World Superbike legend Carl Fogarty is thrilled to see the Brits dominate at the front of the grid this season and tips Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam to slug it out for race wins this weekend at Donington Park.
The Leicestershire track hosts the British round of the World Superbike championship with the top four places in the riders' standings all occupied by British riders. Heading to Donington Rea leads the championship by 87 points ahead of Haslam with Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies following closely behind.
After five rounds every WSBK race has been won by an home nation rider and to demonstrate the UK's dominance, 26 of the 30 rostrums have gone to a British rider.
The four-time World Superbike champion is confident the likes of Rea, Haslam, Sykes and Davies will once again be at the sharp end and tips either Rea or Haslam as favourites for victory at Donington Park.
“I'm sure the top four or five riders in both races will be British. It's great to see so many Brits able to win races,” 'Foggy' said. “Fans going to Donington for the World Superbikes can be almost assured of British domination. These are the best riders Britain has to offer and they're absolutely dominant at the moment.
“I'm a big fan of Jonathan Rea and now he's on a bike that can win races, he's really showing what he is capable of. Leon Haslam is the local hero and I think they will be in the top-two, but I'm not sure in which order. It's going to be very tight and exciting.”
The 49-year-old says the circuit holds a special place in his memory after he claimed his first WSBK career victory at the circuit in 1992 as a privateer Ducati rider beating his factory rivals. In total, Fogarty has claimed five WSBK wins around Donington.
“I love Donington Park, it's my favourite circuit in the United Kingdom,” he added. “I had a lot of success and also a lot of drama there over the years The years seemed to be good, bad, good and so on, but it will always be the place where I got my first win in 1992.”
Donington Park is set to host round six of the 2015 World Superbike Championship on the 22-24 May.