Review of British Superbike at Silverstone

By: Colin MotorCycle Direct Posted: April 28th, 2016

Running from the 8th - 10th April, the British Superbike Championship took place at Silverstone for the season opening of the championship. All of the top riders gathered to compete to increase the points in a chance to win the overall championship. The race followed the new format whereby after the warm up races, the qualifying round determines where riders place on the grid for race 1 and then the fastest laps from this race determine grid position on race 2.

Throughout the weekend there were definite thrills and spills. Each race had its fair share of the action as riders battled for the top spots. Below we have listed some highlighted results from each race including commentary from the successful riders and the final placings through the rounds.

Leon Haslam had a successful qualifying race meaning he started the opening race of the weekend in pole position. However he struggled to settle into the race meaning he missed chances of high placings but did manage to get the fastest lap of the race.

Michael Laverty took the win in the opening race. He held off charges from Shane Byrne to take his ninth British superbike win in his career, a great achievement. He had this to say following his race "It is a great way to start the season and we have worked hard over the winter on our pace and race distance, and we haven't really panicked too much about a one off lap. "But I was leading at the end of the first lap and then in the last lap so it was a perfect strategy by the Tyco BMW team and credit to them for all the work they have done. Winning the first race of the series feels really nice."

Dan Linfoot started the 2nd race in pole position but a tyre choice meant that he slipped back into 9th. He had this to say about his eventful weekend: "Hopefully when we get back to other tracks where we don't need to use the SC1 and we can go back with the SC0. I believe our bike manages the SC0 quite well, but it was just too cold for it this weekend, so the rest of the season should be OK with our preferred tyre."

Peter Hickman had two very different races. After retiring in first race due to a technical problem he then went on to win the 2nd race much to his and everyone else's surprise. Once the technical issue was sorted there was no stopping him. He added at the end of his race that: "I was disappointed after qualifying as we went the wrong way with the bike but it is still quite early days for us. We learnt from our mistake and it made a difference today."

Shane Byrne managed a successful 2nd place in both final races meaning he leads the championship after the opening round. Christian Iddon managed two third place finishes giving him double podium joy.

James Rispoli had a crash in the event on Sunday, which resulted in him losing the top of his little finger the following week due to the trauma it received. He had this to say: "We had surgery last night and they lopped off the fingernail and tip of the finger. All in all, everything went well, I'm starting rehab today and we should be ready for Oulton Park."

The next round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place during the May Bank Holiday weekend at Oulton Park (April 30 - May 2).

Commentary Source:


Qualifying Race:

  • 1. Leon Haslam - GBR JG Speedfit
  • 2. Jason O'Halloran - AUS Honda Racing
  • 3. Christian Iddon - GBR Tyco BMW
  • 4. Shane Byrne - GBR Be Wiser
  • 5. Luke Mossey - GBR Quattro Plant
  • 6. Michael Laverty - GBR Tyco

1st Race:

  • 1. Michael Laverty - GBR Tyco
  • 2. Shane Byrne - GBR Be Wiser
  • 3. Christian Iddon - GBR Tyco
  • 4. Luke Mossey - GBR Quattro Plant
  • 5. Dan Linfoot - GBR Honda Racing
  • 6. Jason O'Halloran - AUS Honda Racing

2nd Race:

  • 1. Peter Hickman - GBR JG Speedfit
  • 2. Shane Byrne - GBR Be Wiser
  • 3. Christian Iddon - GBR Tyco
  • 4. Jason O'Halloran - AUS Honda Racing
  • 5. Leon Haslam - GBR JG Speedfit
  • 6. Michael Laverty - GBR Tyco