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Win one of five pairs of weekend tickets The British Superbike Championship at Thruxton

PUBLISHED: 16:59 22 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:59 22 July 2014

Copyright Ian Hopgood Photograph

Copyright Ian Hopgood Photograph

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The British Superbike Championship is revving up to speed into Hampshire’s home of motorsport – Thruxton Circuit near Andover – on 1-3 August.

The UK’s biggest and most spectacular bike racing series, BSB never fails to produce incredible racing at unbelievable speeds.

So far this year, the momentum has been with three-time champion and former MotoGP racer Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne. He has won an incredible six out of the ten races that have been held in 2014 aboard his Kawasaki and hasn’t finished below second place, but he has a huge gaggle of super-fast riders hunting him down for the championship lead.

One of the main challengers is another BSB triple champion – Japanese ace Ryuichi Kiyonari. After struggling to find form in recent seasons, the BMW rider won his first race since 2011 earlier in the year, and backed it up with a further victory at Brands Hatch. That rich run of results has elevated him to fourth in the standings and with his confidence high, ‘Kiyo’ will be firmly in contention at Thruxton.

Josh Brookes is pushing hard aboard his Yamaha to close the gap, with team-mate Tommy Bridewell hailing from just up the road in Etchilhampton and similarly well in the mix. Another MotoGP veteran, James Ellison, has also made a good start to 2014 with six podiums to-date, but a huge crash at Brands Hatch has left him with a fractured pelvis and in doubt for the crucial mid-season events.

Last year, it was Byrne who stole the show around the fastest circuit in Britain with an emphatic double triumph, but with the current championship leader off the rostrum for the first time this year in the last race, he’ll be under pressure to get back on form when battle resumes. Eventual 2013 BSB champion Alex Lowes also enjoyed a good weekend at Thruxton by scoring two podiums, but whilst he has since moved on to the World Superbike stage, a wealth of talent remains in Britain’s premier two-wheeled series.

It’s not just the main superbike class that will be speeding around Thruxton, either, as a whole host of supporting series will also take to the track over the course of the weekend. The National Superstock 1000 Championship never fails to thrill, with huge grids of more than 40 highly-tuned versions of road-going sports bikes generating tremendously close racing. Likewise, the Superstock 600 and Supersport classes are both hugely competitive, and for the latest crop of young guns, spectators should keep a close eye on the British Motostar class.

On the other side of the fence, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained at Thruxton with a shopping zone, trackside restaurant, skid pan and supercar displays.

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To be in with a chance of winning one of five pairs of weekend tickets answer the below question:

Q: Who has won the most BSB races of all time?

Competition closes at midday Tuesday July 29, 2014.

Send your answer along with your full contact details, quoting code, HMSB14 to competitions@hampshire-life.co.uk. Alternatively you can send your answer and full contact details to The British Superbike Championship competition, Hampshire Life - HMSB14, c/o Katie Tait, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1BB.

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Terms and conditions:

Competition closes at midday Tuesday July 29, 2014. The winners will be the first five entries selected at random from all correct entries received and notified within 48 hours of the competition closing date. Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Employees and relatives of Archant, the prize providing company or associated companies are not eligible to enter. Entries that are illegible, received after the closing date or not in accordance with all terms and conditions will be disqualified. Contact details of the winners will be passed to the prize providers in order for the tickets to be posted direct. Winners must be willing to take part in post-event publicity if necessary. In the event of the advertised prize being unavailable for whatever reason, Archant is not responsible and is not required to offer a prize of equal or greater value. UK entries only. Full Archant terms and conditions can be found on the Hampshire Life website.

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