Jon Kirkham says he is determined to make the most of his breakthrough British Superbike opportunity following a handful of career false starts.

Having last competed at Superbike level in 2009 with a handful of outings on the Jentin Yamaha, Kirkham revived his reputation with a superb turn on a BMW in the 2010 National Superstock 1000 Championship.

That performance duly earned him a chance to return to Superbikes with Crescent Suzuki, which is also benefitting from the investment of his personal sponsor Samsung.

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Joining forces with former MotoGP rider John Hopkins, Kirkham is thrilled to be starting the 2011 season with a front running team.

"Brands is going to be a weekend of reckoning, that's for sure," he said. "The team has worked hard to give me all the support I've needed in coming to terms with the BSB environment. As a result I'm in a far stronger position coming into the season than I thought possible just three months ago.

"The pre-season testing has been very thorough and by staying dedicated to the task I'm arriving at Brands Hatch with lap times that have surprised even me. Of course, there's a big difference once we're all on track together - that's when the gloves come off - but I could n't be in a better position than the team has got me to right now."