Who will be the top Brit at Silverstone?


Following its return to the schedule in 2010, Silverstone plays host to the second British-based World Superbike Championship round of year this weekend, with six home-grown riders bidding to fly the flag in front of the local fans.

Last year, Silverstone proved a happy hunting ground for the British contingent, with Cal Crutchlow winning both races from pole position, Jonathan Rea notching up a pair of second place finishes, while Leon Haslam and Leon Camier claimed a third each.

It is form they may find tougher to repeat this time around, not least because Crutchlow has jumped to MotoGP and Rea continues to be sidelined through injury.

Even so, seven riders will still be courting plenty of attention this weekend – Leon Haslam, Leon Camier, Tom Sykes, James Toseland, Alex Lowes and Jon Kirkham, while we are also including Irishman Eugene Laverty, who is treating Silverstone as his adopted home event.

Of the septet, Laverty is best-placed in the overall standings in fourth and is considered something of a frequent podium challenger, even if he hasn't climbed aboard the rostrum since his double wins at Monza. Having won at Supersport level in 2010, he is confident he will be a contender this weekend.

Of the strictly British riders, Haslam and Camier appear the most likely candidates to front that bid, though the former has struggled to challenge towards the front of the field aboard the troublesome BMW, while the latter is still searching for some consistency.

Tom Sykes has shown great progress on the Kawasaki in recent races, though he too needs to turn it into regular top ten finishes, while James Toseland will be hoping some local inspiration will help him get to the end of a race weekend for the first time since Phillip Island back in February.

With Rea absent, Alex Lowes once again assumes his place at Castrol Honda, the BSB starlet hoping his knowledge of Silverstone will help him challenge higher up the order than he managed on his WSBK debut at Brno.

Finally, BSB race winner Kirkham will be making his first WSBK outing aboard the Samsung Crescent Suzuki, a fantastic opportunity for the youngster, who has come of age alongside John Hopkins in the national series this year.

But who do you think will be the top representative come Sunday evening at Silverstone?

For reference, Camier was the only British podium winner at Donington Park, yet only six per cent put their faith in the Aprilia rider when asked the same question pre-event, with Haslam (who was next best) getting the lion's share at 38 per cent.

Who will be the top Brit at Silverstone?








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