Karl Harris assault on the 2003 British Supersport Championship got off to the perfect start, after he set pole position on the way to winning the first round at Silverstone.

The Honda Racing CBR600RR is a new model for 2003 but its title winning potential was confirmed when Padgett Honda team-mates John Crockford and Adrian Coates clinching second and fifth positions respectively in what is an ultra-competitive class.

However, it was Harris who stole the show with the kind of awe-inspiring performance of skill and determination that saw him lift the British Supersport Championship two years ago. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman knows what it takes to win one of the most challenging titles in motorsport, which he hopes will give him an advantage over the 12-round series.

"I just take it race by race," explained Harris. "It may seem strange to some people, but I just block the last race and any thought of the championship out of my mind. It was great to win the first round and I know that the level of competition is high - but that's as far as it goes for me. The CBR600RR is a brand new machine and so my only thoughts are concentrated on how we can continue to develop the bike and look towards the next round at Snetterton.

"The Norfolk track isn't one of my favourite circuits and I've never enjoyed a great deal of success there. However, I'll be putting all of that behind me this weekend and giving it 110 per cent - I can't do much more than that," added Harris. "It's quite a boring track and the two long straights mean that you need a fast bike and a lot of nerve.

"There are also a few difficult corners to challenge even the most accomplished rider and I find the tight chicane at the end to be the hardest. Fortunately, Honda Racing has given me the best package to suit Snetterton and so I'll be looking for another win and a strong points finish."



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