The British Round of the Superbike World Championship in recent years has seen a considerable influx of wildcards and one-event entrants, anxious to display their undeniable prowess in front of a wider, more prestigious audience.
This year’s World SBK race, which takes place at the revised Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on the weekend of July 31/August 1, is no exception.
In the top class, the so-called ‘Magnificent 7′ World Superbike regulars will be joined by wildcard Tommy Bridewell on the Quay Garage Honda CBR1000RR, while two more Honda Fireblades will be entered for BSB regulars and occasional WSB entrants HM Plant Honda (photo) for Japan’s Ryuichi Kiyonari and Australian Josh Brookes.
In the World Supersport Championship race Chaz Davies and Gino Rea will be joined by wildcards James Westmorland (CAME Yamaha), twin brothers Sam (GNS Racing Honda) and Alex Lowes (Seton Yamaha), Christian Iddon (Parkalgar Honda), Jenny Tinmouth (Jenny Tinmouth Racing Honda), Max Hunt (Racelab Yamaha) and David Jones (UK1 Triumph).
Barry Burrell (Buildbase Kawasaki), Gavin Hunt (Sloppy Racing BMW), Peter Hickman (Enviro Racing BMW) and Victor Cox (Blackhorse Kawasaki) all fly the flag as wildcards in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, while regular Joshua Elliott (Racedays Kawasaki), who was fighting for the win at Brno, and wildcard Luke Mossey (UK1 Yamaha) will be the British representatives in the European Superstock 600 Championship race.