STP-JHS Racing admit they will be under pressure to perform well during the latest round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch due to the presence of motorcycling legend Giacomo Agostini.

As the only team on the grid using MV Agusta machinery, STP-JHS are keen to impress Agostini, who became synonymous with the brand after winning many of his world championships with them.

Having welcomed Michael Howarth to the team for the first time at Mallory Park, team principal Jon Strike is confident they will prove more competitive around the Kent circuit.

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"Mallory Park provided an ideal opportunity for Michael to familiarise himself with the MV Agusta and his lap times continued to improve all weekend. He was unlucky not to finish either race having pulled into the pits for some minor adjustments just prior to both races being red flagged."

"We have the added pressure of the presence of MV Agusta legends Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read at Brands hatch this weekend, so we have to ensure that we deliver something on track.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control this season has not gone as anticipated so, we are looking to kick start our season this weekend and deliver some solid results from here until Oulton Park. We can then start to plan for 2010 and the brand new MV Agusta F5, which should be unveiled later this year."