V&M Racing contests the twelfth round of the British Motorcycle championships at the new Rockingham Motor Speedway on Sunday, knowing a victory is essential if their hopes of retaining the British Supersport 600 title are to be realised.

With just two rounds of the British championships remaining, the gap between British Supersport 600 series leader Karl Harris and V&M rider Matt Llewellyn is now twenty-one points, leaving the Leicester under no illusion as to the task ahead.

"I realise I need two wins from the last two rounds to have any chance of securing the championship," Llewellyn said, "The bad luck I had at the last round at Mallory Park cost me dearly, and now the only option I have is to fight back and hope that lady luck smiles on me a bit more favourably in the remaining two rounds."

Team-mate David Jefferies will be aiming to keep his slender British Superstock championship hopes alive with a good performance around the all new circuit, after being thrown a life line at the last round when series leader, Paul Young, crashed out of the reckoning at Mallory Park.

"To be honest, we expected the championship to be all over at Mallory," Jefferies admitted, "But unfortunately for Paul Young, he was knocked off by another rider when he had one hand on the championship. The gap has closed down to thirty-eight points, which is still a tall order to pull back, but you just never know what might happen in the closing stages of a championship."

Team owner Jack Valentine is looking for a strong performance from his team at the Rockingham event.

"I'm hoping Matt and David can put in a couple of strong performances and we can get the results we need to keep the title hopes alive. The rest is down to how other riders perform at the circuit. It's a new venue so it's a level playing field, and no-one will have the advantage of superior circuit knowledge," he said.



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