Silverstone, which will host the only British round of the World Superbike Championship next weekend, has announced that anybody who has purchased a ticket for the Friday, Saturday or Sunday will have free access to the paddock from 12:00 to 17:00hrs on Thursday 29 July.

In addition to soaking up the pre-event atmosphere, fans will be given rare access to the official pre-event Press Conference.

A number of the World Superbike riders, including championship leader Max Biaggi and the seven British riders, will be attending and providing their thoughts on the race weekend ahead.

The Press Conference will be followed by an autograph signing session, providing fans with an opportunity to meet their favourite WSBK riders.

The following riders will be present at Thursday's Press Conference:

o Aprilia Alitalia - Max Biaggi & Leon Camier
o Suzuki Alstare - Leon Haslam
o Hannspree Ten Kate Honda - Jonathan Rea
o Althea Ducati - Shane Byrne
o Ducati Xerox - Noriyuki Haga
o Yamaha Sterilgarda - James Toseland & Cal Crutchlow
o BMW Motorrad - Ruben Xaus
o Kawasaki Racing Team - Tom Sykes & Akira Yanagawa

Timings for Thursday 29 July:
o 12:00hrs World Superbike Paddock open to event ticket-holders
o 13:00hrs Official pre-event Press Conference
o 14:00 to 17:00hrs Autograph session