British Superbikes Rolls Into Scotland For Round 5!

Leon Haslam looks to add to his tally of wins this weekend at Knockhill.

 

This weekend the British Superbike Championship rolls into Scotland for the 5th round of the championship at the Knockhill circuit in Fife.

Since visiting the track last year Knockhill has undergone some major changes, with new track surface for 2018 it looks set to be a record-breaking weekend.

Last year saw Jake Dixon take his maiden wins in the British Superbike Championship taking the top step of the podium in both races.

Championship leader Leon Haslam heads into this weekend with a 64 point lead in the championship after taking his 5th consecutive win in the series after a close finish with Mcams Yamaha rider Josh Brookes on the final straight at the end of race 2 at the Snetterton 300 circuit 2 weeks ago. Leon has had just a single win at the Scottish track, back in 2008 on the HM Plant Honda, and after a strong test 1 week ago the JG Speedfit rider will be looking to add to the tally.

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Bradley Ray will be looking to make amends this weekend after a double non-finish at Snetterton which has left the Milky bar kid a huge 64 points behind Leon Haslam. Bradley Ray had a tough 2 races at Knockhill in 2017 with just 1 point scoring finish in the 2 races.

Once again Glenn Irwin will be joined by his brother Andrew Irwin who rides the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda in the World Supersport Class. Andrew had an explosive debut to his British Superbike career after crashing at the Wilson hairpin on the opening lap taking down Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) the returning Dan Linfoot and the still badly injured Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) but did record a top 10 finish in the second race.

With the engine upgrades for the Mcams Yamaha, Josh Brookes looks like he is once again a contender for victories and has a very good record at the Knockhill circuit.

Other riders who are looking to bounce back after a tough few races are Anvil Tag Hire’s James Ellison who crashed out of race 2 at Snetterton. Another rider who had a tough weekend at Snetterton is Luke Mossey on the 2nd JG Speedfit Kawasaki after suffering a brake failure as he entered Brundles and had to jump off his ZX10R.

This weekend will see Taylor Mackenzie (Moto Rapido Ducati) and Tarran Mackenzie (Mcams Yamaha) race in front of their home crowd. Taylor will be looking to improve on his season’s best finish whilst Tarran Mackenzie will be looking to bounce back after the retirement on lap 1 in the final race at Snetterton.

There are a few changes on the grid for round 5 with the CF Motorsport Yamaha not taking part after Kyle Ryde announced he was taking a break with racing after not taking part in either of the 2 races at Snetterton. Once again Tommy Bridewell will not take part after being fired from the Halsall racing team just minutes before the green light for Saturdays Qualifying session.

We also have a change in the Gearlink Kawasaki team with Carl Phillips being replaced by ex-Mission Racing rider Fraser Rogers.

The final change for the Scottish round is that the current Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad Superstock 1000 rider Luke Hedger will step up to the British Superbike class to replace his injured team-mate Jakub Smrz.

Keep up to date with the action by clicking here for the timetable.

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