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Superbike stars back safety campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:08 17 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:02 22 October 2010

Top-class riders joined a road safety campaign yesterday in a bid to reduce the number of motor cycle accidents on East Anglia's roads.

Top-class riders joined a road safety campaign yesterday in a bid to reduce the number of motor cycle accidents on East Anglia's roads.

Members of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship urged bikers to 'THINK!' and brush up on their skills at this weekend's racing at the Snetterton circuit.

Thousands of riders will be descending on Norfolk's biggest motor cycle racing event tomorrow.

And professional bikers, team bosses, and safety officials will be urging enthusiasts to celebrate their passion by improving their skills at 'The Academy' stand.

Two years ago, 71 bikers died and a further 616 were seriously injured on roads in the east of England.

Former triple Superbike champion John Reynolds said a rider was never too experienced to ignore government safety messages.

“I wouldn't dream of racing at speed without hours of practice on the track and my bike and gear being fully checked by my team. However, this luxury is not available before a road ride, which is why I support The Academy.

“I am backing it because as a rider you never stop learning and there are some top experts involved with some great advice,” he said.

The Department for Transport THINK! campaign provides inform-ation on vital safety equipment, advice on maintaining motor cycles, and riding tips on how to navigate junctions and rural roads safely.

Stephen Ladyman, road safety minister, said: “Motor cycling is a great way to get around, but I know from first-hand experience how vulnerable riders can be on our busy roads.

“Riders need to make themselves clearly visible to drivers and think seriously about getting extra training to brush-up on their riding skills,” he added.

For more information, visit www.themotorcycleacademcy.co.uk.


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