After the annual break for the Isle of Man TT, the British Superbike series is finally back this weekend as the paddock heads for Scotland’s historic Knockhill Circuit.
Leon Haslam still leads the series ahead of teammate Luke Mossey, with reigning champion Shane Byrne (pictured above at Knockhill in 2015) also back to winning ways after Oulton Park.
At the recent Snetterton test it was Honda and Jason O’Halloran who came away fastest, the Japanese manufacturer making some big strides forward with the new Fireblade at the Norfolk circuit.
Short yet challenging, Knockhill features 3 left and 6 right handers over the course of a 1.271 mile lap, and although the forecast for much of the UK is looking good this weekend, the Scottish weather can change suddenly so Pirelli’s intermediate of full rain tyres may come into play at some point.
Ahead of this weekend’s action Pirelli spoke with Michael Laverty who said:
“Knockhill is a fun circuit, especially when the sun shines. It is pretty short but at the same time it can be pretty challenging and intense as there’s no let up. Quite often you’re fighting to keep the front down and you can also use the kerbs everywhere. The back straight is actually a curve, with bumps into the braking area at the hairpin – which is the best overtaking spot!
Generally, tyre wear isn’t a problem here at Knockhill so I’m anticipating that the softer, SC0 rear will be the most popular choice for the Superbike guys.”
Fans at Knockhill this weekend will also be treated to a nostalgic battle between Scotland & England as a number of old hands including Niall MacKenzie return for the Pro-AM Revival support race.
Don’t miss it!