There may not have been a single British rider in the Silverstone MotoGP race, but no less than seven home grown stars - plus local wildcards - will be aiming for a home World Superbike victory at the newly modified circuit on August 1.
In terms of championship points, the British hopes should be led by Suzuki Alstare's Leon Haslam and Ten Kate Honda's Jonathan Rea, who lie second and third in the standings behind Italian Max Biaggi (Aprilia).
With only three rounds of the season remaining after Silverstone, 27-year-old Haslam will be looking for strong results to try and close the 68-point gap on veteran Biaggi. Biaggi is a four-time 250cc World Champion and former MotoGP rider with an impressive ten race wins to his name this season.
“I am looking forward to Silverstone as it is the only time we get to race at home,” said Haslam. “With the new developments it is effectively a new circuit for everyone so there is no real track advantage, but hopefully the home advantage and the fans will give us a boost to get us onto the top step of the podium.
“My Dad and I had a couple of laps round the circuit on standard bikes when it was opened. I had a Formula One car driven by David Coulthard right behind me, so it was a bit nerve wracking, but it is an awesome layout and I can't wait to get racing round there. Should be good racing, high speed flowing corners and some good overtaking opportunities.”
Northern Irishman Rea will be feeling confident after an excellent weekend's racing at the last round in Brno, Czech Republic. The Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider won race one and took second place in race two.
“It felt so nice to win a race again,” he commented. “Our bike is difficult to take from track to track, but we definitely got the best out of it in Brno. Now I'm off to Japan for the Suzuka 8 Hour, but I'm looking forward to getting back in front of my home fans in a couple of weeks at Silverstone.”
Richard Philips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, is excited to be hosting another major international Championship so soon after MotoGP and Formula One.
“We are having an incredible summer at Silverstone and now really looking forward to having the World Superbikes back,” he said. “It is a very vibrant series with seven motorcycle manufacturers involved. With our seven British riders, plus some British wild-cards, there will be plenty of excitement for the fans.