BRITISH Superbike racing is coming home for the Dorset based Rizla Suzuki team this weekend when the second round of the Championship takes place at the high-speed Thruxton circuit on Sunday, April 15th.
Rizla Suzuki's Team headquarters are situated at the Crescent Performance Centre in nearby Verwood, Dorset. Traditionally there is a huge amount of home support for the squad when it visits the bumpy 2.35-mile long Thruxton track, which boasts the highest average lap speed of any venue the series visits.
The double-header races at Thruxton come less than a week after the opening round at Brands Hatch in Kent. Last Bank Holiday Monday, Rizla Suzuki's Chris Walker finished with a fifth and eighth and his team mate Cal Crutchlow on his Superbike debut, scored 13th and 18th. Both Rizla Suzuki riders suffered from a lack of rear grip and are targeting better results at Thruxton.
Superbike racing starts at 1300 on Sunday, April 15th, at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire. The action will be shown on ITV1 at 1440 and on Sky Sports Xtra at 1900 on the same day.
Simon Buckmaster, Team Manager:
"It's been a quick turnaround for Rizla Suzuki, racing on Monday earlier this week and then preparing for first practice at Thruxton on Friday. It has been incredibly busy as we have explored ways and means to give Chris and Cal more rear grip - and importantly - to allow that grip to last for full race distance.
"For Chris it has been a solid start to his Superbike campaign. It's been seven years since he last rode at Thruxton, so his learning curve is going to be steep, but we still expect him to use the undoubted horsepower and speed of the Rizla Suzuki to best effect and to be challenging for podiums this weekend.
"Cal is still learning his trade in Superbikes but knows Thruxton well. He's eager to race after what for him was a disappointing start to the season. He will really want to make his mark in front of the team's home fans who are sure to give him and the whole squad a boost this weekend."
Round two of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship starts at Thruxton on Sunday 15th April.