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‘Superbikes in the Square’ 2007-06-11

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Stars of the ‘Bennetts British Superbike Championship’ roar into George Square in Glasgow on Wednesday 2007-06-27 as they warm up for the Knockhill round of the series the following Sunday.

There will be a strong Scottish presence including Scottish motorcycling legend and three-time British Superbike champion, Niall MacKenzie, former British Supersport champion Stuart Easton and two stars of the future in the form of Kev Coghlan and Robbie Stewart.

Joining them will be Airwaves Ducati riders Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam; Isle of Man TT winners John Mcguinness and Ian Hutchinson with their Hondas; former BSB champion Shane Byrne and his Stobart Motorsport team-mate Tom Sykes; Tommy Hill and his Virgin Media Yamaha teamsters; Rizla Suzukis Cal Crutchlow and Chris Walker; Kawasaki rider Michael Rutter and a host of others.

The stars of the ‘Bennetts British Superbike Championship’ roar into George Square in Glasgow with a show-stopping performance on Wednesday 2007-06-27 as they warm up for the Knockhill round of the series the following Sunday.

There will be a strong Scottish presence including Scottish motorcycling legend and three-time British Superbike champion, Niall MacKenzie, former British Supersport champion Stuart Easton and two riding stars of the future Kev Coghlan and Robbie Stewart.

Joining them will Airwaves Ducati riders Gregorio Lavilla and Leon Haslam; Isle of Man TT winners John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson with their Hondas; former champion Shane Byrne and his Stobart Motorsport team-mate Tom Sykes; Tommy Hill and his Virgin Media Yamaha teamsters; Rizla Suzukis Cal Crutchlow and Chris Walker; Kawasaki rider Michael Rutter and host of others.

They will be putting in demonstration laps around the George Square as they take Superbike racing to the heart of the city and there will the chance for everyone to get up close to the action and participate in the fun of the day. There will also be an opportunity to see the bikes being prepared, chat to the competitors and ask for autographs.

It’s the first time Glasgow City Council has hosted ‘Superbikes in the Square’ which carries a serious message promoting road and bike safety. The event is the result of collaboration between Glasgow City Council’s Land & Environmental Services; the British Superbike championship (BSB) and Knockhill Racing Circuit.

Councillor Ruth Simpson, Executive Member for Land and Environmental Services, said:

‘This is a first for Glasgow and underlines our ability and commitment to host major sporting events. I am sure everyone will find the event exciting.’

The free event, featuring riders and teams from what is generally regarded as the toughest domestic series in the world, will take place on Wednesday, 27 June between 17:30 and 21:00. It will also provide a warm up for the Scottish round of the championship at Knockhill Racing Circuit on Sunday 1st July.

The streets of Glasgow will be turned into a high-octane motor sport arena when bikers from the British Superbike Championships roll into town.

Around 20 of the fastest bikers in the world will arrive this month bringing the glamour and excitement of their world to the heart of the city for the first time.

‘Superbikes in the Square’ will see George Square converted into a mini track as teams from the UK’s top motor racing championship thrill spectators.

‘The Bennetts British Superbike Championship’ sees riders race their one litre motorbikes at speeds of up to 200mph.

Council chiefs believe the George Square event will help boost their bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said:

‘It’s another first for Glasgow and underlines the city’s commitment and ability to host and promote major sporting events.’

The concept of the George Square event is to provide a chance for spectators to get up close to riders and teams, while promoting road and bike safety messages in a fun and engaging environment.

It will feature a ‘pit and paddock’ area where spectators can meet the riders and see the bikes being prepared by the teams.

  • Fans will also enjoy autograph sessions and giveaways.
  • The free event on 2007-06-27 will also highlight important road and bike safety messages and provide a fun warm-up to the Scottish round of the championship at Knockhill Racing Circuit the following Sunday.

It is the top motorcycle racing series in the UK featuring riders from Spain, Japan, Australia and the USA.

The prestigious starting grid of more than 30 bikes will include defending champion Ryuichi Kiyonari, who will be battling hard to retain his title, plus fellow stars Gregorio Lavilla, Leon Haslam and Shane Byrne.

Scottish motorcycling legend and three-time British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie will also appear, along with Stuart Easton, Kev Coghlan and Robbie Stewart, who are billed as stars of the future.

A spokesman for Knockhill said:

‘This should be happening in Brands Hatch or Donnington. It’s a feather in Scotland’s cap.’

Superbikes in the Square

The fastest riders and most exotic motorbikes from around the world come to Scotland’s biggest city for the UK’s top motor racing championship.  Wednesday 27th June in George Square.

Event Details

* Wednesday 27th June 2007 – 5.30pm until 9pm
* George Square, Glasgow
* Free event

Superbikes in the Square

Glasgow City Council, the Bennetts British Superbike championship (BSB) and Knockhill Racing Circuit are proud to announce the line-up for the inaugural Superbikes in the Square event. A host of current and future motorcycling stars, top teams and a few legends will entertain the crowds on Wednesday 27th June in George Square.

Scottish hero and 3-time BSB champion Niall MacKenzie will ride at the event alongside no less than three former BSB champions including John Reynolds (2001/2004), Shane Byrne (2003) & Spain’s Gregorio Lavilla (2005).

Superbikes in the Square entry list (provisional):

Rider Team
Leon Haslam Airwaves Ducati
Gregorio Lavilla Airwaves Ducati
Chris Walker Rizla Suzuki
Shane Byrne Stobart Honda
Leon Camier Bike Animal Honda
Michael Rutter     Isilon Kawasaki
John Reynolds Rizla Suzuki
Cal Crutchlow Rizla Suzuki
Tommy Hill Virgin Media Yamaha
Tom Sykes Stobart Honda
Karl Harris Hydrex Honda
Kieran Clarke Buildbase Ducati
John Laverty Buildbase Ducati
Steve Platter AIM Yamaha
John Mcguiness HM Plant Honda
Ian Hutchinson HM Plant Honda
Tom Grant Virgin Media Yamaha
Billy Mcconnell Virgin Media Yamaha
Michael Laverty Relentless Suzuki
Ian Lowry Relentless Suzuki
Guy Martin Hydrex Honda

All the riders will perform demonstration laps around the course providing spectators with the opportunity to get up close to the action, whilst promoting road and bike safety messages in a fun and engaging environment. There will also be autograph sessions, interviews and opportunities to purchase team and BSB merchandise.

Road & bike safety will be a prominent feature of Superbikes in the Square with road & bike safety representatives on hand to help promote courses and give advice to spectators on both 2 and 4 wheels.

The event will also provide a spectacular warm-up to the Scottish round of the championship at Knockhill Racing Circuit on 1st July and spectators will be able to buy tickets at George Square.

Event partners

Bennetts British Superbike ChampionshipThe British Superbike championship is the top motorcycle racing series in the UK featuring leading riders from around the world. Racing on the country’s most challenging circuits the British Superbike championship is widely regarded as the world’s toughest domestic racing series.

Knockhill Racing Circuit – Scotland’s National Motorsport Centre – is set to host some of the very best motorsport events in the UK this year.  Topping the bill are the British Superbikes in July, Touring Cars in September and the Classic Speedfair in July.

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