With just three rounds of the 2001 British motorcycle championships remaining, the V&M Racing Team's challenge will be shifting up a gear, as the series moves on to the Mallory Park circuit in Leicestershire, where the eleventh round of the Country's premier series takes place on Sunday 16 September.

With only ten points separating the top four in the British Supersport 600 championship, V&M Racing's Matt Llewellyn, from Leicester, is looking to make home advantage count. And a win at his local circuit, would set himself up for the final championship showdown on his R6 Yamaha, in the season's remaining two races.

"I'm aiming to come away from Mallory Park with the gap even closer at the top of the table," he said. "With just three rounds left in this years championship, I know I have to stack up more points than the rest of them to win the British title. If I can take a win at Mallory it's going to close things up a lot.

Teammate David Jefferies is looking to consolidate his second place in the British Superstock series, after a disappointing weekend at the last round at Brands Hatch. The Yorkshireman's R1 Yamaha struggled to keep pace with some of his nearest championship rivals, but he is confident it should be a different story at Mallory Park.

"The secret to a fast lap around Mallory is down to one corner - Gerards," said Jefferies. "The corner just goes on and on forever, and if you can get it just right it can not only set you up for a fast lap, but also set you up to pass other riders going into the esses. You can be certain I'll be aiming to take advantage of that manoeuvre."

Team owner Jack Valentine is well aware that the British Supersport 600 title could be won or lost at this weekends Mallory meeting. "It's a fact that this weekend could play the deciding factor in our championship chances," he admitted, "but we know what both Matt and the bike are capable of, and if he can get a good result this weekend the championship's there for the taking."

"As for David's chances in the British Superstock series. He just needs to stay focused on defending his second place in the championship. Its common knowledge the new Suzuki's have the edge this year, but he has never given up the fight, and won two races on the Yamaha. Who knows he may even make it three before the season's over," added Valentine.