2016 Recap of SBS Friction A/S Racing Success

Twenty SBS riders win more than 60 championships during the season

Stefano Mesa on championship podium
Stefano Mesa was among the racers who represented SBS with a podium finish.Photography by Lisa Theobald

As the year comes to a close, there have been many companies who have had successful 2016 seasons and SBS Friction had its share of dominating the tracks. SBS had 20 riders pull down an amazing 60+ Championships during the season, with Gary Virgin winning 16 WERA Championships alone. In addition, 11 racers won more than one Championship and 7 Championships were won on American built Buell and EBR motorcycles.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Jackson Blackmon won the Yamaha R3 Cup and Ashton Yates came in second
  • Mark Heckles won the ASRA Sportbike Championship
  • Brad Burns won two WERA National Championships
  • Geoff May, Stefano Mesa, Drew Jankord, Chris Broome, Stephen Tsotsoros and Rayce Christiansen all won four or more Championships
  • Geoff May took pole position and finished second in the Daytona 200
  • Stefano Mesa won the CCS Florida overall #1 plate for the third year in a row
  • Travis Wyman finished third in Moto America Superstock 600
  • AMA Pro Flat Track, Jake Johnson finished fourth in the GNC1 class and Tristan Avery third in GNC2

Chris Jensen, SBS North American Market Manager states: “What a year. We are so proud of our racers and teams and I personally was able to witness so much success in person during the season as we provided support to propel our riders to victory time and time again. See you next year on the podium!"