MCE British Superbike Championship - packed crowds at Thruxton

MCE British Superbike Championship – packed crowds at Thruxton

The MCE British Superbike Championship rolls into the high-speed Thruxton circuit for round two following two fantastic races at Brands Hatch which saw reigning Champion Shane Byrne and MotoGP returnee James Ellison share the spoils.

Action in Qualifying with Tyco TAS Suzuki

Action in Qualifying with Tyco TAS Suzuki

Pirelli Overview

After a busy yet satisfying start to the season for Pirelli at the opening round, the MCE British Superbike Championship sets up its paddock at Thruxton in Hampshire, less than a week later for round two.
The ex-airfield circuit is a mix of sweeping high speed corners and stop-go chicanes and is well known for its incredibly abrasive nature. Last year Josh Brookes and Ian Lowry took a win apiece on the harder compound SC2 rear Pirelli tyre to overcome the SC1 shod Tommy Hill in both outings. Shane Byrne also took a podium using a softer SC1 rear.
Despite this precedent, it is predicted that the vast majority of the Superbike riders will choose thenew SC1 rear tyre rather than the harder SC2. Introduced at Brands Hatch, the new Diablo Superbike SC1 option proved an immediate success with riders with 100% uptake. Having to compete with extremely cold track conditions at the start of the weekend, there were no signs of cold tearing and no overdue wear at race distance, however the Thruxton circuit could prove the ultimate test for the all new, World Superbike developed tyre.
The British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 classes and the Triumph Triple Challenge riders will once again be utilising the Diablo Supercorsa SC V2 tyres. The Ducati 848 TriOptions Challenge misses this particular round.
Max Biaggi

Max Biaggi

BSB Fan Opportunity

This week Pirelli hosted a unique and successful media launch for their new tyre; the Angel GT. Held on the deck of an Italian aircraft carrier, this new Sports Touring tyre was put through its paces by none other than multiple World Champion, Max Biaggi. To see Max and the new tyres in action visit ‘Pirelli Moto’ on Facebook.
British Superbike fans can benefit from a new money off promotion for this long distance, high performing tyre. Racegoers need simply to visit their local tyre store and hand over their 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship ticket to benefit from this £26 saving on a pair of Angel GT’s.
Jim Worland, Pirelli Moto Product and Marketing Manager commented, “To celebrate the launch of this exciting new tyre we’ve teamed up with the MCE British Superbike Championship to offer a special offer. Exclusive to BSB fans, this money back option gives fans a cash benefit as and when they need to buy their new tyres, so hang onto your tickets!”
This offer runs from date of the first race of the 2013 MCE BSB Championship until 31st October 2013 to cover the full 12 round race season.
For a full listing of participating dealers and details, visit:
Brookes at Brands Hatch

Brookes at Brands Hatch

Race Preview

Reigning Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne got his title defence off to the best of starts dominating for the majority of the opening round, including taking pole position and the opening race victory. However it was the Milwaukee Yamaha of James Ellison, returning to BSB following a stint in MotoGP, who took the win in the second race of the day.
This time last year saw the debut victory in the class for Ian Lowry and the Padgetts Honda team in the first race of the day, after a race long game of cat and mouse between Lowry and Tommy Hill. However it was the second race of the day which provided the most excitement, after Aussie Josh Brookes found himself back in 13th place at the end of the first lap he proceeded to utilise the best of his SC2 rear Pirelli to pick through the pack and secure his first victory of the year.
After a scintillating set of races at Brands Hatch, all eyes will be on the battle in the British Supersport class. With at least eight riders capable of taking victory Thruxton will no doubt see open warfare between these screaming 600’s.
Pirelli View
Pirelli Racing Manager Jason Griffiths commented, The introduction of the SC1 proved a big success at Brands Hatch, despite the really cold conditions we found there were no signs of cold tearing and the tyres lasted well to race end.
Thruxton provides a unique challenge in terms of its high speed nature; abrasive asphalt and bumpy surface. We’re likely to encounter low track temperatures so the SC1 rear will face its next test! Last year saw both winners on the SC2 tyre, however as Tommy and Shane proved, the SC1 was more than capable of a podium so we believe with the newer version we will actually see the softer tyre become the preferred choice. Of course we’re also yet to see our Rain or Intermediate tyres utilised in race conditions yet this season.”
View from behind the screen
Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes took an impressive victory at Thruxton last year, won his first ever BSB race there in 2010 and professes to love the quirky, high speed circuit “I really enjoy the fast flowing nature of Thruxton- it’s a real rider’s track. One of the key things is to be brave and keep good corner speed up on these long, long bends. The complex is obviously also so important and the chicane is one of the best opportunities to pass on the brakes.

From a tyre point of view the track is really abrasive so a lot of guys went for the harder tyre last year including myself, which meant I was still strong at the end. Obviously the tyres are different this year so we’ll just have to see what works best there through practice.”

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Thruxton
2013 Championship Standings so far:
1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 41
2:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 40
3:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 27
4:James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 25
5:Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 23
6:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 21
2012 Flashback:
Race one result:
1: Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda)
2: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +2.794s
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +13.136s
4: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +13.566s
5: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +14.435s
6: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +18.433s
7:Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) +18.473s
8: Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +19.867s
9: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +24.609s
10: Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) +26.896s
Race two result:
1: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki)
2: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.664s
3: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.443s
4: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.526s
5: Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) +2.719s
6: Luca Scassa (Padgetts Honda) +15.445s 
7: Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) +15.722s
8: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +16.969s
9: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +17.188s
10: Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) +19.011s
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