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Bennetts British Superbike Stars Set to Stun 15,000 Scottish Bike Race Fans

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Saltire flags will be flying high on the 14th to 16th of June at Knockhill as will some of the finest bike racers on the planet return for the only Scottish round of Bennetts British Superbikes at Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre.

15,000 bike fans will travel from all four corners of the UK and beyond to Knockhill as the best domestic bike racing championship in the world makes a welcome return north of the Border. 

Packed girds of top riders and teams will duel at speeds of up to 170mph including Scottish stars, TTs and many ex Grand Prix riders too as the event has many added features to help celebrate 50 years of racing in its anniversary season.

Rory Skinner from Perth will be hoping that the local support can elevate him to podium finishes and even outright wins within three Superbike races over the weekend.

Lewis Rollo from Haddington has also featured strongly in the Superbikes Pathway class for rising stars with “three from three” wins at the last round. 

TT stars Peter Hickman and Aussie Josh Brookes are fan favourites as they will have just returned from racing on the Mountain Course at the Isle of Man to come directly to Knockhill for rounds 14, 15 and 16 of the BSB.

Add in race winners Andrew Irwin from Ireland, Jason O’Halloran (Australia), and Leon Haslam and defending Champion Tommy Bridewell, the international feel to the grid shows the world quality of riders, teams and bikes from Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, BMW, Kawasaki and more. 

Niall Mackenzie to help celebrate Knockhill’s 50th Anniversary within special SuperPrix races.

A very special addition to a packed Superbike programme are guest riders in the Knockhill SuperPrix on Yamaha TZ 250s, 350s and 750s who will evoke memories of the 1970s and 80s when Knockhill first opened.

These iconic bikes will race on both days in the Knockhill 50th Anniversary SuperPrix with the winner receiving the Bill Simpson Trophy.

Scot Bill sadly passed away recently and was a leading racer, team member and bike builder in the Yamaha TZ scene and was known around the world.

Such is the draw of the SuperPrix, 25 riders from all over the world including Europe and Brazil have entered and will see the welcome return to the race track of Scottish racing legend Niall Mackenzie.

Niall’s racing number will be 88, the number he rode with during his first racing season in 1981 as everyone turns the clock back decades to mark the circuit’s anniversary.

Bob McInytes 100mph TT record-breaking bike on show at Knockhill BSB round.

Knockhill are thrilled to announce that one of the most famous racing bikes in history will be on show at Knockhill during the Superbike event as legend Bob McIntyres 1957 500cc Quattro Gilera is coming from its home on the Isle of Man.

McIntyres Corner, the third corner at Knockhill is named after Bob as he set the bike racing world alight in 1957 by setting the first 100mph average lap of the famous Mountain Circuit.

Stuart Gray, Knockhill Director of Events said:

“Lap speeds now average 135mph plus but when Scotsman Bob set his lap, news went around the world and is still talked about today.

“He instantly became a legend of the Isle of Man’s amazing TT history and it is the first time that the bike will be at Knockhill.”

Steve Hislops “Flying Haggis” Trophy to go to BSB rider who set the fastest race lap.

As part of his ongoing legacy, the Steve Hislop Trophy will be awarded at the final BSB podium of the weekend to the rider who set the fastest race lap over the three races.

Jillian Shedden said:

“It is fitting that the Knockhill BSB round immediately follows the famous TT event as Steve was a multiple winner on the Isle of Man as well as at Knockhill and elsewhere, and we are delighted to keep his memory going in this way and have a corner named after him too.”

Knockhill prepares for a weekend of racing action, drama, fun and entertainment for 15,000 bike fans.

Knockhill will be transformed into something resembling a bike festival over the 14th to 16th of June as it will welcome some 6000 fans on road bikes as others arrive by car, minibus, bicycle and by whatever means possible!

The camping area is already sold out but the massive trade areas, giant screens, food courts, hospitality village, autograph sessions and other entertainment will ensure bike fans will have a memorable weekend. 

Tickets for all three days are available via www.knockhill.com/events or by phoning 01383 723337 and will be available at the gate on each of the three event days.

Bike fans are encouraged to pre-purchase and download their tickets to ensure a quick entry.

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