Cal Crutchlow is eyeing a bit of history repetition when the Bennetts British Superbike Championship reaches Cadwell Park, the circuit where he secured his first Supersport victory.
Crutchlow comes to the Lincolnshire circuit, which is also local to his HM Plant Honda team, eager to get back on form after an incident-ridden event Knockhill, a round that saw him fall in the first race and start on the wrong tyres for the second.
Nonetheless, while his title hopes have all but been dashed with eight races remaining, Crutchlow retains second place, albeit only just, from a resurgent Tom Sykes.
Still, while Cadwell Park has not often been so kind to HM Plant, particularly alongside Airwaves Ducati, Crutchlow is confident he can get back to winning ways this weekend.
“I love Cadwell Park. It's a wonderful and very special track for me. The layout is exciting, there's the thrill of the jump over The Mountain and it's glorious to race there, even if it is a little narrow.
“I took my first Supersport win there a few years back, and I hope one day to carry that success through to the Superbike class too. It's also a track where it's very important to HM Plant Honda to do well, as our team HQ and workshop is in Louth just down the road.”
Team manager Havier Beltran is also feeling buoyed ahead of Cadwell Park following Leon Haslam's win at Knockhill, although he admits he would like to see some consistent weather first.
“The weather is looking OK for the weekend which is positive. I think the fans, riders and teams alike are fed up of the changeable conditions throughout each day and over each weekend! We want sunshine... Leon and Cal are both up for it and they've both now won races on their HM Plant Honda Fireblades.
“Leon has had good results in the past at Cadwell, Cal too, so that's very positive. We know the circuit well. It's a circuit with plenty of character and it's great for spectators as they can see most parts of the circuit and can get close to the riders.”