superbike Championship season

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2008 British Superbike season
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Support series:
British Supersport Championship
Superstock 1000
Superstock 600
British 125 Championship

The 2008 British Superbike Championship season was scheduled to begin on April 6, 2008, however snow at Brands Hatch forced the abandonment of the day's races, which were later rescheduled.[1] The series was rescheduled to start on April 20 and end on October 12, 2008. Starting with this season the championship will have a single tyre supplier. Pirelli beat Dunlop to sign a 3 year deal.[2] For the 2008 season the engine configuration regulations have been changed in parallel with those of the World Superbike Championship, to permit the racing of 1200 cc V-twins against 1000 cc four-cylinder machines.[3]

Calendar[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Rider Winning Team
- R1 EnglandBrands Hatch GP April 6 EnglandShane Byrne1 Abandoned
took place May 11.
2
R2
1 R1 EnglandThruxton April 20 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandCal Crutchlow EnglandCal Crutchlow HM Plant Honda
2 R1 England Oulton Park May 5 EnglandCal Crutchlow EnglandCal Crutchlow EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
3 R1 EnglandBrands Hatch GP May 11 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandCal Crutchlow HM Plant Honda
4 R1 EnglandDonington Park May 26 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
5 R1 England Snetterton June 15 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandLeon Camier EnglandLeon Camier Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
6 R1 EnglandMallory Park June 29 EnglandTom Sykes EnglandTom Sykes EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandCal Crutchlow EnglandMichael Rutter NW 200 Ducati
7 R1 EnglandOulton Park July 20 EnglandCal Crutchlow EnglandTom Sykes EnglandTom Sykes Rizla Suzuki
R2 EnglandTom Sykes EnglandTom Sykes Rizla Suzuki
8 R1 ScotlandKnockhill August 10 EnglandLeon Haslam Northern IrelandMichael Laverty EnglandTom Sykes Rizla Suzuki
R2 EnglandLeon Haslam EnglandLeon Haslam HM Plant Honda
9 R1 England Cadwell Park August 25 EnglandTom Sykes EnglandTom Sykes EnglandLeon Haslam HM Plant Honda
R2 EnglandLeon Haslam EnglandLeon Haslam HM Plant Honda
10 R1 England Croft September 14 EnglandCal Crutchlow EnglandShane Byrne EnglandLeon Camier Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandLeon Haslam HM Plant Honda
11 R1 England Silverstone International September 28 EnglandCal Crutchlow EnglandLeon Haslam EnglandLeon Camier Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandLeon Haslam HM Plant Honda
12 R1 EnglandBrands Hatch Indy October 12 EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati
R2 EnglandLeon Haslam EnglandShane Byrne Airwaves Ducati

Notes:

1.^ – The qualifying results from the original meeting were carryed forward to the rechduled meeting.
2.^ – The opening meeting at Brand Hatch GP was cancelled due to heavy snow fall on the Sunday, the meeting was reschduled for May 11 [4]

Entry List[edit]

2008 Entry List[5]
Team Bike No Riders Class Rounds
Airwaves Ducati Ducati 1098R 2 England Leon Camier [6] 1-6, 8-12
67 England Shane Byrne [7] 1-12
MSS Discovery Kawasaki Kawasaki ZXR1000 3 Scotland Stuart Easton[8] 1-4, 9-12
8 Australia Billy McConnell [9] 1-12
86 England James Haydon* [10] 6-7
Relentless Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 4 Republic of Ireland Michael Laverty[11] 1-12
Rob Mac Racing Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 5 England Karl Harris [12] 1-2, 4-11
Hawk Kawasaki Kawasaki ZXR1000 6 England James Haydon* [10]
88 England Scott Smart 1-12
Bike Animal Honda Honda CBR1000RR 9 England Guy Martin 1-3, 5-12
7 England James Ellison 1-8, 10-12
SMT Honda Honda CBR1000RR 11 England Adam Jenkinson
Rizla Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 14 Japan Atsushi Watanabe 1-12
66 England Tom Sykes 1-12
British Jentin Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 17 England Simon Andrews 1-12
Hardinge Honda Honda CBR1000RR 21 England Tom Tunstall C
AIM Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 22 England Steve Plater [13] 2
Tena for Men Honda Honda CBR1000RR 27 England Tristan Palmer [14] 1-12
33 England Michael Howarth [15] C
Holdtight Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 31 England Nick Pusey C
HM Plant Honda Honda CBR1000RR 35 England Cal Crutchlow[16] 1-12
91 England Leon Haslam [16] 1-12
Riders Honda Honda CBR1000RR 40 England Martin Jessopp C
Bike Shop Faversham Yamaha YZF-R1 44 England Steve Mercer C
PDM Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 51 England Luke Quigley C
MV Agusta MV F4312 53 England Chris Burns C
Quay Honda Honda CBR1000RR 56 England James Buckingham C
Red Viper Honda Honda CBR1000RR 64 England Aaron Zanotti [17]
PR Branson Honda Honda CBR1000RR 68 Australia David Johnson
TAG Honda MAC Racing Honda CBR1000RR 99 England Brian McCormack C
MAR ARP Kawasaki Kawasaki ZXR1000 111 England Malcolm Ashley C
Co-ordit Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 118 England Dean Ellison C
North West 200 Ducati Ducati 1098R 200 England Michael Rutter [18]
Icon Class
C Privateers Cup
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

Support Races[edit]

  • Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship: Winner - Glen Richards [19]
  • Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship: Winner - Steve Brogan [20]
  • Metzeler Junior Superstock 600 Championship: Winner - Lee Johnson
  • Henderson Yamaha R1 Cup: Winner - Jon Kirkham [21]
  • British 125 GP Championship: Winner - Matthew Hoyle
  • KTM 990 Super Duke Challenge: Winner - David Wood

Season standings[edit]

Riders Standings[edit]

Pos Rider Bike THR
England
OUL
England
BHGP
England
DON
England
SNE
England
MAL
England
OUL
England
KNO
Scotland
CAD
England
CRO
England
SIL
England
BHI
England
Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1 England Shane Byrne Ducati 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 3 2 Ret 3 3 5 4 3 2 1 1 474
2 England Leon Haslam Honda 4 Ret 2 DSQ 4 6 2 2 5 5 2 6 4 4 Ret 1 1 1 2 1 11 1 4 2 357
3 England Cal Crutchlow Honda 2 1 6 Ret 3 1 6 3 4 3 3 3 6 2 Ret 7 5 13 4 3 2 Ret 2 4 318
4 England Tom Sykes Suzuki 6 8 5 Ret 2 Ret 3 6 3 7 4 4 1 1 1 4 2 2 3 2 DSQ 3 6 Ret 316
5 England Leon Camier Ducati 5 4 3 3 5 3 5 4 1 2 Ret 8 5 8 4 4 1 5 1 4 5 3 306
6 England Michael Rutter Ducati 3 3 4 6 Ret 5 8 8 9 4 Ret 1 7 11 4 2 6 5 6 6 4 7 7 6 256
7 England James Ellison Honda 7 7 8 2 6 8 4 5 7 10 5 11 2 5 3 5 9 7 Ret 6 3 5 230
8 England Simon Andrews Yamaha 8 Ret Ret 7 9 Ret 10 9 10 8 7 7 5 6 8 6 7 6 10 9 5 8 8 7 176
9 Northern Ireland Michael Laverty Suzuki 10 5 7 4 Ret 4 9 Ret 6 6 11 Ret 9 7 6 21 8 9 7 10 Ret 15 Ret Ret 141
10 England Tristan Palmer Honda 13 13 9 11 10 11 12 14 13 9 8 9 28 12 9 12 11 12 14 14 6 12 10 13 111
11 England Karl Harris Yamaha Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 7 8 Ret Ret 5 26 9 7 3 Ret 10 8 8 Ret 5 DNS DNS 102
12 Australia Billy McConnell Kawasaki 14 10 Ret 10 8 9 Ret Ret 11 11 6 16 8 10 Ret 9 12 24 17 Ret 10 9 12 Ret 91
13 Scotland Stuart Easton Kawasaki 9 6 10 5 7 7 11 11 Ret 14 15 13 8 11 Ret Ret 81
14 England Scott Smart Kawasaki 16 12 11 8 11 10 15 12 Ret Ret Ret 10 11 8 Ret 13 13 8 13 Ret Ret Ret 21 20 69
15 Japan Atsushi Watanabe Suzuki 17 14 13 9 12 Ret 17 13 12 20 9 20 13 17 Ret 15 9 7 12 12 9 Ret 14 14 69
16 England Gary Mason Honda 18 10 14 12 13 23 Ret 14 10 17 10 Ret 11 11 DSQ DSQ 11 9 51
17 Northern Ireland John Laverty Ducati 12 11 20 14 16 13 16 16 16 16 10 14 10 13 14 15 16 16 13 21 13 8 49
18 England Guy Martin Honda 15 9 12 Ret 13 12 Ret Ret 16 17 Ret 18 Ret 14 15 11 18 Ret Ret Ret 16 15 28
19 Australia Jason O'Halloran Honda Ret 15 7 10 15 12 21
20 England Chris Burns MV Agusta 18 Ret 16 18 14 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 Ret Ret 15 10 16 17 19 Ret 13 Ret 21 11 21
21 Australia David Johnson Honda 19 Ret 17 16 Ret 16 Ret Ret 18 14 12 12 Ret Ret 13 DNS Ret 16 20 17 12 14 19 Ret 21
22 England Jon Kirkham Yamaha 9 10 13
23 England Steve Mercer Yamaha 20 Ret 15 Ret 10
Kawasaki 12 11
24 England Tom Grant Honda Ret 16 13 Ret 15 19 10
25 England Dean Ellison Yamaha 21 15 Ret Ret 14 15 17 15 14 18 14 16 Ret 19 Ret DNS 9
26 England James Haydon Kawasaki Ret 15 12 15 19 DNS 6
27 England Sean Emmett Yamaha 11 Ret 5
Honda Ret DNS
28 England Steve Plater Yamaha Ret 12 4
29 England Marshall Neill Honda 15 13 4
30 England Martin Jessopp Honda 25 16 23 18 15 17 22 21 17 22 16 20 14 16 17 18 21 20 15 17 18 18 4
31 England Luke Quigley Suzuki 28 Ret 18 14 Ret 15 Ret 18 3
32 England Aaron Zanotti Honda 22 19 21 Ret 19 14 Ret Ret 19 17 18 19 24 19 17 23 22 22 2
33 England Peter Hickman Honda 14 16 25 16 2
England Tom Tunstall Honda 26 18 14 21 Ret 18 19 17 21 18 19 21 17 23 18 20 19 19 22 18 17 19 23 19 0
England Malcolm Ashley Kawasaki 23 17 19 22 Ret Ret 20 DNS 24 22 0
England James Buckingham Honda 24 20 22 20 Ret DNS 0
England Leon Morris Ducati 27 21 17 24 DNS 20 20 19 20 19 Ret Ret 16 Ret 21 21 18 21 Ret 20 0
England Michael Howarth Honda 23 22 Ret 23 18 19 21 21 20 26 20 18 Ret 23 23 Ret 0
Republic of Ireland Brain McCormack Honda Ret 23 0
Australia Shannon Etheridge Kawasaki Ret 20 Ret 22 Ret 22 19 22 20 20 Ret 19 19 20 17 17 0
Scotland Dan Stewart Honda 23 21 16 18 0
England Howie Mainwaring Suzuki Ret DNS 0
England Francis Williamson Ducati Ret 25 20 22 Ret Ret 0
England Kenny Gilbertson Kawasaki Ret DNS Ret DNS 18 DNS 0
England Victor Cox Yamaha 18 Ret 0
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest Lap

Privateers Cup[edit]

2008 Final Privateers Cup Standings [22]
Pos Rider Bike THR
England
OUL
England
BHGP
England
DON
England
SNE
England
MAL
England
OUL
England
KNO
Scotland
CAD
England
CRO
England
SIL
England
BHI
England
Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1 Northern Ireland John Laverty Ducati 12 11 20 14 16 13 16 16 16 16 10 14 10 13 14 15 16 16 13 21 13 8 469
2 England Martin Jessopp Honda 25 16 23 18 15 17 22 21 17 22 16 20 14 16 17 18 21 20 15 17 18 18 328
3 England Gary Mason Honda 18 10 14 12 13 23 Ret 14 10 17 10 Ret 11 11 DSQ DSQ 11 9 307
4 England Tom Tunstall Honda 26 18 14 21 Ret 18 19 17 21 18 19 21 17 23 18 20 19 19 22 18 17 19 23 19 283
5 England Chris Burns MV Agusta 18 Ret 16 18 14 Ret Ret Ret 15 13 Ret Ret 15 10 16 17 19 Ret 13 Ret 21 11 267
6 England Leon Morris Ducati 27 21 17 24 DNS 20 20 19 20 19 Ret Ret 16 Ret 21 21 18 21 Ret 20 165
7 Australia Shannon Etheridge Kawasaki Ret 20 Ret 22 Ret 22 19 22 20 20 Ret 19 19 20 17 17 134
8 England Michael Howarth Honda 23 22 Ret 23 18 19 21 21 20 26 20 18 Ret 23 23 Ret 127
9 England Malcolm Ashley Kawasaki 23 17 19 22 Ret Ret 20 DNS 24 22 75
10 England Luke Quigley Suzuki 28 Ret 18 14 Ret 15 Ret 18 73
11 Scotland Dan Stewart Honda 23 21 16 18 58
12 England James Buckingham Honda 24 20 22 20 Ret DNS 42
13 England Steve Mercer Yamaha 20 Ret 15 Ret 41
Kawasaki 12 11
14 England Francis Williamson Ducati Ret 25 20 22 Ret Ret 27
15 England Kenny Gilbertson Kawasaki Ret DNS Ret DNS 18 DNS 11
16 England Victor Cox Yamaha 18 Ret 10
17 Republic of Ireland Brian McCormack Honda Ret 23 8

John Laverty won the Cup class on his Buildbase NW200 Ducati.[23]

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