AS the BSB circus rolled into Thruxton over the weekend thousands of local fans turned out to watch their heroes in action, writes Tim Crisp.

For the local riders and locally based teams it’s an opportunity to race at one of the the fastest circuits in the country, where some of the bikes can top over 200 mph.

Amesbury based rider Mark Piper, on his R6 Yamaha, was racing in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship. He finished in 26th place after his 14 lap race around the ultra fast 2.35 mile Thruxton Circuit.

In the Dickies British Supersport Championship Spirit race on Saturday, the Salisbury based Gearlink Team Riders of Andrew Irwin and Benjamin Currie had mixed results, with Irwin crossing the line in sixth place, while Currie failed to finish the 10 lap race.

On Sunday it was a battle up the final bend for Irwin, who got pushed out at the club Chicane in the 12 lap feature race.

A seventh place finish for Currie gained him more championship points.

In the BSB races rider James Westmoreland, on his Gearlink Kawasaki 1000cc bike, who rides for the Salisbury based team, was looking to better his last outing.

In race one Westmoreland finished in 18th position, ahead of riders such as Michael Laverty on a factory Yamaha. In race two on Sunday, Westmoreland secured the final point finish in 15th place.

The next outing is at Cadwell Park on Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20.