In the first part of this 2 part series, we looked at the rookies who have filled the ‘factory’ seats. In this 2nd and final part, we take a look at who else is on the grid for the first time in 2019.
After a rough patch for the OMG Suzuki team, losing Gino Rea despite re-signing, Josh Elliott will make his debut full season despite impressing in a few rounds towards the end of 2018.
Elliott competed for the OMG Racing team in the 2018 National Superstock 1000cc championship winning races and finishing on the podium regularly.
Josh then jumped up onto the Superbike for the final 2 races of the season partnering Gino Rea at Assen and Brands Hatch.
How can Josh Elliott do in his first full season on the Superbike?
Joe Francis returns to Britain for 2019 after racing abroad throughout 2018.
Francis will ride for the PR Lloyd & Jones BMW team for 2019, a team that has had experience in the paddock running riders such as Jakub Smrz.
Like Josh Elliott, Francis also competed in some races throughout the end of 2018 but will make his full debut at Silverstone in April.
David Allingham and the EHA Racing team have stepped up onto the British Superbike scene after competing in the British Supersport championship throughout the last few seasons.
EHA Racing team will run alongside the CF Motorsport team, the team that ran Kyle Ryde throughout the first half of the season.
The D-Bomb has been busy testing his new R1 in Spain, how will the Irishman get on in 2019?
2019 see’s another rider coming from overseas to participate in the ever-expanding British Superbike class, Claudio Corti has been promoted into the British Superbike class with the WD40 Kawasaki team, the team the Italian impressed during his short time with them in the Superstock 1000cc class.
Claudio has a wealth of racing experience, competing in 23 MotoGP races, 46 Moto2 races, including a podium finish, and a further 21 races in the World Superbike championship. Corti will be out on track on his ZX10R in Spain in just over a months time.
Dean Hipwell moves up into the BSB class with CDH Racing after previously competing in both the Supersport and Superstock support series.
Hipwell was a regular top 15 runner throughout and has also claimed runner-up spots in the 125cc class and British Supersport cup.
After a number of years gaining experience in the British paddock, he’s now targeting the Superbike class in 2019. How will he get on in 2019? Find out here at NowMoto.
The final rookie on the grid in 2019 is Sam Coventry who is riding for Aaron Zanotti, Team 64, who retired at the end of 2018.
Sam started his racing career in 2004 competing in the motocross events with Portsmouth MX and Hants & Dorset MX clubs. A year later Sam started to Road-race with NGRRC on an Aprilia 125cc motorcycle before racing in EMRA and NGRRC.
In 2009 Sam ended the year in 2nd in the Junior Powerbike Championship before competing in 5 National Superstock races in 2010.
In 2011 Coventry competed in the CEV Spanish Championship where he finished in 12th place overall. A year later Sam jumped onto a Ducati 848 and finished 5th Overall.
A few years later Sam tried his hand at Supersport and finished 6th in EVO (missed 3 rounds due to injury) with 3 wins & many podiums. Sam remained in Supersport in 2016 before moving up into Superstock in 2017 and Ducati’s alongside the Superstock class in 2018.
Find out how Sam Coventry gets on with his new machine in the first test in March.
Find out how the rookies get on in their tests in Monteblanco and who will be the top rookie in 2019? Find out here at NowMoto and in our brand new Podcast throughout the year on our brand new Youtube Channel!
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