Who will be the top Brit at Donington Park?


Donington Park makes a welcome return to the World Superbike Championship schedule this weekend with the usual bevy of British talent bidding to command the local fans' plaudits.

Indeed, while the British contingent is well regarded all-year round, they are particularly feared by continental rivals on home soil, not least this season where the temperatures are expected to favour those who plied their early motorcycling trade in the cooler climes of the UK racing scene.

Even so, while British fans are likely to divide their loyalty equally to each of their local heroes, there will always be some 'inter-national' rivalry amongst the riders themselves.

In all, five will be competing – a quarter of the field -, though this discounts the injured James Toseland and includes Eugene Laverty, who races under the Irish flag but is treating Donington Park as his adopted home event.

Currently Leon Haslam leads the British field in the standings following his podium at Phillip Island. More local than most, Haslam's father Ron used to run a racing school at Donington Park.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Rea will look to overcome his Phillip Island difficulties with a strong performance this weekend. The Ulsterman is the only one of the British riders riding for the same team in 2011 and he did in 2009.

A fine Superbike debut at Phillip Island gives Yamaha's Laverty high hopes for Donington Park, with a podium in the offing, while Leon Camier is feeling confident having overcome his bout of glandular fever.

Finally, Tom Sykes will bid to give the new Kawasaki a better showing at Donington Park after a solid, but fairly unspectacular, debut in Australia.

Five riders, five different bikes – but who do you think will the home favourite come Sunday…?

Who will be the top Brit at Donington Park?






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