The FIM Superbike World Championship heads to Silverstone this weekend (02 – 04 August) and four of Britain’s home-grown World Superbike riders are counting down the days until they go head-to-head with some of the best riders in the world, in front of a passionate crowd.
Ahead of the weekend’s race action there will be a free autograph session in the Silverstone National Paddock on Thursday (01 August). The ‘Paddock Show’, providing fans with an opportunity to meet and hear from their World Superbike heroes, will be open to all from 14:00hrs. Families will then be able to make the most of Silverstone’s kids go free policy* (for children aged 15 and under) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
With plenty of overtaking guaranteed, Silverstone’s fast and flowing Grand Prix Circuit is loved by the riders. Four of Britain’s World Superbike riders have been offering their thoughts ahead of their home race:
Chaz Davies (aged 26; born in Knighton, Powys): After a promising debut season in 2012, Davies has proven his capability with consistently strong performances, the highlight being a double victory at Aragón in April. Looking to add another strong result at Silverstone, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK rider said: “I’m looking forward to Silverstone very much. It’s a circuit with a unique set of challenges because it is so fast and open, a little bit like the old Brno circuit, with some of the fastest corners in the world. Add to that the fact that the weather has been fantastic, the race falls right in the Summer, there are five British riders in with a chance of winning a race at Silverstone and that the British fans are the most passionate you could ever ask for - we have a very exciting weekend in store.”
Jonathan Rea (aged 26; born in Larne, N. Ireland): Rea, who has three podiums so far this year, will be looking to add to that tally at Silverstone. The Pata Honda World Superbike Team rider said: "I've had mixed results at Silverstone in the past. I've had some great races there and I particularly remember a couple of second places in 2010, which I really enjoyed. We struggled a bit last year, but it's a nice circuit to ride. The modifications made to the track in recent years have made it better but I'll attack it the same way I attack every other circuit. Of course, being a second British round, it's always good to see a lot of friendly faces there.”
Leon Camier (aged 26; born in Ashford, Kent): now in his fifth year of World Superbikes, Camier is looking forward to his fourth year of racing on Silverstone’s world famous Grand Prix Circuit. The Fixi Crescent Suzuki rider said: “I’m really looking forward to going to Silverstone and racing in front of my home fans on my FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R. I’ve had a lot of success there in the past – I won the British Superbike Championship at Silverstone – and I’ve had a few podiums there in World Superbikes. Last year we set the best lap throughout the whole weekend, but sadly the races didn’t go to plan, although we were very strong until I crashed in the first race! The bike is improving with every race, so hopefully we’ll be able to give the British fans something to cheer about.”
Leon Haslam (aged 30; born in Smalley, Derbyshire): Haslam is currently fifteenth in the championship with a best finish of seventh place in Race One at Phillip Island. Haslam broke his leg at Assen, but has recovered well and will be keen to perform on a circuit he knows well. The Pata Honda World Superbike team rider said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to Silverstone. Last year, I was leading one race and we all got caught out on slick tyres while it was wet, which made it interesting! This year will be special for me though because I missed my home race at Donington Park earlier in the season through injury. Silverstone will be the only chance I get to ride in front of the British fans this year, so I hope as many as possible can come along and cheer us on.”
In addition to the two World Superbike races on Sunday (04 August), there are a host of support races to look forward to, and while away from the circuit, fans can enjoy off-track entertainment in the trade and manufacturer hub.
Advance tickets start from just £20, available until 17:00hrs on Wednesday 31 July. Tickets will then be available on the gate. Paddock and Pit Lane passes also available to purchase in advance.
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* 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.
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