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Silverstone Preview - Motostar Round 7
Eugene Mcmanus Junior returns to action this weekend, (7-9th September) as The Bennett’s British Superbike Championship rolls into Silverstone.
The iconic Northamptonshire circuit has been the subject of some high profile criticism, after the recent British Grand Prix was cancelled, due to the relayed surface not having sufficient capacity to withstand a rainstorm. The motogp officials called off the premier event for the first time since 1980.
After careful consideration, BSB supremo Stuart Higgs has decided to run this weekend's event on the much shorter national circuit to avoid a similar outcome and ensure the timetable runs to schedule. With 3 BSB showdown races and plenty of support classes in action this should ensure a fantastic weekends racing goes ahead whatever the weather.
The Wee Bull and his fellow Motostar riders will have little or no experience and data from the smaller track layout, but no doubt be keen to put it through its paces come friday morning’s FP1.
Racing on the National circuit will definitely level the playing field so some unexpected results could be on the cards.
In last seasons visit to Silverstone, Mcmanus Junior collected an unfortunate DNF in race 1 followed by a brilliant 4th place finish in race 2.
The Wee Bull is targeting a top 5 finish and is excited to try out a new layout;
"It's not ideal going into a race weekend having not ridden a track but I'm enjoying my riding again and really looking forward to the challenge, It's still Silverstone and I love it there. We have three rounds left so I'm going to enjoy myself and give it my all"
The wee Bull at Silverstone 2017 - Image Burnout Media UK
Friday's Free Practice 1 is at 11.10 – 11.40 followed by FP2 at 16.10 – 16.40.
We commence Saturday's action with Qualifying at 09.00 – 09.30 and Race 1 penciled in for a 15.30 start and 18 laps of the 1.6 mile track. Sunday's warm up is at 09.52 – 10.00 with Race 2 completing the weekend's Motostar card at 14.55, this time over 22 laps.
After making his debut at Thruxton last month, James McManus will be back in action at Silverstone in the British Junior Supersport Series, keep an eye out for the youngster #14 as he continues his progression.
James will be on track for Free Practice, which is on Friday at 11.50 with Qualifying later at 17.25. Race 1 is on Sunday at 10.30 with Race 2 concluding the weekend's action at 17.20.
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