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High speed homecoming for Rizla Suzuki - April 12th 2006

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    Thruxton is Rizla Suzuki's home circuit that boasts a 112mph+ average lap speed, making it the fastest circuit the British Superbikes visit, a fact the team will be hoping to use to its advantage at the third round of the Championship this weekend.

    The 2.35-mile circuit boasts a 200mph straight and traditionally delivers close and exciting racing. Rizla Suzuki's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and James Haydon are hoping the high-speed nature of the track will play to the strengths of the ultra-fast GSX-R1000 which has led through the speed traps at each of the previous two rounds.

    The ex-airfield track in Hampshire is situated less than 45-minutes from the Rizla Suzuki team headquarters at the Crescent Performance Centre in Verwood, Dorset. The team is expecting strong home support in the crowd when the racing starts on Bank Holiday Monday, April 17th at 13:30. You can catch all of the action on ITV1 at 15:00 and then again on Sky Sports 3 on Tuesday morning at 11:30.


    "At Brands Hatch and Donington Park the GSX-R1000 has been a missile and I've been either fastest or close to it through all of the speed traps.

    "Add that base speed to my growing confidence in the bike as well as a lot of home fans supporting the team and we will come out fighting at Thruxton this weekend. I believe we can challenge at the front."


    "After the rain, hail and cold temperatures of the last two rounds I'm really hoping for better weather this weekend - it makes the racing more exciting and enjoyable for riders and spectators alike.

    "We made a breakthrough with set-up at the last round and we are getting stronger every time we ride the bike. The podium is my target for Thruxton."

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