BikeSafe 2016 takes over Rockingham

The 2016 National BikeSafe Show descended on Rockingham circuit over the weekend, with Police displays and track tuition stealing the limelight.

Organised by BikeSafe,a police led motorcycle project run by forces up and down the country, and Northamptonshire Highways the 2016 National Show encouraged riders to get involved with taster sessions to help improve their riding.

Assessed rides kicked the day off with police leading a number of riders out around the Northamptonshire countryside.

At the end of each ride out, police riders then offered feedback to those involved, giving tips and advice on how they could improve their riding.

But it didn’t stop there for those who got involved in the assessed rides, because they then got to go for a spin on the famous Rockingham track courtesy of the California Superbike School.

The famous track tuition team gave pillion laps and supervision for riders on track, with many of those involved riding on track for the first time.

Fire Brigade in action at National BikeSafe day

On the outer track

On the outer track, all eyes were on the police display teams with Northamptonshire police force demonstrating three car pursuits and how they use Stingers to catch anyone on the run.

Visitors also had the opportunity to hop into a police car for a free lap around the outer track with the blues and twos firing.

The police weren’t the only emergency service demonstrating their tricks of the trade either, with Northamptonshire Fire Brigade also running a number of demonstrations on how they respond to emergency incidents on the road.

In the paddock

The Rockingham paddock was absolutely rammed full of trade stalls as well as displays from the leading motorcycle manufacturers.

The likes of BMW, Triumph and Suzuki were all on hand with their latest bikes and bestselling models catching lots of admiring glances.

Skid bike in action at Rockingham

British Superbike presence

Rockingham is one of the tracks in the BSB calendar and the Gearlink Kawasaki team treated the crowds to flying laps.

It was a gentle reminder of the differences between those who were sampling the asphalt for the first time that they’re probably not as quick as they think they are.

Fans and visitors were also given the opportunity to chat with BSB riders, including Tommy Bridewell, with a meet and greet.

Rockingham was a hive of activity on Saturday with plenty for everyone to get stuck into and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.

And when you consider the fact that entrance was just £1, it’s no wonder that visitors arrived in their droves.

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