Before we bid a final farewell to the year that was 2023 and begin gazing ahead to the year that will be 2024, BSN looks back at the 2023 British Superbike Championship to bring you our rundown of the Top 10 BSB Riders of the Year.
Next up is Lee Jackson in sixth place…
|Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing
|2nd [Rd.7 - x2 Thruxton, Rd.9 - x2 Oulton Park]
You’d be forgiven for not realising, but Lee Jackson ended the 2023 BSB season right up there in fourth place overall. I know, we almost missed it too!
BSB’s resident ‘stealthy yet deadly’ assassin on a Ninja, a metronomic consistency was the hallmark of Jackson’s 2023 BSB campaign, so while there was no more race-winning silverware to go with his maiden triumphs in 2022, he was also the only rider to reach the chequered flag in all 33 races.
A strategy that works favourably with BSB’s new incremental Showdown points’ format, it ensured greater rewards to be reaped for simply keeping his Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki sunny side up as the season wore on.
Better still, Jackson’s results generally also improved as the year progressed, a slow-burner of a campaign that finally popped with return to the podium during Round 7 at Thruxton, a pair of seconds complemented by three more visits to the rostrum - all at Oulton Park - that would leapfrog him past the likes of Leon Haslam and Jason O’Halloran in the final reckoning.
A result made all the more notable by the Kawasaki ZX-10RR package appearing increasingly limpid against newer competition, while Jackson’s end result does somewhat flatter to deceive, it also makes the decision to part ways with FS-3 Racing after six years even more of a shame.
Still without a ride for 2024 at the time of writing*, it would be an injustice were Jackson unable to find a competitive ride next year.
*Jackson is rumoured to have signed a deal to ride the Hawk Racing Honda CBR1000RR-R in 2024…
BSN’s Top 10 BSB Riders of 2023
7 - Jason O’Halloran
8 - Charlie Nesbitt
9 - Josh Brookes
10 - Danny Kent