Magny-Cours - image courtesy photopress

Magny-Cours – image courtesy photopress

The strong contingent of British fans travelling to next month’s World Superbike season finale at French circuit Magny-Cours (7 October) will be hoping to witness world title glory for one of their own as Tom Sykes bids to become the first Brit in five years to seal the prestigious series crown.

Riding the famed green and black Kawasaki Racing machine, Sykes’ third full World Superbike campaign has proven to be a breakout year for the Huddersfield-born racer who has emerged as a regular winner and podium finisher. In a field bursting with top-line talent that includes the likes of Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri the 27-year-old Briton has scored three wins and an additional eight rostrum finishes thus far to sit 30.5 points shy of championship leader and 2010 World Superbike title-winner Biaggi heading to the French venue.
As such Sykes crosses the channel as the underdog, but with 50 points on offer from the two races that will run at Magny-Cours he retains every chance of toppling the veteran Italian and joining the ranks of past British champions James Toseland, Neil Hodgson and Superbike legend Carl Fogarty.
After crisscrossing the globe throughout the 2012 season Magny-Cours, situated just two-hours south of Paris, represents one of the closer races to Sykes’ native Britain meaning he’ll be counting on a strong contingent of fans making the trip to the season finale. With support in the stands and two stellar performances on the track the Huddersfield man will be hoping to return home a world champion.
How Tom can triumph
Though he travels to France trailing points leader Max Biaggi, Sykes retains a real shot of becoming world champion at Magny-Cours.
However, should the Italian come home ahead of Sykes in the first run he will be crowned champion with a race to spare. The British rider needs to outscore Biaggi by six points if he is to remain to remain in contention, making victory more important than ever for the Kawasaki man.
Sykes’ best bet is to win both races and then hope that Biaggi scores under 20 points over the course of the two contests. It’s a challenge for the Brit, but far from an impossible one: given his prodigious pace of late Sykes will unquestionably fancy his chances of triumphing on-track, and Biaggi has taken less than 20 points from a weekend more than once this season. The scene is set for a thrilling encounter.
Tickets and pricing:
  • 3-day pass for Grandstand L (Adelaide hairpin) located near dining area and toilet facilities (category 2): €75
  • 3-day pass: €65
  • Sunday ticket* only: €55
  • Paddock pass (when purchased with one of the options above): €25
  • Under 16s: Free entry
  • Secure parking (8am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday) valid for one motorcycle and two helmets: €10
  • Non-secured parking, campsites and giant TV screens: Free upon presentation of race tickets
  • 3-day Aprilia SBK PLUS pass: General admittance, access to Grandstand K, paddock, secure bike parking (9am-7pm) and Aprilia Village: €80
  • 3-day Planet Power BMW pass: General admittance, access to Grandstand F, paddock, secure bike parking (9am-7pm), BMW Village, drinks and gifts: €80
Club Privilege: General admittance and access to this second floor VIP balcony overlooking the pit-lane and start/finish straight. Pass includes: VIP parking nearby, complimentary coffee facilities and open bar, buffet lunch, TV screens, weekend-long paddock access, chauffer-driven circuit tour via public-prohibited access roads and pit-lane walkabout: €250 (Saturday) or €350 (Saturday/Sunday)
*Single day tickets are valid on Sunday 7 October only. Grandstand (excluding F, K and L), paddock, pit-lane and vending area access is all included.
For further information and to book tickets please visit:
For news about Nevers Magny-Cours please visit:
You can keep up to date with the WSBK at Magny-Cours by following @MagnyCoursTrack and liking the circuit’s Facebook page.
{lang: 'en-GB'}