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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.

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