Aussie ace Billy McConnell will remain with the OMG Racing British Superbike team in the 2020 National Superstock 1000 championship as he lines up a title charge after recovering from an injury-hampered 2019.
The 33-year-old was a serious championship contender in 2018, just being missing out at the final round. After moving to OMG for the 2019 season, the fan-favourite suffered plenty of misfortune; including a burst appendix at Oulton Park which ruled him out for almost half of the Superstock 1000 Championship. Despite this, McConnell returned to qualify in P4 on his return at Snetterton before following that up with pole position at Thruxton, which he converted to his first podium of the season.
More of this to come in 2020?
After Luke Mossey sustained an injury in a high-speed crash during testing at Cadwell Park, McConnell was given the opportunity to return to the Superbike class in his place and he seized it with both hands with an impressive P10 in race two. However, his return to BSB was seemingly cut short the following round at Oulton Park after he suffered an unfortunate high-side at Britten’s, which resulted in a broken collarbone. His impressive Superbike showing was enough to convince OMG to move to three superbikes for the remainder of the season though, and he returned from injury at Donington Park.
‘Skippy’ has vast amounts of experience across all classes of British racing. Since his debut in 2006, he’s racked up British Superbike podiums, Supersport and Superstock race wins, and in 2014 he collected the British Supersport Championship.
And McConnell is looking forward to mounting another serious title challenge in 2020 after an injury-blighted 2019;
Billy McConnell – OMG Racing
National Superstock 1000 Championship
“I’m really excited to be back with the OMG Racing family for 2020, they’ve been amazing since I joined last year and there’s a huge amount of love and respect for everyone in the team. I’m looking forward to having another shot at the National Superstock 1000 Championship on the new BMW S1000RR, what can I say – It’s going to be a weapon!
I’ve got the winter now to get fit and shake off the last few issues from my illness and injuries in 2019, I can put those behind me and move on to what should be a really competitive title battle next season.”
Team Principal Paul Curran hailed the Australian’s professionalism and positive impact on team morale throughout the season ahead of the 2020 National Superstock 1000 title battle;
Paul Curran, OMG Racing Team Principal
We’re thrilled to retain Billy for the 2020 season and to announce that he’ll be back on a Superstock 1000 bike. Despite a difficult 2019 he was always upbeat and his positivity really rubs off on the team, he’s a fantastic guy to work with.
The new BMW should allow him to ride to his limits and really assert himself as one of the title contenders for the 2020 Championship. After his injuries last season, I think Billy feels like he has some unfinished business in the series and he’s proven he can beat the best at this level when he’s at full fitness.”
For OMG Founder Alan Gardner, keeping Billy for 2020 was a top priority.
Alan Gardner, OMG Racing Founder
“Billy is a phenomenal rider who can ride the wheels off anything that you put him on, so keeping him as part of the OMG family in 2020 was one of the easiest decisions I’ve had to make.
It was a tough 2019 for him and for us as a team around him, we all felt his disappointment at not being able to ride for almost half of the season because he just loves racing. We know that the whole OMG family will be delighted to hear that he’s staying with us in 2020!
I’ve got no doubt that 2020 will see Billy back at his tyre-smoking, race-winning best. And more importantly, we’ll see more of that smile!”
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