Posted: 09 Aug 2012
This weekend the World Superbike Championship boys headed to Silverstone, where we heard further rumours on the supposed move of Valentino Rossi to Yamaha, fuelling what we first suggested a few weeks ago. It wasn’t just the riders making news this weekend though, with the weather being a hot topic of conversation. Serious downpours made racing conditions treacherous and became a contentious issue with both the riders and championship organisers.
However, the weekend got off to a good start:
“Good morning everyone! How many of you will we be seeing at Silverstone on Sunday? #Can'tWait!”
@HOCgb and @MrsRettey both replied to say that they were going to be there all weekend and many of our followers even came and met us at the stand!
Later on, rumours about Rossi were rife, perhaps confirming our earlier prediction:
“RT @birtymotogp: Italian press say Rossi to Yamaha: Two year MotoGP project followed by a return with Yamaha to WSBhttp://bit.ly/RdpRBB"
Bennetts kept fans up to date by tweeting:
“Infront have just confirmed that the Portimao #WSBK round will be going ahead, despite alleged financial difficulties...”
The World Superbike riders were obviously in Olympic spirits, with John Hopkins looking to take up a career in gymnastics…
“Breaking News! @JHopper21 has decided to switch careers and will now be joining #TeamGB's mens gymnastic squad..http://yfrog.com/g01ebfzj”
“Great result for @JHopper21 in qualifying practice today - must have been his gymnastics yesterday! Good luck for this weekend Hopper#WSBK”
Olympic fever continued throughout the weekend with Team GB success filtering through to the WSBK paddock and British rider Tom Sykes in particular:
“Well done to Brit Tom Sykes for getting third in today's free practice.. #WSBK pic.twitter.com/MocrCgLj”
“Three Brits currently in the top 4.. #WSBK #comeonbrits”
James Toseland came across to the Bennetts stand on Sunday, where he was a popular attraction for passers by, and even stuck around to sign memorabilia for racing fans:
“@JamesMToseland is at our stand NOW! pic.twitter.com/sp6MRF9o”
Various followers managed to get a picture with JT; @DamoZX6R even got his marshalling bib signed while @MrsRettey thought “JT was looking a little bit lush”.
But the main headline for the weekend was the weather making racing difficult for all involved:
“Angry riders all around, was the race being let to go on for too long?”
@Debs_17 agreed with this suggestion, as did many others at the event: “Definitely......”
The decision not to red flag the race sooner proved unpopular with both riders and spectators alike:
“People in the garages are saying they held off red flagging the race till past the halfway point to avoid another restart... #WSBK”
@ws1098 replied: “well that sounds bad for race direction not the first time either germany last year riders waved an kept racing”
@McBaboon asked: “Surely they should r isk riders health for the show?” and @MotoGPLloydagreed:” Not right, safety should come first. Not TV schedule.”
With the exception of the weather, and the difficulties it presented, it was still a good weekend for WSBK, and all those who attended the event seemed to enjoy themselves.
With the MotoGP boys heading over to Indy in a couple of weeks, we’ll look forward to seeing another exciting weekend of racing as well as any gossip from the paddock. All of which you’ll be sure to hear from us first…