In 1999, Australian veteran Peter Goddard spent most of his time developing Aprilia's initially troublesome RSV1000 in the team's first factory assault on the World Superbike Championship. Dropped at the end of the year, Goddard has been racing in the British Superbike Championship this year while Aprilia's new Australian, Troy Corser has already taken one World Superbike victory on the machine which Goddard spent a year developing.

This weekend Goddard will return to the World series, albeit on a Kawasaki, and will be keen to prove that he can still mix it with the World's best. Goddard's British campaign has been less than successful so far this year and he currently lies eleventh in the table after four races but that will not dampen his mood. "I am really looking forward to it if we can go. It was frustrating to have to sit on the sidelines at Donington and watch the rest of the lads race."

Goddard was not placed high enough in the British Championship to be granted a wild card place at the British Round of the World series at Donington Park, having to sit by and watch his British championship rivals Neil Hodgson and Chris Walker take a tremendous 1-2 in the second race.

Goddard will not be the only British championship contender to be racing at Hockenheim this weekend. Reve Red Bull Ducati have also confirmed their entry for John Reynolds and James Haydon while Total Team Kawasaki rider Stephen Plater will be hoping to make his WSB debut.