1996 MCN British Superbike Championship

Motorcycle racing in Great Britain had been a confusing sport in the early 1990s: several different championships running similar classes, lack of clarity over which one counted as the 'British Championship', and a TT Superbike class that still had to cater for British-built bikes not technically eligible for FIM competition. For 1996 the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board was established to unify the disparate championships and raise the profile of the British Championship. It was an immediate success, helped by the push for national television coverage of the new British Superbike Championship which brought with it well-funded sponsors for the leading teams. The class of the field were clearly the Cadbury's Boost Yamaha team of ex-Grand Prix rider Niall Mackenzie and World Superbike race-winner James Whitham who won 15 of the 22 races and took the championship fight right to the final race at Donington, where Whitham's win would have earned him the title had Mackenzie finished one position lower. The remainder of the races were won by Old Spice Ducati's Terry Rymer, whose standout performance came at Thruxton when he won the first race from last place on the grid.

DateRd.CircuitEvent NameData
1996-03-311Great Britain Donington ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-04-082Great Britain ThruxtonMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-05-063Great Britain Oulton ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-05-124Great Britain SnettertonMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-06-235Great Britain Brands Hatch (Indy)MCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-08-186Great Britain KnockhillMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-08-267Great Britain Cadwell ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-09-158Great Britain Mallory ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-09-299Great Britain Brands Hatch (Indy)MCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1996-10-1310Great Britain Donington ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!

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The following official data is currently missing:

1996-03-31 Donington Park: Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Race 1

1996-04-08 Thruxton: Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-05-06 Oulton Park: Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-05-12 Snetterton: Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Race 1

1996-06-23 Brands Hatch (Indy): Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-08-18 Knockhill: All sessions, Entry list

1996-08-26 Cadwell Park: Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Race 2

1996-09-15 Mallory Park: All sessions

1996-09-29 Brands Hatch (Indy): Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-10-13 Donington Park: Qualifying 2, Warm-Up, Race 2

Copies of any of this information would be greatly appreciated. If you have any additional information about this season's races or riders, please contact me!