The World Superbike Championship moves on from the torrential rains that forced the abandonment of Silverstone's race 2 to what promises to be another scorching weekend of action at the recently revamped, resurfaced and renamed Misano World Circuit track.
The former Santamonica circuit more or less retains the same layout as before but now the riders will be lapping in a clockwise direction as it hosts its first international event since reopening for business in spring of this year.
Misano has always been a favourable track for Italian manufacturer Ducati, winners of 23 of the 30 encounters in the fifteen years of WSBK action there.
Troy Bayliss, 4th in championship (189 points);
Troy Bayliss has always had a particular affinity with the Misano track the eight times he has raced there since 2000. The 38 year-old Aussie has won four races and finishing second three times. First Superbike testing at the new Misano in May also went well, with Troy topping the timesheets.
"Now you have to get into a good rhythm at Misano because it's a very one-line sort of track and the bike has to be working well to get the most out of it. The track's got good grip but it's quite bumpy. Some guys will come to grips with it, some will struggle, it depends on how they're feeling with the bike, but I felt very comfortable there. Misano has always been good for me and I can't see why it can't be again especially after the last test we did there. Actually the launch pad for the rest of the season started at Silverstone and the plan is to continue. I'm going to attack as much as I can and gradually make up the points on the guys in front of me. I actually thought the gap was more after Silverstone but when I found out it's only 48 points, I was quite happy because it's still possible to win the title!"
Lorenzo Lanzi, 6th in championship (116 points);
Lorenzo Lanzi's best result at Misano is a fifth place, which he obtained in 2005. However the 25-year-old Italian likes the new Misano circuit and set third quickest time there in the two-day test one month ago.
"I like the new track, it's a lot more technical than before, even though it will be more difficult to pass in the race. It also seems a bit slower than before, and for us that's a big penalization for us, in particular when exiting the corners. At this point of the season I'm not really interested in my position in the standings, what is more important is that I get back on the podium like in the opening race at Qatar or at least be in a position to fight for the podium. As the track is a good one for Ducati, this weekend should be an ideal opportunity to produce some good results."