Lowes and Byrne will be in close contention

Lowes and Byrne will be in close contention

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship arrives in Scotland for the annual event this weekend (14/15/16 June) as Knockhill (Fife) gears up for the biggest event of the racing season.

The opening three rounds have produced three different race winners and Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes leads the standings ahead of this weekend by just a single point after his Oulton Park victory. The Lincolnshire young gun is the only rider to have finished each race on the podium so far and is aiming for his first Superbike win at the Knockhill circuit.

Lowes said: “I can’t wait to race the Samsung Honda again. It has been nice to have the break and I am ready to come back strong at Knockhill. The team have been working hard and we want to try and keep scoring podiums consistently as that is what we will need when it comes to the Showdown. We are in a good position and I am focused on having fun and getting some good results.”

Defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne for the first time this season is in the chasing pack, but the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider knows the 1.27-mile circuit has been one he has celebrated success in the past. “Knockhill I am sure will produce some good battles and we will be trying to get some more wins for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team as we want to be back on the top of the podium,” said Byrne.
Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes will be pushing for his first win of the season as the Australian returns to MCE British Superbike Championship action, whilst Brands Hatch race winner James Ellison onboard the Milwaukee Yamaha is also sure to be a contender for the victories.

Buildbase BMW’s Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland have both come close to scoring the manufacturer their first podium finish in MCE BSB and Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Chris Walker could spring a surprise on his title rivals.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings:
1. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 117
2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 116
3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 96
4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 71
5. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 68
6. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) 43

Easton overlooks Knockhill - ready for the fourth round and the Hislop tribute

Easton overlooks Knockhill – ready for the fourth round and the Hislop tribute

Knockhill round to celebrate BSB legend Steve Hislop
The late Steve Hislop will be celebrated at Knockhill as the event will carry his name and commemorate his racing achievements on the 10th anniversary of the year of his passing. Hislop was renowned for his extraordinary riding talent and remains one of the most successful riders in BSB history. To celebrate his life and accomplishments there will be a special ride around during the weekend featuring his iconic Cadbury’s Boost Yamaha. Former on track rival and team-mate Niall Mackenzie and former protégé Stuart Easton on a replica Monstermob Ducati will take part in the lap.

Easton leads the pack at Oulton Park

Easton leads the pack at Oulton Park

Motorpoint Glasgow preview Knockhill event
Ahead of this weekend, Motorpoint, the UK’s leading car supermarket, will be giving fans the chance to join racing stars and their racing machines at a preview evening on Thursday 13 June. Motorpoint Glasgow will host an exclusive preview where fans can meet the riders for autographs and photos including Easton, the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda team of Dan Linfoot and Peter Hickman plus the Niall Mackenzie and racing sons Taylor and Tarran. The free event is open to all, getting underway from 17:30 – 19:00.

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