2022 was Bennetts British Superbike Championship’s biggest ever season with no less than 33 races across the 11 rounds and it again saw some superb racing with 10 different race winners before Bradley Ray eventually came out on top.
The Kent rider clinched his maiden BSB title in the opening race at the final round at Brands Hatch to conclude a superb season for the Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider. Nine wins and a total of 23 podiums were more than any other rider making him a deserved winner.
Three wins at the opening round and a double at the final enabled Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin to have his best ever BSB season whilst perennial bridesmaid Tommy Bridewell again had a strong year in third place overall on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati.
The McAMS Yamaha duo of Jason O’Halloran and 2021 champion Tarran Mackenzie took a total of 10 wins and 22 podiums between them but ultimately saw injuries derail their campaigns. On their day though, they were more than a match for similarly mounted Ray.
Lee Jackson deservedly took his first ever BSB wins on his way to a fine fourth place overall with Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki teammate Rory Skinner also a prominent front runner during the course of the season.
Ray’s teammate Kyle Ryde was another race winner as were Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW), who won the Rider’s Cup, and Danny Buchan (Synetiq BMW) with Tom Sykes being the tenth winner of the season after a double at Donington Park on the MCE Ducati.
2018 Champion Leon Haslam (VisionTrack Kawasaki) and Andrew Irwin (Synetiq BMW) were additional podium finishers although it proved to be a tough season for double Champion Josh Brookes on the second MCE Ducati as he finished in 14th overall.
33 races, 13 podiums sitters and 10 winners completed the 2022 championship but who was your BSN BSB Rider of the Year?