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British Superbikes Knockhill. 18 June 2017

The sun was out for most of the day which made a pleasant change from past visits and there was a good sized crowd as usual. Unfortunately due to injuries sustained in heavy crashes during practice Leon Haslam, Christian Iddon and Glen Irwin did not race in the MCE Superbike events.


james ellison wheelie

James Ellison pulling a wheelie at the end of morning warm up. Adding to his seemingly endless run of bad luck this season he slid off in Race 1 but finished second in Race 2


knockhill luke mossey

Luke Mossey left Knockhill leading the British Superbike Championship on 141 points, Leon Haslam second with 111 points


knockhill josh brookes

Josh Brookes in Race 1 just before he slid off at the hairpin.


knockhill Jake dixon

Jake Dixon after winning his first Superbike race - he was visibly shell shocked.


thomas strudwick crash

Scott Swann (45) and Sam Burman (54) pass Thomas Strudwick after falling at the hairpin. Thomas started the round in 2nd place of the championship but dropped to 3rd.



richard cooper bennets suzuki

Richard Cooper, Bennets Suzuki


mason law

Start line action - Mason Law, STAUFF Connect Academy Kawasaki


jordan weaving crashes

Jordan Weaving was another faller at the hairpin. Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship


niall mackenzie

Anglo Scottish Pro-Am Challenge winner Niall Mackenzie


suzuki merlin sidecar

On my way out I spotted this impressive road going Suzuki Hayabusa outfit with Merlin sidecar.

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British Superbikes Oulton Park 1 May 2017


bsb crowd at oulton park

The Bank Holiday Monday trip to Oulton Park, one of my favourite circuits, was a must and arriving at the circuit quite early it was obvious that this was going to be a big crowd. The day started overcast with some drizzle which left the track in a tricky, slippery condition for the morning warm up sessions. However the weather gradually improved with some good spells of sunshine and a dry track.
Unfortunately Bank Holiday events usually mean that theres going to be some pain leaving any circuit and you have to be prepared for that. I thought that I had a good "escape" strategy for the end of the day but in the end it took an hour to move about 10 car lengths as it had descending into the usual free for all. Fortunately I spotted that an exit route along the circuit itself had been opened behind me and I managed to squeeze thro the surrounding cars to reach it. Progress was steady and I came out the wrong side of the circuit but at least the traffic was moving and civilised.
Both superbike races were excellent, marred only by Leon Haslams spectacular high speed crash when he collided with Ellison whose McAMS Yamaha had developed a fault. Haslam who was following had no time to react and was fortunate to escape the resulting crash unhurt after his bike was destroyed. You also have to feel for Ellison who hasn't had the rub of the green so far this season.

peter hasler ducati 959
Walking around the paddock Peter Haslers bright 959 Ducati Panigale caught my eye

james Nagy kawasaki 600 after crash
James Nagy's Superstock Kawasaki 600 after a morning warm-up spill. Damage didn't look too bad and it was fixed in time for the race.

tommy bridewell Team WD-40 BSB
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10RR

jake dixon RAF kawasaki BSB
Jake Dixon, Royal Airforce Regular & Reserve Kawasaki ZX10RR

shaun winfield anvil hire tag racing BSB
Shaun Winfield, Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1

josh brookes anvil hire tag racing BSB
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1

james ellison McAMS yamaha BSB
James Ellison. McAMS Yamaha

bsb chicane
Superbikes at Brittens

Jason O'Halloran
Jason O'Halloran on the improving new Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2

leon haslamJG Speedfit Kawasaki
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki

sam burman Team WNT/Burman Racing KTM 250
Sam Burman, Team WNT / Burman Racing KTM250, Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.

burman, stacey and cook
Sam followed by Storm Stacey (great name!) and Max Cook

tom booth-amos
Tom Booth-Amos, Hel Performance British Motostar Championship leader, race winner and fastest lap.

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BSB Official Pre Season Test Day Donington Park 22nd March 2017


BSB spectators

I'd been looking forward to this for some time but the weather forecasts got worse as the day approached and sure enough it was a bitterly cold overcast day, rain developing during the morning. Despite the weather there was a surprisingly high attendance.
The first Superbike practice was a little thin on the ground with many riders missing the session in which defending champion Shakey Byrne was fastest. A number of riders were missing in the remaining two sessions, preferring not to risk the tricky conditions. Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes were fastest in the 2nd and 3rd sessions respectively with Iddon fastest overall with a best time of 1.42.674.
Despite the conditions it was good to see the season get underway but it also meant the times were meaningless and I'm no wiser as to who this years title contenders are likely to be!


Leon Haslam JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Leon Haslam - JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Glen Irwin Be Wiser Ducati

Glen Irwin - Be Wiser Ducati

Shaun Winfield Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha

Shaun Winfield - Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha

Classic Yamaha Livery

Classic Yamaha Livery

Michael Dunlop Bennetts Suzuki

Michael Dunlop - Bennetts Suzuki


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British Superbikes Cadwell Park. 28 August 2016

Ducati Trioptions paddock

August Bank Holiday and another round of British Superbikes at Cadwell Park, my local track. It's my favourite race series and track let down only by the scramble to escape the car park at the end of the day. It wasn't too bad this year I managed the 50 yards or so in a little over half an hour.


Michael Laverty BMW
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW during practice.

Christian Iddon BMW crash
Lavertys teammate Christian Iddon crashed out in Q2 - the start of a disastrous weekend for him. He also crashed in both races.

Christian Iddon BMW crash
Iddon, shaken but uninjured gets to his feet on the infield……

Marshalls pick up Christian Iddons BMW
….. the bike slid outfield picking up lots of turf on its way

Jason O'Halloran and Jenny Tinmouth
Jason O'Halloran who grabbed a third and a second with Jenny Tinmouth in the trade area

Monster energy drink girls
The Monster energy drink stand was …

Monster energy drink girl
…as popular as ever

Leon Haslam and James Ellison
Leon Hallam, who set the fastest ever lap of Cadwell to claim pole, James Ellison…

John Hopkins
and John Hopkins amongst others signed an awful lot of autographs

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British Superbikes Snetterton. 10 July 2016

First time at Snetterton for many years and I was greatly impressed with the whole layout and facilities. In particular the MCE BSB Victory Circle was a brilliant idea allowing fans to witness post race interviews of the riders by Matt Roberts, James Haydon and Jamie Whitam. Hopefully this will become a regular BSB feature.


snetterton BSB grid
The BSB grid is always a busy place

Laverty Tyco BMW
Michael Laverty showing no nerves

Shane shakey Byrne grid interview
Shakey Byrne gives James Haydon his thoughts for the race

laverty Tyco BMW
Michael Laverty on the Tyco BMW gets ready for the race

Shane Byrne Be Wiser Ducati
A last minute adjustment on the beautifully turned out Be Wiser Ducati

Leon Haslam Kawasaki
Leon Haslam at the ready.

Dan Linfoot
Dan Linfoot gets all the information he needs

Matt Roberts interviews young rider
They just seem to get younger and younger!

Honda RC213V-S
On display outside Honda hospitality the highly desirable Honda RC213V-S

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British Superbikes Qualifying 24 August 2014

Conditions were surprisingly good given the weather forecast with some good warm sunny spells which would ultimately be in direct contrast to raceday.
The qualifying session saw Shane "Shakey" Byrne smashed the Cadwell Park lap record on his way to claiming pole position by nearly a full second in front of Ryuichi Kiyonari, Buildbase BMW, with Tommy Bridewell completeing the top three positions.

kiyonari Buildbase BMW

Ryuichi Kiyonari, Buildbase BMW


josh brookes milwaukee yamaha

Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha failed to set a time in final qualifying.


scott smart kawasaki

Scott Smart, Anvil Hire Kawasaki.


triumph triple philip atkinson

Philip Atkinson was badly shaken but unhurt during the Triumph Triple Challenge race.

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