The season opener of the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup takes place this weekend at Silverstone circuit. The one-make series features the Ducati Panigale 959 and is a closely-contested series that offers riders fantastic exposure at British Superbike rounds. The championship celebrates its 10th year of racing with a 30 strong grid for the first of its eight rounds.
Amongst the 30, will be reigning champion Rob Guiver, (Premier Security/Ducati Romford Racing) who dominated last year’s series winning by 102 points. Guiver will be looking to retain his title but will be hard pushed by Sean Neary (SMC Racing) who finished third in last year’s championship and a string of other contenders including Phil Atkinson (JWF Motorsport/ Dijon Flooring), Sam Middlemas (Boast Plumbing/Salus Approved Inspectors and Josh Wainwright (BPS Racing).
Mark Cheetham (Highsparks Motorsport) is the only rider to have competed in all 10 years of the championship and is not to be underestimated as his wins at Donington and Brands Hatch last year show. Jack Thompson joins Cheetham in the Highsparks team for his first season in the Cup.
Steve Plater will again be the series ambassador passing on his experience and knowledge from his experience of racing the British circuits. Steve is a former British Supersport champion as well as NW200 and Senior TT winner.
The 2019 championship now includes a prize fund and trophy for riders further down the field sponsored by R&G. R&G the leaders in crash protection and suppliers of the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup will sponsor the new R&G Shield. To qualify for the Shield entrants must not have finished finished in the top 10 of a BSB class Entrants must decide before the season starts whether they wish to compete in the Shield (if they are eligible) or the in the main TriOption championship.
The Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup takes place over 8 rounds and 16 races as a support series in the British Superbike Championship beginning at Silverstone circuit (19-21 April) and concludes at the TT circuit Assen (20-22 September)