KNOW YOUR FLAGS
We all know the red flag spells trouble with a race being stopped, but what about all the other flags you might see the BSB race marshals using? Our handy guide will make sure you’re the ultimate flag guru… GREEN, WAVED Indicates the course is clear at the end of a controlled area and course is clear to resume racing speed. It is also waved for the first lap of each practice, sighting lap and warm-up lap.
YELLOW AND RED STRIPED Deterioration of adhesion (eg oil, water or debris) on the track.
RED WITH DIAGONAL WHITE CROSS The safety car has been deployed. Riders must reduce speed slowly and line up in order behind the car until racing resumes. Overtaking is strictly forbidden during a safety car period.
BLUE Waved to alert a rider who is about to be overtaken or lapped by a faster rider.
CHEQUERED The finish of a race or practice session.
YELLOW, STATIONARY Danger, slow down, no overtaking.
YELLOW, WAVED Imminent danger, slow down, no overtaking, be prepared to stop. Riders are subject to yellow flag restrictions until they pass a green flag. If a rider overtakes under a yellow flag situation, they can receive a time penalty or be docked positions.
WHITE, WAVED Informs riders that a slow moving vehicle is on the track (eg an ambulance) and no overtaking is allowed.
RED The race or practice session has been interrupted and subsequently stopped. All riders must slow down immediately and return to pit lane.
BLACK WITH ORANGE DISC Shown alongside a rider’s number, means that rider must pull off the track and stop usually because of a mechanical fault.
YELLOW WITH A BLACK CROSS Start of the last lap.
BSB CHAMPION 2000
Hodgson’s skills saw him move on to the world scene while still a teenager. But when his progression stalled, he returned to BSB to rebuild his career. His 2000 title-winning success was a down-to-the-wire scrap with Chris Walker. Hodgson then retuned to WSB, winning the title in 2003.
BSB CHAMPION 2003, 2008, 2012, 2014
With four BSB crowns to his name, Shane Byrne is the most successful rider in the series’ history. Through his combination of natural talent, mental toughness and an unrelenting work ethic, Byrne is the benchmark in BSB and he’ll be gunning for title number five in 2016. (see page 2)