FANS of the Bennetts British Superbikes are set to enjoy a special treat when it makes its way to Knockhill Racing Circuit next weekend.

The iconic championship returns to West Fife for round four from Friday June 14 to Sunday June 16 during the venue's 50th anniversary year.

Thousands of spectators are expected to descend on Scotland's national motorsport centre for one of the biggest events in its annual calendar, which is regarded as the world's leading domestic bike competition, for three days of top class wheel-to-wheel action.

It will feature some of the world's best riders with 180mph British Superbikes, as well as a support package including Supersport 600s, Superstock 1000s and much more.

Stuart Gray, director of events at Knockhill, said they have something special to mark their half century.

He explained: "At the Superbikes, we're having a 50th anniversary 'super prix', so there's going to be grand prix bikes from the 70s and 80s with notable riders from that era.

"There was an event at Goodwood with the grand prix bikes taking part, and I emailed the entry list to the guy who is helping me bring all this to Scotland, and he said the interest in Knockhill is far better, far more quality, better bikes, better riders.

"It's going to be something the likes of which Knockhill's never seen before, to have actual grand prix bikes from the era from when the circuit was built. It's going to be really special."

Niall Mackenzie, a three-time winner of the British Superbike Championship who, earlier this year, had the main drive into the circuit named in his honour, will be amongst those taking part.

In addition, spectators can catch a glimpse of the bike that Scot Bob McIntyre rode on his way to becoming the first man to lap the Isle of Man mountain course at over 100mph.

His record-setting machine, a 1957 type 500 Quattro Gilera, will be shown within the TZ racing marquee and is one of four bikes used by McIntyre, whose family have the third corner at Knockhill named after them.

Gates open on Friday June 14 at 8am, with the first race at 10am, whilst they will open at 7am on Saturday and Sunday, with racing underway at 2pm and 12.15pm respectively.

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