The crucial Silverstone round of the ultra-competitive British Superbike Championship will be fought out over three 30-lap races on the shorter National Circuit.
The decision to use the shorter National Circuit rather than the full Grand Prix circuit has been taken to put aside potential concerns following the unfortunate decision taken to cancel the GoPro British Grand Prix MotoGP™ races in last weekend’s wet weather. The decision to change to the National Circuit was made following discussion between Silverstone, BSB organisers and governing body MCRCB.
The format for Silverstone will see three exciting 30-lap races held on the 1.64mile National Circuit which has previously been used for British and National Championship level motorcycle events and is currently used for the circuit’s annual British Touring Car Championship round.
With a lap time estimated to be less than 55 seconds and the usual frantic BSB action contained inside a more compact area, the spectacle for race fans is undoubtedly going to be one of the most exciting of the year as 90-laps of BSB action will unfold. With everything that is at stake for the final top six riders, the action at Silverstone is sure to be thrilling.
The original timetable issued for this event is largely unchanged. BSB Free Practice session lengths will be extended and all race lap distances will be changed to reflect the shorter lap length.
The three Bennetts BSB Championship races to decide this year’s six Title Fighters will now each be held over 30 laps race distance, offering fans unprecedented track action.
Silverstone’s Managing Director Stuart Pringle said: “I understand following the MotoGP™ cancellation this weekend there is an element of concern about the implications for BSB at Silverstone next week.
“We are conducting an investigation and have already engaged an independent track consultant for that purpose.
“To ensure a great weekend of racing, we have agreed with BSB and its governing body, the MCRCB, to use this as an opportunity to take a positive step and run BSB on the National Circuit for the first time. It will tighten the racing right up, be an incredibly exciting spectacle for the fans and be something very different for the championship.”