After taking the series by storm in the first round at Donnington where he claimed victory in both races, Ray has been a little inconsistent. In the proceeding two rounds he has had a good showing race one but dropped off the pace in race two; finishing seventh on both occasions.
Last year it was Byrne who was the dominant force at Snetterton, winning both races. In fact since 2013 Byrne has won all but two races at the Norfolk circuit. By contrast since his return to BSB in 2016 Haslams best result has been fourth.
With Byrne absent it will be left to Ulsterman Glenn Irwin to fly the flag for the Paul Bird Be Wiser Ducati team. He will be supported by younger brother Andrew who was previously contesting the World Supersport championship. It will be the 23-year-olds debut in BSB having previously won races in the Dickies British Supersport series where he finished runner up in 2017. Irwin senior is currently fifth in the championship with 59 points, 57 points behind series leader Haslam.
The current top six in the championship are the only riders to date to have finished on the podium in 2018.
Two riders especially keen to impress at Snetterton will be Mossey who has a best place finish of fifth so far this season and Jake Dixon on the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki who claimed his first podiums of the year at Oulton Park; finishing second and third. Snetterton represents home turf for both riders ensuring they will receive good support from the locals. One rider who is sure to receive a good reception is Smiths Racing BMW rider Peter Hickman, winner of the Isle of Man Senior TT and now IoM lap record holder.
British Superbikes 2018 current standings
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 115 points
- Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 101
- Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 98
- Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 63
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 59
- Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 55