Brake guards compulsory for all BSB classes

Brake guard on Burrell’s 2012 Buildbase BMW

An MCRCB bulletin has revealed a new rule across all of the classes run with British Superbikes stating that all machines must be equipped with “brake lever protection intended to protect the handlebar brake lever from being accidentally activated in the case of a collision with another motorcycle”.

Some riders had already been running with such protection however those that aren’t put themselves at risk of incidents like the one that contributed towards the end of Tommy Hill’s title chances – when a mechanic on the grid caught his brake guard as he was riding to his grid position – Tommy ended up on the floor (see video in Read More). Hill was relatively lucky as some incidents in other championships resulting from brake levers being accidentally activated have come with high cost, for example James Toseland had his brake lever activated by another machine in the first corner at Monza in World Superbikes 2010 sending him flying through a pack of 30 bikes as they entered one of the tightest hairpins in the world, injuring Toseland’s hand quite severely.

BSB bosses have also introduced changes to some flags to bring their rules in line with the FIM, probably due to racing at Assen and looking to branch further afield. BSB having different flags has caused confusion in the past, for example in 2008 when then BSB riders Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam wildcarded in the World Superbike championship at Donington Park losing podium positions for slowing down for a white flag with a red cross – in BSB, it meant safety car, in WSB, it meant “spots of rain on track”. Click “Read more” to read about the exact changes to flagging.

Yellow & Red Striped Flag
The adhesion on this section of track could be affected by any reason that is not rain.

White Flag, diagonal red cross
Drops of rain in this section of the track

White flag, diagonal red cross AND yellow & red striped flag
Rain at this section of track.

Red flag, diagonal white cross
Safety car.

A closer look at a brake lever protector

Tommy Hill’s start line crash at Assen, as a mechanic hits his brake lever. 
James Toseland’s incident was a little more scary… 

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