Cal Crutchlow is determined to give his home fans a day to remember at the British MotoGP at Silverstone on Sunday.
The Tech 3 Yamaha rider left Brno in the Czech Republic empty-handed after a spill thwarted his chances, although Crutchlow re-joined the race and eventually finished in 17th place.
The Coventry star had showcased his pace by securing the second pole position start of his career and is confident he has the speed to 'challenge at the front' this weekend.
“Brno wasn't the best preparation for my home race at Silverstone, but I go there knowing I have the pace and that I can be challenging at the front,” said Crutchlow.
“I am really excited for Silverstone and I know the support from the British fans will be incredible, so hopefully I can give them something to cheer about.”
Crutchlow is one of three riders aiming to impress at their home round in the blue riband MotoGP class, with team-mate Bradley Smith plus Northern Irishman Michael Laverty on the PBM CRT machine also hoping to rise to the occasion.
British fans also have plenty to look forward to in the Moto2 race, with Scott Redding leading the world championship.
Smith, who crashed out at Brno after qualifying sixth, said: “It's been a fantastic year for British riders in MotoGP this season with Cal, Scott and myself getting some great results.
“We get one big chance to show the British fans how well we have done and that's at the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
“It's the biggest race of the season for all of us in front of those home fans who have been brilliant this season. Bring it on.”
Laverty finished outside the points at Brno but has plenty of experience at Silverstone and hopes his course knowledge will boost his chances.
“Silverstone will be the first circuit on the calendar that I have intimate knowledge of,” he said.
“Combine this with the home support from family, friends and the fans, it promises to be a great weekend.
“There is a great buzz surrounding the event this year, and I can't wait.”