Smiths BMW has announced their 2019 rider line-up at the British Superbike day of the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC in Birmingham.
After a very successful 2018 both on roads and short circuits, Smiths BMW has retained Peter Hickman for 2019 and will be joined by James Ellison who remains in the British Superbike paddock for another year after contemplating leaving the paddock to head over to the USA to be with his family.
After a tough season with the Anvil Tag Hire Yamaha team, Ellison wasn’t prepared to leave the British paddock on such a poor year, signing with the BMW team in 2019.
On the over side of the garage, Hickman has had a strong season despite being hampered with sickness throughout the midpoint of the season.
Hickman has won races at the IOM TT, NW200, Ulster and Macau along with 2 BSB podiums despite spending the night in Hospital recovering from a serious infection.
Both Hickman and Ellison will be aiming podium results week in week out as they hope to end 2019 in the showdown and possibly British champion.
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