BAD WEATHER CAUSES CHAOS
The British Superbike series hadn’t seen a fully wet race in 2017 and it showed with many riders and teams way out with their settings at Silverstone.
Two out of the three races were held in inclement conditions causing a major headache for race bosses.
There was controversy over Saturday’s opening race with half of the 3.6-mile circuit sodden after a storm and the other half practically dry. Some riders asked race boss Stuart Higgs to delay the start to see if it would dry. However, with most riders wanting to race, the action went ahead, much to the displeasure of five-time British Champion Shane Byrne who blasted race direction afterwards.
Sunday’s final race also proved contentious with the wet track so slippery that just seven riders (out of the 22 starters) finishing.
The race, which was the final Showdown decider, was red-flagged at two-thirds distance when the result could be declared and only one Showdown contender, Dixon, remained in the field.