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Superbikes take on city circuit

Superbike in Glasgow
About 20 top riders were taking part in the city centre exhibition

Some of the fastest motorbike racers in the world have given crowds a free exhibition in Glasgow.

The Superbikes spectacle saw 20 riders complete laps of a city centre circuit around George Square.

The event heralded the build up to Scotland's two biggest motor-racing weekends at Knockhill circuit in Fife.

The Scottish rounds of the British Superbike Championship take place this weekend. The British Touring Car Championship is held one week later.

The taster event in George Square, included drivers from saloon touring car racing, as well as jet pack performer Eric Scott from Texas who flew over city centre buildings.

Fans also got the chance to meet riders signing autographs and showcasing their machines in the "pit and paddock" area.

Car tribute

One of those taking part was Scottish motorcycling legend and three-time British Superbike champion, Niall Mackenzie.

He said: "I was here in Glasgow for the very first Superbikes in the square last year and loved it.

"The energy around the square from the crowds and the machines makes the hairs on your neck stand up.

"This is an absolutely unique event in the UK and Glasgow should be proud to host some showboating by easily the best riders and drivers in the world."

During the event the race car of David Leslie was due to be on show.

Organisers said it would be a "fitting tribute" to the Dumfries-born Touring Car star who died in a light aircraft crash earlier this year.


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