Martin's landed: Hot or not in 2005...

In the latest edition of his latest monthly column on, newly signed Foggy Petronas rider Steve Martin takes a look at his main competition for the upcoming 2005 World Superbike championship – and updates us on his pre-season activities...

It's at this time of year when you start looking at who the competition might be for the new Superbike World Championship season, so here are my thoughts on who I think the major players will be - in no particular order:

Karl Muggeridge: I don't think he will find it as easy to win this year as he has done for the last couple of seasons in Supersport. Although people talk about how fast and cut-throat the 600 class is I really don't think that people realise how hard the top Superbike guys push.

Chris Vermeulen: This is his year to prove what he can do in the big class. Last year he was the only guy on the Honda which meant that at tracks where the Ducati 999 was very difficult to ride he had a definite advantage.

Troy Corser: In with a chance to win this year. It is no secret that the Suzuki is a top bike - I thought Lavilla should have won a race on it in 2003. In 2005, Troy has everything in place to win.

Regis Laconi: Mad French guy, so who knows what will happen!? I think he will win a few. His problem this year is that there are a lot more bikes with a similar competitiveness.

James Toseland: To win a second time James needs to ride like he rode at Magny-Cours and Imola last year. I hope he figures out how to do it.

Ben Bostrom: This will be Ben's first year with control tyres which means he won't have the advantage that he's been used to having in the past. But Renegade is a top team and they are in it to win it.

Noriyuki Haga: He did the best job last year and should have been the champion. Having said that, the Yamaha has yet to do anything spectacular in Superbike form.

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Steve Martin tests his new Foggy Petronas FP1 (pic: Kel Edge).
Carl Fogarty with 2005 FPR riders Garry McCoy and Steve Martin.
Steve Martin tests his new Foggy Petronas FP1.
Martin Depper (GBR) Pirtek Racing Honda Civic
Steve Day and the British Eurosport team (pic: Steve Day).
Steve Day and the British Eurosport team (pic: Steve Day).
Steve Martin, Misano WSBK 2012
McWilliams, Steve Martin, Whitham, Donington WSBK 2012
Martin Bauer - KTM 1190 RC8 [pic credit: KTM Racing]
Steve Parrish, 2011 Castrol Honda WSBK team launch [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Ichiro Yoda, KHI, Steve Guttridge, Paul Risbridger, Paul Bird, Launch of 2011 Kawasaki ZX10R, German WSBK 2010
Steve Guttridge, Ichiro Yoda, KHI,  German WSBK 2010
Ichiro Yoda, KHI, Paul Risbridger, Steve Gutteridge, Paul Bird, Launch of 2011 Kawasaki ZX 10, German WSBK 2010
Steve Guttridge, German WSBK 2010
Steve Guttridge, German WSBK 2010
Steve Guttridge, German WSBK 2010
Steve Martin, Spanish WSBK 2010
Steve Martin, Spanish WSBK 2010

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