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Glen Coombs

Photo credit Glen Coombs BSB website

BSB Rd 1 Silverstone

 

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Photo Credit Glen Coombs BSB Website

The British Superbike Season Kicks off this weekend at Silverstone. Silverstone is built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station it is known to some as the home of British racing which many would dispute including myself. The circuit itself is one of
the fastest in any race series its flat layout and flowing corners lead to high speeds and quick lap times.

circuit-silverstone-map

Circuit information:

Length 3.6673m 5.901km

Corners 18 Left hand 7 Right hand 11

BSB Lap Record James Ellison – Kawasaki 2:05.267 (2015)

On board Clips from Last Season.

Race Predictions:

First weekend of the season always throws up interesting results Riders on new bikes, NewGlen Coombs2 Riders to the championship and of course in Britain there is the constant threat of the weather. All the top contenders are coming off a strong pre season with all the teams and riders having plenty of time on track.

For me this weekend I think Michael Laverty will be the man to beat he ended last season strong with a win in the Final race of the 2015 Season at Silverstone he has stayed onboard the Tyco BMW and this consistency should lead to him being fast out of the traps.

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Photo Credit Glen Coombs BSB website

Shane Shakey Byrne will of course be a contender but with a new bike he may take a bit of time to adjust same for John Hopkins who is jumping on the title winning Yamaha R1 from last year. James Ellison same as Laverty has stayed with the same team and will be the man to challenge Laverty this weekend.

Ryuichi Kiyonari is a hard one to judge if the real Kiyonari turns up there will be very little anyone on any grid in the world can do about him unfortunately this Kiyonari can go missing too often.

Leon Haslam returns to the championship after a couple of years in WSBK he will be among the top contenders this season but this is his first time on Kawasaki machinery and the after a season with rider aids it will surely take him a round or 2 to adjust.

Podiums:

Race 1

  1. M.Laverty
  2. J.Ellison
  3. J.Hopkins

Race 2

  1. J.Ellison
  2. M.Laverty
  3. R.Kiyonari

TV schedule:

Saturday 09 April

16:00-18:00 – Live Qualifying & Supersport Highlights
Eurosport 2

Sunday 10 April

12:30-18:00 – Live Raceday
Eurosport 2

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