Snetterton BSB to go ahead this weekend after death of Queen Elizabeth II

A revised schedule has been published by the British Superbike Championship for this weekend's race at Snetterton, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Jason O'Halloran - McAMS Yamaha

The British Superbike Championship has revised its schedule for this weekend's race, which is taking place at Snetterton. 

The revised schedule is in response to the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022. The protocols of the United Kingdom in the event of the death of a sitting monarch have meant that sporting and public events which were due to take place this weekend have been cancelled or postponed. This includes Premier League football matches, BBC Proms, horse racing. 

The full revised timetable can be found below.

It has also been confirmed that the race will take place. At the time of the original announcement of the revised schedule this morning at 09:30, it was unclear whether the event would take place as others were cancelled. However, a statement released by the British Superbike Championship confirms that the race will "take place as planned." 

The statement reads:

"The British Motorcycle Racing Community is united in paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen\ Elizabeth II for her life of service and unparallelled contribution to the United Kingdom.

"Following the publication of the Cabinet Office guidance this morning and afte consultation between the Motorcycle Circuit Racing Control Board, the series promoter/organiser, and participating teams, the Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Snetterton will take place as planned this weekend.

"A number of special procedures will be implemented as a mark of respect, and as well silent tributes will take place on the starting grid before the Superbike races on Saturday and (the first race on) Sunday.

"All teams and riders will be invited to wear black armbands and/or display emblems to appropriately respect the passing of Her Majesty the Queen."

Snetterton is set to be round nine of the 2022 British Superbike Championship, the final round before the beginning of the Showdown. 

Although, before the previous round at Cadwell Park, the top eight Showdown contenders looked set, a difficult weekend for Tarran Mackenzie and Kyle Ryde and two wins for Danny Buchan mean that, going into Snetterton, there is still a lot to play for. Buchan is just 14 points behind Ryde, who in turn is only eight points behind Mackenzie, and with three races this weekend there is plenty of scope for Buchan to snatch a place from either of the two Yamaha riders.

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