The 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship bursts into life this Easter weekend (6-9 April) as Swan Yamaha’s Tommy Hill starts his title defence at his home round of Brands Hatch at an extended four day season opener in Kent.

The championship sees an international field of world class riders who have their sights on snatching the coveted number one plate including ‘Samurai of Slide’ Noriyuki Haga, who will make his much-anticipated debut with Swan Yamaha.

Grand Prix race winner Anthony West joins the fray with the Italian Supersonic Racing team but home heroes such as Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Michael Laverty plus Australian Josh Brookes all have their sights set on the title after missing out last season.

The Easter event will also be the first time you can see the new Ducati Panigale race as Moto Rapido and Jentin Doodson Motorsport debut the exotic new Superbike. And you won’t miss any of the action on the Indy circuit!

Advance adult tickets for raceday cost from £25 online in advance with children aged 12 and under free. For more information and to book visit or call 0843 453 9000.


To celebrate the start of the new MCE British Superbike Championship season we have teamed up with reigning champions Swan Yamaha to give you the chance to win a pair of raceday (9 April) tickets. We have five pairs of tickets to give away and one winner will also be given an exclusive grid walk on raceday courtesy of Swan, manufacturing a range of high quality filter tips, rolling papers, matches and lighters.

To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question: What is Noriyuki Haga’s nickname?

A) The Blade B) Samurai of Slide C) Shakey All entries must be received by Friday 30th March 2012.

Send your entry on a postcard, including your name address and a daytime contact number to: Mike Long Pirelli, BSB Competition, Newsquest Media, 7th Floor - Southside Brettenham House, Lancaster Place, London WC2E 7EN. Or email:

All applicants must be over 18