Members Visit British Superbike Championship Opener at Silverstone

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For the second year Club members were invited to a behind-the-scenes visit to a British Superbike race, with this year’s outing allowing them to experience the high-octane series opener at Silverstone.

During the day, two special visits to team garages were organised, allowing members to meet some of the race teams as they prepared their bikes. Ahead of the first race came a trip to the Honda Racing Team garage, courtesy of Honda Motorcycles Managing Director and Club member, Neil Fletcher, who co-hosted the visit with Team Manager, Havier Beltran. Members listened intently as Havier explained how the team were setting up not just the British Superbikes but a British Superstock bike as well. Both Honda Superbike riders, Andrew Irwin and Xavi Forés, succeeded in picking up points by the end of the day.

After lunch in the BRDC clubhouse and the spectacle of watching the first race, members visited the Brixx Ducati Team garage. There they spoke to Barrie Baxter, the Club’s Torrens Trophy Committee Chairman and current Team Principal of the Brixx team. Also present in the garage was the team’s French rider, Sylvain Barrier, who gave members a fascinating insight and rider’s view on how the team develop the Ducati V4R during a race weekend and the fine margins required to succeed at this level.

The Races
The British Superbike Championship continues to be one of the greatest domestic bike series in the world. The series opener at Silverstone didn’t disappoint in delivering plenty of thrills for spectators. Race One ended in dramatic style, as McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie overtook fellow Jason McAMS rider O’Halloran to clinch first place, causing O’Halloran to crash out in the process on the very last corner. However, after the incident, MacKenzie was given a three second penalty for a dangerous overtake, meaning he was pipped to first place by OMG Suzuki’s Josh Elliott.

In Race Two, both Elliott and Mackenzie fought for the top spot with Elliott eventually finishing as runner up and Mackenzie winning. This has put the pair in joint first place in the championship and rounded off an exhilarating first round of the BSB Championship.

It was a memorable Easter for attending members, and the Club will look forward to seeing how the rest of the season goes for the teams involved in the Championship.

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