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World Superbikes to power into Silverstone Silverstone is gearing up to open its gates to one of the most exciting events of the year - the FIM Corona Extra Superbike World Championship on 26-28 May. The two-wheeled series is one of the biggest...

World Superbikes to power into Silverstone

Silverstone is gearing up to open its gates to one of the most exciting events of the year - the FIM Corona Extra Superbike World Championship on 26-28 May. The two-wheeled series is one of the biggest and best in the world, guaranteeing hardcore racing, dramatic overtaking, and non-stop action as some of the world's top riders go wheel-to-wheel in the battle to be crowned World Champion. Tickets are on sale now at www.silverstone.co.uk.

In addition to two spectacular Superbike races, fans will be treated to a world class package of support races at the world famous Northamptonshire based circuit, including the Supersport World Championship, the Superstock FIM Cup 1000 and the Superstock European Championship 600.

British hero, and former World Champion, James Toseland will be leading the British challenge, along with Chris Walker, on his PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse, and Craig Jones, riding for Foggy Petronas Racing. All three will be hoping to impress the fans and make the most of strong support on home soil. Winston Ten Kate Honda rider, Toseland, will be particularly keen to find the form and raw speed that saw him race away with the world title in 2004.

With Silverstone hosting round seven of the Championship the title will be wide open, and there's everything to play for as the Brits take on championship contenders from around the world, including reigning World Champion Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss (both Australia), Regis Laconi (France), Ruben Xaus (Spain), Frankie Chili (Italy) and the ‘Samurai of Slide', Noriyuki Haga (Japan).

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, commented: "The Corona Extra Superbike World Championship is one of our most exciting events of the season and is incredibly popular with the fans. If you ask spectators what they want to see most at a race, it's exactly that -- racing. Overtaking is one of the real draws of our bike events, especially when the battles are between so many of the world's top riders. "There is always considerable support for the British riders, which generates a fantastic atmosphere. We're thoroughly looking forward to another phenomenal weekend of entertainment for all the family."

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , Ruben Xaus , Chris Walker , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Craig Jones , Frankie Chili