The fifth Superbike World Championship round of the 2006 season takes place this weekend at Silverstone, in the Northamptonshire area of England. The race will, for the second year in a row, be held on the "short" track, 3,619 meters long, with eight rights turns and seven lefts. James Toseland has only positive recollections of this track layout: first of all because it's his home circuit, and second because last year the 25-year-old from Sheffield took his best results of the season; third in Race 1 and a hugely popular victory in Race 2. On a Honda expertly prepared by the Winston Ten Kate Team, Toseland is ready to replicate his podium prowess, prepared to turnaround the misfortune which has dogged him in the last two rounds, and to gain important points in order to stay close to first position in the Championship.
Karl Muggeridge is also ready for an extraordinary race at Silverstone. The Australia has recovered from his recent back injury and has trained hard in order to improve on his 2005 season brace of tenth places. Silverstone is also a circuit which suits Karl natural style of riding, buoying him up for the fight ahead.
Ronald Ten Kate - Team Manager;
"Monza, and especially Valencia, didn't give the results we expected after the sensational beginning to the season. We are now happy to race on a track where James will definitely find extra motivation because of his home crowd and also Karl, who has trained a lot, will do everything possible to be fully competitive. Our objective is to score podium finishes and we are convinced that with the technical package at our disposal our riders can reach these goals."
James Toseland - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"We've arrived here after two complicated races and Silverstone comes at the right moment. To race on my home circuit, in front of my fans, is an extra motivating force and most of all this is one of those track where I can do really well. Last year I finished third and then first and I'm more than convinced that with the Honda I can take a step onto the podium in both races. Of course Corser and Bayliss will not give up easily but I am ready and I want another victory."
Karl Muggeridge - Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider;
"Monza was important for me because it confirmed that I almost back to my top form. At the end of Race 2 I was really tired but after two weeks of hard training I feel much better. I like the Silverstone track, even if I didn't achieve great results: last year I finished both races in tenth position, this year I want to do much better."
I almost won a race at Silverstone last time and it would be good to get a win or two under my belt this year and put pressure on Bayliss. Depending on which circuit layout they use, Silverstone could be a good track for our bike so I am hoping that they chose a good one! It has been a tough season so far - but we all knew it was going to be like that. The racing has been very good for the fans I?m sure, but it?s about time we - or somebody - else got the better of the Ducati. We have been losing out to them, exiting the turns, so we have to find a way round that problem if we are to beat them. We?ll try a few ideas in practice and see if we can solve our problem.
I do not have good memories of Silverstone last year - except my Superpole victory. This year has not been so good and I have had too many crashes so far. I have been trying very hard - my usual style - and maybe I have been trying too hard. It is difficult for me to change my style but I have to do something to get back on the podium because I miss it!