With the biggest motocross event of the year - the 2008 Motocross of Nations - just over a week away, Mark Eastwood, manager of Team GB, is confident that thousands of British fans will not be leaving Donington Park on 28th September disappointed.

Yesterday (Thursday) the squad spent a day together, during which the three team members - Billy Mackenzie, Tommy Searle and Shaun Simpson - spent time in the gym training, doing some motocross practice out on track (with the exception of Mackenzie, who was resting his damaged ribs), followed by an evening meal and some karting entertainment.

"The riders will be very disappointed if they do not get onto the podium and they are incredibly determined to give the thousands of fans something to cheer about," said Eastwood.

"Tommy has been very strong all year and with his two victories in Italy last weekend, he couldn't have finished his world championship season off any better.

"Shaun has been very consistent all year and whilst he is excited to be part of the Team for the first time he is also very relaxed, a must if you are going to be quick.

"Billy has sat the motocross training out today, purely to give his ribs time to recover from the two days of 'abuse' they received in Italy, but he is confident for Hawkstone Park [this weekend], so Donington will certainly not be a problem."

"With the three riders we have this year I'm excited about the prospects of the Team, this is probably the best chance we have had of climbing to the top step of the podium for the first time in a decade," declared Brian Higgins, chairman of the ACU Motocross Committee

This weekend sees the final round of the ACU British Motocross Championship, where both Mackenzie and Simpson are expected to secure title success in their respective classes.

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