Rizla Suzuki's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne will be taking inspiration from his home fans when he races in the 13th and final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent this Sunday.
Originally from nearby Sheppey, Shakey, who now resides in Zurich, has an enormous fan base near the 2.60-mile long picturesque Brands Hatch venue.
Shakey said: "I still have a house local to the circuit and every time I go home people recognize me and ask how the racing is going. My home fans are the best and I want to give them - and Rizla Suzuki - something to cheer about on Sunday at the last round of the series.
"The competition in BSB is tough and there's a Championship to be decided but that doesn't bother me. The last time I raced at Brands Hatch GP circuit was at the World Superbike round in 2003. I won both races and beat the best riders in the world that day. I want to do the same on Sunday."
Rizla Suzuki's James Haydon will race at Brands Hatch in only his second meeting after missing the middle part of the season due to injury. After securing his only Superbike pole position and following it up with a podium finish on his last visit to the circuit, he is eager to get back on track.
"Brands Hatch GP circuit is simply brilliant. It has everything you could want as a rider, from fast straights to blind crests and corners of all varieties," explained James.
"It is one of my favourite tracks with plenty of happy memories of standing on the podium. I want to end the season with a flourish and some good results, so I'll be pulling the pin on Sunday and seeing what happens..."
As a special treat for race fans, John Hopkins from Rizla Suzuki Superbike's sister Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team, will be attending the event demonstrating his awesome GSV-R990 race bike. He will be on track at 1450 on Saturday, September 30th, and 1515 on Sunday, October 1st, each time for 10-minutes. He will then join the Rizla Suzuki Superbike team at its garage and hospitality unit and will be signing autographs and meeting the BSB fans.
Superbike racing starts at 1315 on Sunday, October 1st, at Brands Hatch in Kent. It will be broadcast on ITV1 from 1600 and Sky Sports 2 from 2200.