Silverstone plays host to the penultimate round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on 05 – 06 October. With six riders still in the running to be crowned 2013 Champion, the Northamptonshire circuit is gearing up for a festival of superbike action and interactive off-track entertainment, including an open paddock and free Sunday Pit Walk for all ticket holders.
With just 40 points separating all six ‘Title Fighters’, and 50 crucial points up for grabs in the two BSB races at Silverstone, the on-track battle looks set to be fiercer than ever. With the previous round in Assen throwing up some spectacular racing and controversial results, the riders will be pushing hard around the famously fast 3.66-mile Grand Prix circuit, which offers plenty of overtaking opportunities.
Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) currently leads the championship, however, Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) is sitting right on Byrne’s tail, with just a single point between them. Lowes and Byrne finished first and second respectively in Race 1 at the previous round in Assen, but the two had a coming together in Race 2, resulting in Byrne crashing out and Lowes being retrospectively disqualified, having initially taken the chequered flag.
Bidding to become the most successful rider in the history of the championship by winning a fourth title, reigning champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) said: "Assen obviously didn't go completely according to the plan I had in my head, but myself and Alex have talked about it and he has apologised so we are all cool. We have had some great races this season, including the first one at Assen which is probably the best since Hill and Hopper in 2011, and we definitely have a few more to come before this season is done and dusted! I have been working hard since Assen with physio and training because I want to come out fighting at Silverstone - I am not giving up on that fourth title!
"Myself and Alex had a fantastic battle at Silverstone last season and there will be other riders to throw into the mix too. In BSB you just don't know who is going to be strong on any given weekend. The person I have to focus on is Alex; he is the closest one to me in the points which, of course, means he is the one I need to beat first. That is my plan of action at Silverstone and if I can do that and we work hard as a team, then fingers crossed we can go to that Brands Hatch place in Kent still leading.”
Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) is in a strong position heading into the Silverstone round, as he battles for his maiden championship title. He will be looking to bounce back from his disqualification in Assen: "I am feeling pretty good and ready for Silverstone and that is what we are focused on now. I feel confident as we have shown that we have the pace to win races and I think we will have some tough battles again at Silverstone. Myself and Shakey have had some awesome races and we know it will be close again at Silverstone. I can’t wait to get back there!”
In addition to the excitement of the British Superbike battles, the weekend guarantees non-stop action for fans heading to Silverstone. Support races include the penultimate round of the closely-fought Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championships, the Monster Energy British Motostar, the Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge, the Triumph Triple Challenge and the Eastern Airways British Sidecar Championship.
Away from the on track action, there are plenty of opportunities for fans of all ages to get up close to their favourite riders at Silverstone, with a free pit walk on Sunday and an open paddock for all ticket holders across the three days. With car parking and children’s admission both free of charge all weekend, it promises to be fantastic event for all the family.
Advance tickets for the Silverstone round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship start from just £13. Tickets are available at advance prices until 12 noon on Thursday 03 October. After this time they will be available at ‘on the gate’ prices. Children aged 15 years and under go free*.
* Free child tickets are for children aged 15 years and under at the time of the Event. Children using a child ticket must be accompanied by a full paying adult. Each full paying adult may bring up to a maximum of four children.