Sunday August 6 is the date of the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship, to be held on the classic English circuit of Brands Hatch - a special race weekend for the whole Winston Ten Kate Honda team. In fact, it's the second home track of the year for James Toseland, who will race in front of thousands of his countrymen, with his immediate focus falling on nothing less than being able to fight for the race wins. But Winston Ten Kate rider James doesn't only have a single race meeting in mind; he also wants to keep his chance to fight for the title alive. James sits in third position right now, by the narrowest of margins. It will be also an important race for Karl Muggeridge, who is now totally fit to race after his accident at Valencia, with his immediate objective being podium finishes at Brands Hatch.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager;
"We had a good weekend in Brno, even if misfortune tried to ruin James' weekend. Our English rider was competitive and took good results, even on his second bike, and he scored important points in the championship. Karl suffered a small problem during race one at Brno but he obtained a good result in race two, in seventh position. Brands is James' circuit, definitely a special race because of the many fans who follow him. For this reason, we want to aim for the maximum points available. I hope that Karl will also confirm his good results of late; with calmness and the right degree of aggression he can climb onto the podium. As far as the bike is concerned, we have some small modifications in hand which should improve the settings and make our results even more competitive."
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"Another home race for me after Silverstone. I will give my best for the supporters in the stands. It will be a hard weekend because, as in Brno, the competition is going to be really tough. With every passing race there are always more bikes that can win. Physically, I feel well, and I want to provide an emotional and happy race weekend for all my supporters. The world title is still achievable and I'm not giving up yet."
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
We will start again from where we finished the second race at Brno, when things went quite well, although I want to try to do even better, of course. I really want to step on the podium soon and I will be all out to achieve my goal. Now, after the injury I suffered early in the season, I am almost totally fit to race and I hope to be competitive from the very first day of testing. The good set-up of the bike should allow me to be among the very fastest and prepare for the race with quiet confidence."