James Toseland has predicted there could be an all-British podium to celebrate during the Silverstone round of the World Superbike Championship as the large 'local' contingent look to impress on home ground.
With seven full-time riders making up around a third of the WSBK grid this year, the British event – which returns to Silverstone this year – has been much anticipated by riders and fans alike.
Furthermore, Toseland believes there is a strong chance that there could be a repeat of Assen when British riders locked out the podium positions in both races around the Dutch circuit.
“I've always had good support over the years and every British rider wants to do well at home. Hopefully we all have a great weekend and get some British riders on the podium. That's what it's all about - it's about getting a British rider on the podium at the British race.
“It seems a great layout. I watched MotoGP and they had a great race. There's a good five or six overtaking points for a bike. I'm looking forward to World Superbikes, especially with seven British riders. I think we've had five British riders on the podium this year. There's every chance that there will be three British riders on the podium at Silverstone, just like in Assen.
With MotoGP and Formula 1 having inaugurated the circuit in recent weeks, Toseland suggests the increased overtaking opportunities of the Arena layout should make the racing exciting.
“I've always had good results at Silverstone. I won on the Ducati here in '05 and was on the podium in '06. It's been a track I've done well on, so I'm looking forward to coming back here. With MotoGP, Formula 1 and British Superbikes, Silverstone has got all the major events now - it's nice to be on this kind of stage.”