Riders of 2014 MCE BSB...the rest
With only two weeks to go to the start of the MCE Insurance British Superbikes I thought it was about time I updated you with the full list of riders for 2014. I did a initial look back in January but we've had a lot more additions since then and the grid is now topped up to a massive 31 riders.
Return to the original article to get up to speed then follow on from here:
Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki
Lee Costello #39
After a 3 years in Superstock 1000s Lee made the move into the top flight last year with his ever growing team Halsall racing. The team focuses on nurturing talent and Lee is their number one rider. In his maiden year Lee impressed with results improving throughout the season culminating with a fairytale 2nd spot in the final weekend at Brands Hatch. This year he's back with the team he knows on a bike he knows, from here on in it's all about building on that podium and getting those top ten finishes.
Harry Hartley #50
The youngest ever rider to join the MCE BSB paddock. Harry's got bags of talent and ambition and Halsall have decided to give him the chance to show his worth and develop as a rider. He's got no expectations on himself so just wants to go out and do the best he can. After a year in stock 600s he'll certainly have some aggression so expect him to be mixing it up mid table.
Anvil Hire TAG racing Kawasaki
Mitchell Carr #35
The second rider joining the TAG team alongside Richard Cooper. First time in MCE BSB for the 2012 Australian Superstock Champion and he means business. The Aussie will have a lot of work to do much like Josh Waters did last year as he doesn't know the tracks but he feels he has a good team behind him to support his effort.
Micheal Rutter #11
The blade returns for another year in MCE BSB bringing his wealth of experience in road and short circuit racing. He's back with Bathams but on a new bike, the BMW. He's had a disappointing couple of years not being able to break the top 15 in the standings so he'll be looking to get back to the old days and bring in some podiums and potentially make the showdown.
Patric Muff #24
The Swiss rider is happy to be back in MCE BSB after a year away from racing. He knows the team well and is pleased with the package they've given him. He'll be aiming to get some top ten finishes.
RAF Reserves Honda
Simon Andrews #6
Andrews returns to MCE BSB after a couple of years away with injury, endurance racing and a bit of Superstock. He's back with the RAF reserves team who have made the move into the premier class. Andrews has been dogged by injury over the last few years and is due some good luck. His talent and determination give him his edge and he hopes to pick up some silverware throughout the season aboard the Honda Fireblade.
Barry Burrell #7
It was uncertain whether Team WD40 would be participating this year in MCE BSB as they planned to with Tommy Aquino, who tragically lost his life in a motocross training accident. But last minute they announced the signing of MCE BSB regular Barry Burrell. Burrell came into the season late last year for Quattro Plant taking over from Danny Buchan after some disappointing results from the youngster. This year he's back on a Kawasaki and aiming for his best season yet.
Aaron Zanotti #64
MCE BSB regular Zanotti returns once again aboard his Suzuki in the hope of making a dent on the grid. He claims they've made some real improvements to the bike and hope to be running further up the pack. With a much larger field this year Aaron will have a lot more riders to play with in the mid pack.
And that is it! Don't think we've got anymore late-comers but if we do I'll be sure to let you know! This year is looking set to be one of the best ever!
If you haven't yet make sure you get signed up to Club MCE if wanting round 1 experiences, closes on Sunday the 13th at midnight, then we'll be making the calls! Good luck and catch you trackside!
31.03.14 - Big Ed