The penultimate round of the British Supersport Championship sees the UK's premier 600cc motorcycle racing series make a welcome return to what is arguably Britain's best-loved circuit.

The championship last visited Brands Hatch in June and produced some thrilling racing around the 2.6-mile Grand Prix circuit. This time however, the riders will be doing battle on the frantic 1.23-mile Indy circuit.

Karl Harris may have wrapped the championship up two weeks ago at Cadwell Park, but the fight is still on for the remaining top positions. Many teams are hoping to end their season with a flourish, but none more so than Triumph ValMoto.

Team manager Jack Valentine is looking forward to tackling the fast and flowing Kent circuit and is hoping to capitalise on the advances he and his team of technicians and engineers have made since the first round in April.

"The last five months have been a whirlwind for everyone," he said. "We've had some great results, made real progress with the bikes and surprised quite a few people with how competitive we've been from the word go. It's been hard work and things haven't always gone our way but the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 is the best it's ever been now and I'm looking forward to the final two rounds.

"With only a few weeks left of the season we don't have time to do much more development work on the bikes. However, we've got a good package with the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 at the moment. The difference in performance and handling since we were last at Brands is tremendous and I'll be looking to my riders to give 100 per cent and try to get the best results of the season."

100 per cent could be Craig Jones' middle name. The 18-year-old Cheshire rider has pushed as hard as possible at every single round of the season but will be redoubling his efforts for the two final rounds of the 2003 championship.

"Things didn't quite go to plan for me at Cadwell Park," he said. "So, I'm desperate to do well this weekend. I won the Junior Superstock race on the Indy circuit last year, so I would say that I've got form there. I'm feeling pretty positive about my prospects in the race, so I just have to make sure that I qualify as far up the grid as possible."

Jim Moodie knows his way around the 1.23-mile track better than most. Like his Triumph ValMoto team-mate, he also notched up a great result in 2002 when he came second in the Supersport race.

"There's no doubt that things are going to be a lot better than last time we were here," said Moodie. "Brands' full circuit was probably our worst round of the season but we've come a long way since then. It's definitely not going to be easy but I'll be riding as hard as I possibly can."

 

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