Winners And Losers In 2019

Winner

Scott Redding: Came back to Britain in 2019 to race in the British Superbike championship after spending the majority of his career in the MotoGP paddock. Scott took a bit of a gamble doing this. If he had failed to impress he would never have made it back onto the world scene. Hooking up with the PBM team was a vital component to his success though. Scott displayed an excellent attitude throughout his BSB campaign despite seriously injuring himself in the off-season. He was the deserving winner and was rewarded with the factory Ducati ride in WSB. It might take more than one season to achieve the title there but don’t bet against him.

Loser

James Ellison: Signed with the Smiths BMW team in BSB for 2019 and struggled to impress from the moment he got on the bike. James was once a BSB race winner but that was a couple of seasons ago now and decent results have been few and far between since then. He struggled to gain confidence with the new BMW and was eventually let go by the team after Thruxton. James had stints on the MV Augusta and OMG Suzuki to finish the season but failed to impress on either. Dogged by social media gossip regarding the breakup of his marriage and the once fan favourite of the mums and ladies who follow BSB was now seen (unfairly) as a bastard.

Winner

Fabio Quartararo: When he was picked for the MotoGP ride early last year the majority of the paddock and fans were in agreement that he had not earned his place. Having previously only taken one win in the Moto2 class, it was easy to overlook his natural talent. Seven podiums and six pole positions later; he has become the hottest property in the class (Marc Marquez aside). Few doubt he will take his first win in 2020 after a years experience in the class and also having re-signed with the same team. The only rider to consistently take it to Marquez this year, Fabio must have high hopes of at the very least, improving on his impressive 2019 debut in the premier division.

Loser

Danny Kent: Not too long ago Danny was our first GP world champion since Barry Sheene, having taken the honours in the 2015 Moto3 class. The move to Moto2 proved difficult and Danny seemed to have issues of his own making with regards to diplomacy within his respective teams. He returned briefly to Moto3 in 2017 but had obviously outgrown the class physically. Another aborted attempt at Moto2 followed in 2018 where he was teamed up with the aforementioned Fabio Quartararo in the Speed Up team. How far their paths diverged from there as Fabio headed to MotoGP to have an amazing season whilst Danny headed to Brands Hatch to ride the Halsall Suzuki in the last round of the series.

Two DNF’s and a 12th place in the final race at BSB did not set the paddock alight. He signed to ride the MV Augusta (Ex Leon Camier WSB bike) in BSB for 2019 but the team did not race until round six at Snetterton. They attended the next round at Thruxton but no points were scored. Then Kent was released from the ride and the news broke that he had been convicted on August 2019 and had received a four-month suspended prison sentence for carrying a knife in a public place during an altercation in March, 2019. Kent has announced he will be competing in the 2020 British Superbike paddock in the Superstock 1000 class. Unless he can regain the form he had shown earlier in his career it is unlikely he will be given another chance in the sport

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