After a 5 week break the British Superbike championship is back in action at the brilliant Knockhill race circuit in Scotland. Knockhill is Scotland’s only international rated race circuit it is located 30 mins away from Edinburgh and has excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Knockhill hosts racing all year round but the highlights of the year are when the BTCC and BSB championships visit, It is a demanding circuit with different undulations and unique turns that make it a challenge for even the top riders.
LENGTH: 1.2713 M 2.04595 KM
POLE POSITION: RIGHT
LAP RECORD:SHANE BYRNE – KAWASAKI – 48.252 (2015)
Onboard Shots from last years Qualifying:
Since its been such a break between this round and the last its hard to tell who will be on form and who will need some time to get back up to speed, The teams completed a test at Snetterton with Leon Haslam and Michael Laverty setting the pace Laverty fastest on Day 1 and Haslam fastest on Day 2 but Laverty set the fastest lap time over the 2 days overall but Knockhill is such a different track that I doubt we can read much into that for this weekend. As I have said in basically every preview for BSB this season the field is so deep that is is very difficult to predict a podium out of the entire field you have a potential 10 race winners who on their day can mix it with the top racers in the world.
TV Schedule for the Weekend:
LIVE QUALIFYING AND SUPERSPORT SPRINT RACE : SAT 25 JUN 16:00 EUROSPORT 2
LIVE RACEDAY: SUN 26 JUN 12:30 EUROSPORT 2
Former WSBK Rider Josh Hook joins the WD40 squad to replace the injured Jack Kennedy for Round 4 he completed the 2 day test with the team at Snetterton and set some good times as he familiarized himself with the bike and the team.
Another rider moving teams is Jake Dixon who split from the Tsingtao MV Agusta 2 weeks ago. He tested with the RAF reserves squad along side Alistair Seeley at Snetterton and impressed enough to earn himself a ride.
Ryuichi Kiyonari will again compete at the Suzuka 8 hour race racing for Team Kagayama on board the Suzuki GSXR. The team will be hoping for another podium which would make it 4 years in a row on the rostrum.
Josh Wainwright joins the PR racing squad the Knockhill replacing the injured Matej Smrz who tested at Knockhill but aggravated the injury. Wainwright steps up to the superbike class after a bright start to his season in the Superstock class scoring two top ten finishes.
My review for this weekends races may be a bit later than usual as I am at the races this weekend keep an eye on my twitter for any updates and pictures I may post during the weekend (@weephil56) and also keep an eye on (@) as he will have pictures from the weekend posted up there and on his website (http://rjd-photography.weebly.com/).