KNOW YOUR FLAGS

Motorcycle News (UK) - - BSB Preview -

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.

NEIL HODG­SON

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.

SHANE BYRNE

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)

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