Defending Bennetts British Superbike champions VisionTrack Ducati head to the halfway stage in VisionTrack Ducati the revised 2020 season at Silverstone this weekend in good shape following a double victory at the previous round.
Australian Josh Brookes racked up his 50th career win at Snetterton two weeks ago with Tyneside-based teammate Christian Iddon claiming his debut victory also aboard Paul Bird’s factory-supported VisionTrack Ducati Panigale V4Rs meaning the pair are hoping to continue their good progress.
Each rider took a podium place at the previous round too meaning Iddon occupies third in the title race, 32 points behind leader Glenn Irwin with 2015 BSB champ Brookes just four points further adrift in fourth for the Cumbrian-based team.
The action takes place on the 1.6-mile Silverstone National circuit, which is the fastest track on the COVID-19 shortened series, and will again see a triple-header comprising rounds seven, eight and nine of the 18-round championship.
Last year the event hosted the opening round over Easter and saw eventual champion Scott Redding score a podium on this debut for the PBM team whilst Brookes, who eventually finished runner-up to Redding in the title race, suffered technical problems in both races.
Josh Brookes: “After Snetterton, I believe we now understand the situation with the new profile tyres much better. It’s something which has been affecting most teams and riders this season, but I now firmly believe both me and the team have a clearer direction on how we need to progress. With retiring from both races at Silverstone last year, I’m not really sure of my potential there so I’ve got to focus on this event and deal with anything that arises. My understanding of the bike is good, and the plan is to keep making improvements throughout the weekend. We have had a good start to the season so I think we will be strong again.”
Christian Iddon: “On the back of my win at Snetterton, I’m really looking forward to Silverstone. It was Josh Brookes & Christian Iddon my best weekend for a long time, and it feels like I’m now really getting to grips with the bike and the team. Everything is working well but Silverstone is a unique challenge where you have to really work hard to get a result and that’s what I intend to do. Hopefully the weather will be fine, and we can get the bike dialled in early and run some good laps. The plan is to continue the momentum gained at Snetterton as I like that winning feeling which I hadn’t experienced for a long time!”
Bennetts British Superbike Championship (after six of 18 races)
1 G Irwin (Honda) 118pts
2 T Bridewell (Ducati) 95
3 C Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 86
4 J Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 82
5 J O’Halloran (Yamaha) 65
6 A Irwin (Honda) 58
Datatag Extreme Qualifying starts on Saturday (5th September) at 13:15 followed by the first race of the weekend at 16:30 (25 laps). Sunday (6th September) sees the second race get underway at 12:15 (30 laps) and final race at 16.30 (30 laps). Live television coverage of all races is available on Eurosport whilst for non-subscribers, live commentary from BSB Radio can be found via the Live Timing features at www.britishsuberbike.com and www.tsl-timing.com
The revised calendar for the Bennetts British Superbike Championship will be over six rounds, all featuring three races making 18 rounds in total.
Aug 7/9 Rounds 1/2/3 Donington Park (National Circuit)
Winners: A Irwin (Honda), A Irwin (Honda), T Bridewell (Ducati)
Aug 21/23 Rounds 4/5/6 Snetterton
Winners: C Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati), J Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati), G Irwin (Honda)
Sept 4/6 Rounds 7/8/9 Silverstone (National Circuit)
Sept 18/20 Rounds 10/11/12 Oulton Park
Oct 2/4 Rounds 13/14/15 Donington Park (GP Circuit)
Oct 16/18 Rounds 16/17/18 Brands Hatch (GP Circuit)