British Superbike squad Buildbase BMW kept it quiet last week, when they completed a shakedown test at Mallory Park at 96dB.
Using the team's local circuit to test the new 2012 S1000RR under the latest BSB rules - including no traction control - team members Dan Linfoot and Barry Burrell circulated the Leicestershire track at a good pace during a Focused Events trackday, seemingly unhampered by the restricted noise output.
The circuit has recently introduced a 98dB restriction on Saturdays and the Buildbase team played it even safer as they killed the sound of their Superbikes down to 96dB, with a noise diffuser.
Focused Events owner Kevin Healy said, “It was great to have the Buildbase team here and a real eye opener for many people that the bikes could run so competitively at just 96dB. It goes to show that modern machines are developed as road bikes first and then modified for race use so restricting the noise doesn't kill the power.
“The message is, don't be put off by noise limits on trackdays, keep your bike legal, you'll have just as much fun and crucially, this will let circuits continue to host events even in sensitive areas.”
Mallory Park dropped off the British Superbike calendar in 2011.