We’re excited to announce that OMG Racing will enter 3 Superbikes for the remainder of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, with Superstock 1000 rider Billy McConnell being offered the opportunity to showcase his ability on the new bike following an excellent return to the class at Cadwell Park.
Subject to his recovery from a broken collarbone sustained at Oulton Park, the fan-favourite Aussie will jump back onto the OMG Suzuki GSX-R1000R superbike at TT Circuit Assen ahead of Round 10. Should ‘Skippy’ not be fit for Assen, he will then instead climb aboard his new Superbike just two weeks later at Donington Park.
Former Supersport Champion McConnell joined OMG Racing at the beginning of the 2019 season to once again contest the National Superstock 1000 Championship, following a fantastic 2018 season in which he ended as runner-up. Unfortunately, shortly after coming P5 at Round 2, Billy was admitted to hospital with a burst appendix, which became infected and ruled him out until his return at Snetterton almost 2 months later. Upon his return the Aussie wasted no time getting back up to speed, with a P4 at Snetterton followed by a pole position and P3 at Thruxton.
After Luke Mossey suffered a broken leg in a crash at a test ahead of Round 8 at Cadwell Park, McConnell was given the chance to climb back on a superbike for the first time since 2017 and impressed with a 10th place finish despite limited running. He was again due to stand-in on the superbike at Oulton Park, but suffered the afore-mentioned broken collarbone during a crash at Britten’s chicane during free practice 2.
Since joining the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in 2018, relative newcomers OMG Racing have continually exceeded expectations. In 2019 alone the team has achieved their first BSB win in just a year after joining the series, their first pole position in the National Superstock 1000 championship, and experienced rider Luke Mossey still leads the way for Suzuki riders in the British Superbike standings.
Billy McConnell – OMG Racing
Bennetts British Superbike Championship
“I’m really looking forward to riding the superbike for the rest of the year, shame it didn’t go to plan at Oulton Park with me having an off that unfortunately broke my collarbone. You’ve really got to be in good shape to muscle a superbike around, I’ve just had the break plated so hopefully I’ll be ready to ride at Assen, but if not then it’s great to know I’ve got some more opportunities on the bike this season.
Big thanks to the OMG team for believing in me and giving me the opportunity, especially after so long off the stock bike with my appendix earlier this year. For now, it’s just about taking it step by step and definitely trying to mix it up when I’m fixed up.
I really enjoyed riding at Cadwell Park and hopefully I can have a few more rides like that before the end of this season.”
Team Principal Paul Curran is looking forward to the challenge of managing 3 British Superbikes for the remainder of the season;
Paul Curran, OMG Racing Team Principal
“It’s very exciting to announce our decision to move to 3 superbikes, which obviously presents a great opportunity for Billy to ride the superbike some more and for us to assess him over a longer period. Billy’s attitude has been phenomenal since he joined the team, despite his health setbacks keeping him off a bike for a lot of this year.
Since climbing back on the bike at Snetterton, we’ve seen the Billy we all know pushing himself to the limit and hungry to not only ride, but to compete and challenge at the sharp end. After he really took his chance on the superbike when standing in for Luke at Cadwell, he obviously had a bit of an off at Oulton but we knew in advance that we’d like to see what he can do for the rest of the season without reducing our presence on the grid.
3 Superbikes obviously brings its own challenges, but we’ve been working really well behind the scenes and everyone knows what’s expected, so we’re confident we can make the addition with as little disruption as possible. For now, the focus is on making sure all three bikes are ready to make the trip to Assen in case Billy is able to ride.
OMG Founder Alan Gardner opened up about his desire to run 3 bikes in the series and how McConnell’s attitude and enthusiasm won him over;
Alan Gardner, OMG Racing Founder
“We always like to stand out and do things differently at OMG, and to bring a third superbike into the mix is something we’ve been mulling over for a while. Luckily for him (and perhaps less lucky for my wallet), Billy timed his excellent ride at Cadwell just right and following his crash at Oulton Park, we didn’t feel it would be right to not give him a fair crack given his experience and determination to ride.
Since he joined the team, Billy’s always been a positive boost to the team with his antics. But his enthusiasm and hunger to get back on a bike after a really difficult year for him really blew us away. We have great confidence that if he stayed fit all year, he would have run Coopes close in the Superstock 1000 Championship. Running the third superbike not only allows us to continue developing our setup, but also provides a chance for him to show everyone what he’s capable of, and we know he won’t let us down!
There’s more news to come from OMG just around the corner, with plenty of exciting announcements to come between now and the start of next season. Make sure to follow the team on social media for all the latest updates, and to join the OMG Family yourself!