Piranha Racing rider Simon Andrews is confident that he has the team and the bike to take him to the top step of the podium at this weekend's British Supersport season opener at Silverstone.

Andrews had a stunning 2003 Supersport season that included - four podiums, eight front row grid starts, a lap record and the distinction of being the only rider to score points at every outing on his way to third place in the championship.

Andrews is now totally focussed on that elusive first race win to set-up his championship campaign.

"There's no doubt that the competition this season is going to be even tougher than last year. But I know that Dave Parry Motorcycles and Race Techniques have worked flat-out and spared no expense to produce a very quick Yamaha R6.

"The rest is now up to me and I'm really hungry for that first win to get our season off to a flying start."

Pre-season form suggests that Andrews and the Piranha Racing team are on the pace after breaking the lap record at a recent Cartagena test.

Team manager for the Cheltenham based squad, Andy Colbourne is quietly confident of a good showing.

"The winter has been busy for the team and engine tuners Race Techniques as we have pushed the development of the R6. The bike is ahead of where we finished off with Simon last season and although I'm sure the other teams have not sat back on their laurels we are confident that we'll be at the sharp end of the field this weekend," he added.



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