This weekend's British Superbike round at Thruxton sees John Crockford joining regular rider Adrian Coates in the Padgett's Motorcycles British Superbike Team.

Crockford had been racing on the Roundstone Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superstock bike this season but a change of plans has left the Southampton rider free to graduate to the premier class as a last minute replacement for Marty Nutt.

"The Padgett's team have done an excellent job on the Suzuki," said the 29 year-old after his first test at Mallory this week, "the engine pulls like a train and it's so stable, it should really suit a fast circuit like Thruxton. This weekend just can't come quick enough for me!"

2001 British 250cc Champion Coates is also keen to take to the track again after a disappointing double-DNF at the previous Knockhill round. Having missed the early part of the season due to injury, the Ulsterman was quickly on the pace despite it being his debut year with the big four-strokes, and is now pushing hard to achieve his goal of regular top ten finishes.

Meanwhile, in the 125cc class, 2001 British 125 Champion Leon Camier will be hoping to repeat his Knockhill hole-shot which saw the Ashford teenager pulling away from the rest of the field. Hopefully this time without the massive slide that dropped him back to third place and in severe discomfort after intimate contact with his Honda's fuel tank!

Camier's ever improving teammate and 2001 BMCRC 125cc Champion Daniel Coutts will be aiming to make the most of his Padgett's Honda RS125 to break into the top 6 this weekend. After finishing 7th at Rockingham and 8th at Knockhill the Horsham schoolboy has his sights set firmly on a podium finish by the end of the year.



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