NEW SUPPORT RACE AT MOTOGP
On-track action at the British Grand Prix (MotoGP™) at Silverstone (15-17 June) will be enhanced by a new support race this year - the ‘Silverstone 200’.
The ‘Silverstone 200’ event format of two 100 kilometre length races is the first time that riders from four different World, British and National Championships have competed head-to-head. The two races feature a high-calibre rider line-up who, between them, have celebrated four World Championship race wins, five British Championship titles and a further twenty seven race victories in the British Championship classes.
The open class parameters, allowing any make and model of machinery between 600 and 1200cc, has attracted riders and teams representing seven manufacturers - Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Triumph - including title-winning MCE British Superbike Championship teams Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Stuart Easton, and Samsung Honda’s Michael Laverty and Jon Kirkham. They are joined by fellow BSB riders Gary Mason, Tristan Palmer, Luke Quigley, John Laverty, Florian Marino, Aaron Zanotti and the UK’s fastest female, Jenny Tinmouth.
Former British Supersport champion Sam Lowes is on a high following his maiden race win in the World Supersport Championship. His World Supersport race-winning Bogdanka PTR Honda team will be aiming high as Lowes - joined by Frenchman Jules Cluzel, winner of the 2010 Moto2 British Grand Prix - is utilising this event to obtain track data before the team returns in August for their World Championship race.
Reigning Superstock 1000 British Champion Richard Cooper heads up a four-strong Oxford TAG Triumph line-up, alongside team-mate and former British Supermoto champion Christian Iddon. The entry is further enhanced by some of the top teams in the ultra-competitive National Superstock Championship. Regular top ten riders include David Johnson, Josh Elliot (both Carbontek BMW) and Lee Costello (Halsall Racing Kawasaki).
The two 16 lap races take place following the MotoGP™ qualifying session and race on Saturday and Sunday respectively, with free practice on Friday and the all-important qualifying practice session on Saturday at 12:05hrs.
Three day tickets for the 2012 British Grand Prix are available from £75 if purchased in advance – effectively just £25 per day. Children aged 15 and under go free*. For further information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.silverstone.co.uk, or call 0844 3728 260.