2019 Bennetts British Superbikes kicks off at Silverstone over Easter weekend
The ultra-exciting 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship kicks off at Silverstone across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Qualifying begins on Good Friday (April 19) with the support class racing starting on Saturday and the main races on Easter Sunday (April 21) with a packed racing schedule.
With on-the-day tickets starting from just £15 for an adult, and Under 16’s free to enter, it’s the perfect family Bank Holiday treat at the UK’s premier motorsport venue.
Enhancing the excitement of the super-competitive Bennetts British Superbike championship racing format is the choice of using the shorter 1.64mile National Circuit at Silverstone which was used for BSB in 2018.
The National Circuit has a lap time of less than 55 seconds for the fastest British Superbike class and with two 30-lap races in a more compact area it makes for thrilling racing.
This layout was used in 2018 when Silverstone hosted a triple-header race and it proved immensely popular with fans and racers alike thanks to the shorter lap times and close racing it generated.
The 2019 Bennetts British Superbike championship promises some of the most intense two-wheel racing anywhere in the world with 30 permanent Superbike riders confirmed, including a host of top riders all capable of winning races and the championship.
The combination of riders including former MotoGP racer Scott Redding along with BSB regulars like Josh Brookes, Jason O’Halloran, Tarran Mackenzie, Glenn Irwin, Bradley Ray, Christian Iddon, Peter Hickman, Danny Buchan and Tommy Bridewell.
There are a host of class newcomers in the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike class for this season and all are hungry for racing success. Add in a series of new and updated 225bhp superbikes and it’s going to make for an incredible racing season.
Musical tribute to The Prodigy’s Keith Flint
The Bennetts British Superbike championship will be paying a musical tribute to the late Keith Flint who was a former team owner and a huge motorcycle racing fan and was a well-known face around the BSB paddock.
A series of tracks by The Prodigy will be played before the start of the first BSB race on Sunday.
More than just racing
It’s not just racing that fans can look forward to at Silverstone as there will be a Bike Zone featuring many of the latest motorcycles which will be available for test rides throughout the weekend thanks to Ducati, Yamaha and Kawasaki.
Honda and Triumph will also be attending with a comprehensive range of new motorcycles on display in the Bike Zone which will be located on the inside of the track next to the old Bridge section of track.
To be in with a chance of test riding the motorcycle of your choice from Yamaha, Ducati or Kawasaki you will need to register on the day with the manufacturer of your choice.
You will need to bring your own riding gear, helmet and driving licence.
Yamaha will be bringing a fleet of test bikes including the full Niken Tour which will allow a 45-minute escorted road ride on the innovative, leaning three-wheel Niken; half of the fleet being made up of the new Niken GT model.
Along with the Niken Tour fleet will be a comprehensive range of the 2019 Yamaha road, scooter and off-road models to try out for size.
Ducati will be bringing a large selection of 2019 models with almost everything available for test rides for those over 21-years of age. Pillion passengers will need to be agreed with Ducati staff on the day before leaving for the escorted road ride.
Kawasaki will also be bringing along a long list of exciting new 2019 bikes and there will also be an area for non-riders who will be able to get a feel for riding a motorcycle onboard the new Z125.