1997 MCN British Superbike Championship

In a repeat of 1996 Niall Mackenzie topped the standings again, backed up by his Yamaha teammate - this time Chris Walker. Both riders had the speed to win, but while Mackenzie was a consistent winner Walker endured pain and hardship to prove himself a match for the reigning champion. A crash while leading at the second round cost him 25 points and broke both his ankles, but still didn't stop him winning just two weeks later at Snetterton. Walker even salvaged 11th place by remounting a wrecked bike after a final lap crash at Brands Hatch; 2nd in the standings was hard-earned. Newly introduced for 1997, the Privateers Cup awarded additional points, prizes and press coverage to riders not fortunate enough to receive manufacturer support. Ray Stringer comfortably won the new class on an immaculately-prepared Kawasaki, and even scooped up Steve Hislop into his Sabre Airways team after Hislop's dismissal from Ducati.

DateRd.CircuitEvent NameResults
1997-04-131Great Britain Donington ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-04-272Great Britain Oulton ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-05-113Great Britain SnettertonMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-06-224Great Britain Brands Hatch (Indy)MCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-07-065Great Britain ThruxtonMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-07-206Great Britain Oulton ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-07-277Great Britain Mallory ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-08-108Great Britain KnockhillMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-08-259Great Britain Cadwell ParkMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-09-1410Great Britain Brands HatchMCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!
1997-09-2811Great Britain Donington Park (Natl.)MCN British Superbike ChampionshipGO!

Can You Help?

The following official data is currently missing:

1997-04-13 Donington Park: All sessions

1997-04-27 Oulton Park: Free Practice 1

1997-05-11 Snetterton: Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1997-06-22 Brands Hatch (Indy): Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1997-07-06 Thruxton: Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1997-07-20 Oulton Park: Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 1, Qualifying 2

1997-07-27 Mallory Park: Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Free Practice 3, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1997-08-10 Knockhill: All sessions

1997-08-25 Cadwell Park: Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Free Practice 3, Warm-Up, Race 1, Race 2

1997-09-14 Brands Hatch: Free Practice 2, Race 1, Race 2

1997-09-28 Donington Park (Natl.): Free Practice 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

Copies of any of this information would be greatly appreciated. If you have any additional information about this season's races or riders, please contact me!