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04 Sep 2020 - 06 Sep 2020 04 Sep 2020 09:00:00 06 Sep 2020 18:00:00 Europe/London Bennetts British Superbike Championship This race meeting will take place behind closed doors. Silverstone Circuit

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Following approval from the governing body, the MCRCB, The Bennetts British Superbikes calendar has been revised and the Silverstone round originally planned for 10 – 12 April has now been rescheduled and will be a triple header event, taking place on 4 – 6 September.  The regular supporting championships consisting of the Quattro Group British Supersport/GP2, British Talent Cup, Pirelli National Superstock, HEL Performance Junior Supersport, Ducati TriOptions Cup and Molson Group British Sidecars will also feature across the revised calendar of events.

Current Government guidance for Coronavirus only allows us to hold our events ‘behind closed doors’ and as I’m sure you will appreciate, the welfare of everyone involved in putting on the race meeting including teams, support personnel, marshals and Silverstone team is our priority, so the Series Organisers and Silverstone have made the difficult decision to run this event without spectators.

Introduction to the Bennetts British Superbike Championship

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) continues to assert itself as the greatest domestic bike series in the world, and a producer of some of the sport’s hottest properties.

BSB is famed for its close, dramatic racing and bikes average more than 200bhp and are capable of reaching 200mph. A control tyre (Pirelli) and tightly managed regulations ensures the grid is evenly matched with battles throughout the field. Riders battle wheel to wheel at speeds of up to 200mph and frequently lose control as they push to the limit.

BSB has a huge following of fans who follow the championship around the UK, and that is a testament to the teams and riders who push themselves and their bikes to the limit, whilst never forgetting that they’re racing to entertain the massive crowds at the circuits. MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) acquired the organisational and commercial rights to BSB in 2008, and the series has benefitted massively from the company’s expertise and careful judgement. BSB is now a globally recognised brand, broadcast live throughout Europe, Asia and America, with some of the world’s best riders and most prestigious manufacturers. And, above all, it’s possibly the most thrilling spectator sport on the planet!

The British Superbike Championship began in 1988, with bikes conforming to 750cc TT Formula I regulations, which the championship used through to 1993, when Superbike regulations were adopted. Niall Mackenzie was the most successful rider of the 1990s, with three titles. Other past champions include Neil Hodgson, Australian Troy Bayliss and Steve Hislop. Chris ‘the Stalker’ Walker has finished as runner up 4 times. Many riders from the series have gone on to race in the Superbike World Championship or MotoGP.

The 2006 British Superbike Championship was won by Ryuichi Kiyonari, in what was one of the most exciting climaxes to a British Superbike season in years. Kiyonari fought off the challenge of Ducati powered Leon Haslam and Gregorio Lavilla at the final round in Brands Hatch in front of a capacity crowd and a reported 1.5 million live TV viewers, with Kiyonari and Haslam each winning one race, and Lavilla crashing and having an engine problem in both races.

The 2009 British Superbike Championship was mainly dominated by the Yamaha of Leon Camier who set a new record of 14 race wins in a season at event eight of twelve, such was his domination of the championship, beating the previous record of 13 by Niall Mackenzie in the 1997 season. Guintoli, Brookes and Richards all missed races, allowing Stuart Easton of Hydrex Honda and Simon Andrews of MSS Colchester Kawasaki to challenge. It was claimed that BSB was the biggest supported British racing series. During 2009, 368,000 people attended BSB events across the country and 8,000,000 fans watched 310 hours of television on the live Eurosport and delayed ITV coverage.

For 2010, the Privateers cup was replaced by the Evolution Class. MSVR stated that “It will be open to anyone in the series from the official manufacturer-backed teams through to independent entries and will allow homologated machines with full Superbike racing rolling chassis to retain the very important visual impression but engines will have to be built to very stringent “Stock” regulations. Along with standard engines a series specified control ECU device that eliminates any form of traction control, launch control and anti-wheelie devices will be compulsory”.

Qualifying was also altered, with the “Roll for Pole” only setting the grid for race one of each weekend. This is due to the race two grid being set by the fastest laps of each rider in race one. Also introduced is a “second chance” system if a rider crashes on lap one, that rider will only drop eight places from where they started the first race. At the pair of triple-race meetings, the same rules apply for race two, but will also be applied for race three.

Perhaps the biggest rule change was the dividing of the championship into two parts, similar to the system used in three automobile racing series in the United States — the United Speed Alliance Four Champions Playoff, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Sprint Cup, and National Hot Rod Association’s Countdown to the Championship.

The first nine meetings (20 races) form the “Main Season” of the championship, before the final three meetings (seven races) make up “The Showdown”. The championship change has been introduced after Leon Camier clinched the 2009 title with four races to spare, thus introducing a crescendo of competition.

The normal FIM point-scoring system still applies, with 25 for the winner and a single point for 15th. At the end of the Main Season, all riders then drop their two worst scores, which must be from events they have at least qualified for. From this points order, the first six riders in the championship standings will be elevated to a new base level and become the Title Fighters for the final three events and seven races of the championship.

Each Title Fighter will start The Showdown with 500 points, plus additional points for each podium position they have obtained in the Main Season; 3 for a win, 2 for a second, and 1 for a third, termed “Podium Credits”. Using the first nineteen races of Camier’s 2009 campaign, Camier would have had 547 points due to his fifteen wins and a second place out of the first nineteen races of the season.

The standard points scoring format from the Main Season then continues for The Showdown, with all points scores from the final seven races counting. All riders outside of the Title Fighters continue to race for the BSB Riders’ Cup, continuing to add to their points total from the end of the Main Season. This also applies to the new Evolution class.
For the 2012 season, MSVR announced a number of changes to the technical regulations to enhance the spectacle and competitiveness of the British Superbike Championship, these regulations remain in place today.

 

Support Races

  • British Supersport Championship and British GP2
  • British Talent Cup (Moto3)
  • British Junior Supersport Championship
  • Pirelli National Superstock 1000 in association with Black Horse
  • Pirelli National Superstock 600 in association with Black Horse
  • Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup
 

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This race meeting will now take place behind closed doors. There will be no entertainment alongside the race.

FAQS

  • Can i attend this event?

    Along with other motorsport events taking place in the UK during this period, this race meeting will be held ‘behind closed doors’ in line with the government’s current guidelines regarding the hosting of sporting fixtures.

    This means that, unfortunately, spectators will not be allowed to attend the race meeting.

  • What happens to my ticket?

    We have contacted all ticket holders of this event by email to provide an update.

    As advised in the email, please wait to be contacted by our team regarding your booking. We aim to get back in touch by email in the next few weeks. As you can imagine we’re dealing with a high volume of enquiries at the moment, but be assured we’re working tirelessly to contact everyone as soon as we possibly can.

    Thank you for your patience while we put these processes in place.

     

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