RIZLA SUZUKI'S Scott Smart travels to Mondello Park this weekend for the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship, one year after securing his maiden Superbike win at the Irish track - and he is hoping to taste the victory champagne again.
It was at the twisty 2.25mile Mondello Park circuit in 2004 that Scott stepped out of the shadows and climbed the top step of the podium. After taking his first win in BSB, the York based racer didn't look back and spent the rest of the season fighting for victories.
James Haydon again substitutes for Rizla Suzuki's injured British Superbike Champion John Reynolds at Mondello Park, one of the slowest tracks on the BSB calendar with an average lap speed of 77mph. He is eager to build on the fourth place finish he achieved at the last race at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
Superbike racing starts at 1:15pm on Sunday, May 15th, at Mondello Park in County Kildare, the Republic of Ireland. It will be shown live on Sky Sports and a highlights package will be broadcast on Channel 4 the following Sunday morning.
"Winning at Mondello Park in 2004 was a turning point for my season and I want a repeat performance in 2005. It's not the fastest track in the world but it has a lot of corners and bumps and needs a lot of technical skill, so I love it.
"I am within a whisker of everything coming together for me on the Rizla Suzuki and when it does there is no question we will win races. Every race so far we have made progress and I hope the combination of what we have learnt plus my affinity for Mondello Park means this is the weekend when Rizla Suzuki and Irish eyes will be smiling."
"I rode at Mondello Park last year but it was my first race of the season at a circuit I had never visited and on a new bike. This year I know how bumpy the surface is and already have a good feeling for the Rizla Suzuki, so I am looking forward to racing again.
"It's always a blast visiting Ireland, I really like the people and the atmosphere. My aim is to move forward from Oulton Park and improve my results on the Rizla Suzuki - I think that is achievable, the GSX-R1000 is an awesome piece of kit."