World Superbikes heads to Silverstone

Derbyshire's Leon Haslam racing in the World Superbikes Championship Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The World Superbikes is back in action this weekend as Silverstone hosts the ninth round of the championship.

The Northamptonshire circuit made its return to the World Superbikes calendar in 2010 with a completely new layout.

Around 20,000 people are expected to attend Silverstone this weekend Credit: Jamie Duff/Press Association Images

Derbyshire-born rider, Leon Haslam, is currently 15th in the standings with 42 points.

Earlier this year, the 28-year-old suffered a major blow when he broke his leg at Assen, ruling him out of his home Grand Prix at Donington Park in May.

The rider, born in Smalley, was leading race one at Silverstone last year.

Haslam pushing his Honda World Superbike to the limits Credit: URBANANDSPORT/PA Archive/Press Association Images

I’m really looking forward to getting back to Silverstone. Last year, I was leading race one and we all got caught out on slick tyres while it was wet, which made it interesting.

This year will be special for me though because I missed my home race at Donington Park earlier in the season through injury.

Silverstone will be the only chance I get to ride in front of the British fans this year, so I hope as many as possible can come along and cheer us on.

– Leon Haslam

The paddock returns this weekend still mourning the loss of Italian rider Andrea Antonelli, who died in a crash at the last round in Moscow. More than 5,000 people attended his funeral in Perugia in Italy.

As well as Leon Haslam, four other British riders are competing in this year's series – Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea, and Leon Camier.

Tom Sykes heads to Silverstone sitting second in the standings with 235 points, only four behind leader Sylvain Guintoli.

Britain's Tom Sykes is currently second in the race standings Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Race schedule

Friday 2nd August - 11:45 - 12:30 - Free practice

Friday 2nd August - 15:30 - 16:15 - Qualifying practice

Saturday 3rd August - 09:45 - 10:30 - Qualifying practice

Saturday 3rd August - 12:30 - 13:15 - Free practice

Saturday 3rd August - 15:00 - 15:14 - Superpole 1

Saturday 3rd August - 15:21 - 15:33 - Superpole 2

Saturday 3rd August - 15:40 - 15:50 - Superpole 3

Sunday 4th August - 09:20 - 09:35 - Warm up

Sunday 4th August - 12:00 - Race 1

Sunday 4th August - 15:30 - Race 2