Bennetts Suzuki will run a special Barry Sheene livery this weekend at Brands Hatch for round seven of the MCE British Superbike championship, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sheene's maiden world title.

The one-off livery takes inspiration from the famous colours which adorned Sheene's Suzuki XR14 when he claimed the 1976 world title and both Ryuichi Kiyonari and Tommy Bridewell will run the livery at the Kent circuit.

This weekend also marks 40 years since Sheene claimed victory in the last international Hutch 100 race which ran anticlockwise around Brands Hatch.

Along with the special livery, Sheene's 1976 and 1977 world championship machines will also be on display at Brands Hatch

"Like so many, Barry Sheene was a hero of mine and the reason I got into bike racing," Martin Halsall, Bennetts Suzuki team owner, said. "I remember lusting after Suzukis through the glass of the dealership in Bolton when I was younger, and I was really keen to come up with a way of doing something special this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his first world title.

"Having been such a fan, and having watched the bikes race in those colours in the '70s, it's going to be really special to make this happen and see our bikes race in the same iconic livery."

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