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Rockingham cleared for practice

Published: 01 July 2003

There are still no bikes out on track at Rockingham since the cancellation of the first practice and qualifying sessions for round seven of the British Superbike championship.

Organisers are hopeful that the riders will be allowed out on the track for practice this afternoon but there will be no qualifying sessions. Grid position for the races will instead be decided by championship standings.

Circuit staff decided to paint the lines on the track on Friday morning leaving the surface too slippery to ride. This resulted in the cancellation of the first practice session on Friday when Dean Thomas crashed out within ten minutes of getting on the track (click the link on the right for the full story).

Workmen were brought out to try and prepare the track properly but officials inspected at 7am Saturday morning and decided it was still not safe.

Shot blasting equipment is now being used to try and get the paint back down to the original layer and make it safe to ride. There are four machine currently at work out on the circuit.

Fans that turned up to watch Saturdays qualifying sessions have been treated to an open paddock and an impromptu celebrity sports day as the riders play games of football and tennis to while away the time.

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