Regardless of whether you’re a fan of MotoGP, British Superbikes or World Superbikes, 2015 has been an awesome year! From opening round tensions through to last-gasp dramas, this year’s racing calendar has been filled with more thrills, spills and high-octane racing than ever before – so it’s hardly surprising that we’ve loved watching every second of it!
Kick-starting our review of the 2015 racing season, let’s start by taking a look at the events that unfolded during this year’s World Superbikes campaign.
In a season dominated by one man, it soon became apparent from as early as April that this was going to be the year of Jonathan Rea and Team Kawasaki.
Claiming double wins in three of the opening five races, towards the back end of the season it was starting to look as though the Northern Irishman was going to secure a new record points total on his way to victory. However, thanks to some awesome racing from the likes of Chaz Davies, Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes, Rea was forced to settle for a monstrous total of 548 points at the top of the leader board – which, as we’re sure you’ll all agree, isn’t too shabby at all!
Moving back to home soil, this year’s British Superbike Championship was every bit as thrilling as its big brother. With Shakey Byrne hotly tipped to make it championship title number four back in March, it didn’t take long until the British fan-favourite found that before any hopes of a title could be realised, he would first have to find a way of beating the awesome Australian that is Josh Brookes.
Claiming consecutive victories in round six, seven and eight, Brookes soared to the top of the championship, however, the Aussie-ace was forced to wait until the season’s final event at Brands Hatch before he could officially claim his first ever championship crown, having been chased all the way by a tenacious Byrne!
Saving the best until last, this year’s MotoGP had it all. From teammate squabbling through to racing collisions, just like the British Superbikes, this year’s championship went right down to the wire.
With last year’s champion Marc Márquez out of the running with two races to go, the battle for the top spot between teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo erupted in one of the most dramatic fashions ever witnessed in MotoGP’s history.
During the season’s penultimate event in Malaysia, Rossi found himself battling ferociously with Marquez in a bid to secure third position behind Lorenzo and Pedrosa. Following this heated exchange, Rossi was later adjudged to have kicked Márquez from his bike – an incident that saw the Spanish rider tumbling down the track before landing Rossi with a penalty that would eventually decide the season.
Being forced to start from the back of the grid in Valencia, Rossi could only manage to secure fourth position – and given Lorenzo’s pace at the front of the pack, the world-famous Italian was forced to concede defeat while his Yamaha teammate revelled in victory.
Across all three championships, 2015 has arguably been one of the best in terms of excitement, thrills and nail-biting drama. And with testing already underway for next year’s season, it’s already shaping up to be another great year for the high-speed world of motorcycle racing!
More of the same in 2016? Right you are– we’ll see you there!