The globe trotting British MotoGP riders return home to make their one and only appearance of the season in front of the home fans at Donington Park this weekend.

It's a massive race for the four riders in the MotoGP Championship and Chaz Davies in the 250cc class on a circuit which they've all achieved considerable success and know very well.

World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson returns to his favourite circuit on which he's won both British and World Superbike races. The Isle of Man-based Lancastrian is hoping that circuit knowledge will give him at least a top ten finish in what has been a tough debut MotoGP season for the D'Antin Ducati rider.

"It's the biggest race of the season for me and the first time I've raced in Britain since I won the World Superbike Championship," said Hodgson. "I'm hoping my knowledge of my favourite circuit will give me the edge over the weekend. After getting through the races in Germany and Brazil, I'm looking forward to getting back to more familiar surroundings at Donington."

Ulsterman Jeremy McWilliams put the Aprilia on the podium at Donington four years ago but the tough 40-year-old is fighting his way through the pain barrier before his biggest race of the year.

He finished an amazing 12th in Germany despite suffering excruciating pain from a back injury he sustained in a crash the previous day on the MS Aprilia.

"I'm very sore at the moment after the crash in Germany but somehow I managed to finish 12th in the race in Germany and so I'll make it to Donington," confirmed McWillians. "I'm always nervous about the race at Donington because I want to do well in front of the home fans the only time I race in Britain. I think they realise just how tough the MotoGP class is and thanks to Dr Costa and his team, I'll be out there giving it my very best."

Last year Shane 'Shakey' Byrne won both races at Donington Park on his way to the British Superbike Championship title. He returns this year riding the MS Aprilia in the 30 lap MotoGP race hoping, like the others, that circuit knowledge may put him in the top ten.

"After the front end problems I had in Germany, I've had to re-group and get myself prepared for such a big race," said Shakey. "It will be tough after winning both British Superbike races there last year but it's a big chance to show those loyal fans what MotoGP is all about. I'm looking forward to it but like all the races this year it will not be easy but I'm ready to have a real go."

Geordie Chris Burns also knows Donington well and he will strive to grab his first points of the season on the Harris WCM.

"It's good to come home and race at Donington but I'll only be happy if I can score some World Championship points," admitted Burns.

Seventeen-year-old Chaz Davies has scored points in the last four 250cc grands prix. It's a very competitive class but Davies, riding the KF Club Aprilia Germany machine is looking for a top ten finish at his home circuit where he and all the other British riders will receive massive support from the record home crowd.

"It's the big one and I really like riding at Donington," said Davis. "The last two grands prix have gone well and I'm looking to finish in the top ten although it will be very hard. You have to treat it just like another grand prix because all the other riders will. I've got a coach load of fans coming from my village and so I better put on a special show."

 

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