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Pro-Test boss hits back over BSB ban

A recent overseas testing ban imposed by British Superbike bosses has prompted Cartagena Pro-Test chief Barry Symmons to contact the European Parliament over the issue.

Symmons, who is a former Honda Racing manager, has been in touch with his own MP and those who sit in Europe to find out whether there is a case to answer over limiting trade and monopolies.

The Cartagena Pro-Test has, historically, formed a backbone of British riders testing before the season begins. Teams that are contracted to run in British Superbikes are no longer permitted to test BSB-spec bikes outside of the UK, but support class teams are.


"I have raised the testing ban with not only our own MP but also with a number of this countries' MEPs Where motorcycling has a much higher profile than in GB," said Symmons, speaking to bikesportnews.com this morning.

"As a result the matter has been referred to the EU commission for the internal market not only on the basis of limiting trade and EU citizens exercising their rights to do what they wish in their own free time, but additionally the possibility of a monopoly situation arising out of the fact that MSV own the majority of circuits but are also offering the three practice days at their own circuits in winter.

"I have now received copies of letters sent by Jim Nicholson to Michel Barnier and Malcolm Harbour of the European Commission for the internal Market and services and then European Parliament respectively."

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