Newly crowned double World Supersport champion Andrew Pitt admits it'll 'feel weird' to race this weekend with the title already decided, but aims to set the tone for 2009 by claiming his sixth victory of the season at the brand new Portimao circuit.
"There were some crazy days after we tied up the championship in Magny-Cours - phone calls and emails to answer, and some interviews to get through - but it was a great feeling," said the Australian.
"I spent a few days in the UK and I've just been chilling and looking forward to riding this new track at Portimao. Because it's so new, I have a feeling it might be a bit like Qatar in that there'll be one racing line because of all dust and dirt on the track, but it's the same for everyone, so we'll wait and see.
"It'll feel weird turning up for a race without any pressure - a bit like the BSB round we did at Donington. But we'll try to set the tone for next season with a win," added Pitt, who will remain with Hannspree Ten Kate Honda in World Supersport next season.
Pitt will be joined by his 2009 team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu this weekend, after the Turk - the 2007 WSS champion -switched places with Jonathan Rea.
Rea has been given Sofuoglu's Ten Kate WSBK seat for 2009.