Having notched up an outstanding record of achievement around the Masaryk Circuit in Brno over the years, Max Biaggi heads to this year's edition of the World Superbike race eager to continue his romp towards the 2010 title.
Four consecutive wins has seen Biaggi move 37 points clear of Leon Haslam in the overall standings making him the man to beat as the series heads to the Czech Republic for round nine.
Ominously for Biaggi's rivals, however, Brno has been a kind venue to the Italian in the past, not least in 2009 when he recorded Aprilia's first victory since its return to the series.
Indeed, since joining World Superbikes, Biaggi has never finished lower than fourth at the venue, while he was also a Czech Grand Prix winner in 500cc/MotoGP on three occasions.
Still, while the momentum very much on his side as he returns there once more, Biaggi is playing down his title hopes at this stage.
"To say the least, Brno is a track I like and that's no mystery for anyone, it's a track where I can really express my full potential and I have obtained a lot of important wins there,” he said.
“For sure I like to remember last year's, the first with Aprilia in Superbike. It was an important moment, because our bike was still in an early stage of development, but we got that great result anyway.
“Now that we have scored more wins we must not forget how much work has been put into the project by everyone all together, to reach this level of competitiveness.
"I really love racing at Brno, I enjoy the circuit and it is with this desire to compete that I will take to the track, trying to enjoy myself and to give 100%, as always. I believe that this is the right way to tackle the weekend.
“We are over half-way through the championship season, but it's still too early to start to make complicated calculations about the eventual outcome.”