Max Biaggi and Yukio Kagayama will race their first ever World Superbike Championship event on the Donington Park circuit in England this weekend.
Although the Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders have competed at the midlands venue before - Biaggi in MotoGP in 2005 and Kagayama in British Championships in 2004 - neither have gone head-to-head in the Superbike class.
And, the last time the Superbike World Championship was at Donington was a tremendous occasion for Team Alstare Suzuki: In 2001, Italian Pierfrancesco Chili took runner-up spot in the first race and then followed it up with a sensational win in the second. Since then the circuit has been off the calendar.
The event will be particular noteworthy because it will be a celebration of the 20th year of the Superbike World Championship and especially important bearing in mind that the first ever World Superbike Championship race took place there.
"I like Donington because it is quite a fast track but now that I am on Superbike I will have to learn it all over again. It's going to feel very different on my Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 compared to the last bike I rode there, so we will have to start the first practice trying to find a good set-up for the bike. We did a lot of work at the recent Valencia tests and accumulated a lot of information. Hopefully, we can put it all to good use at Donington and take some podiums."
"For me the last time I raced at Donington seems a long time ago. That was in BSB but this time it is the World Championship and it will be much harder for sure. At our recent test, my shoulder was still very sore, but now that I have had some time to rest it I think it will be in much better condition for the race. I will not know how strong it is until first practice, but I am hoping that it will be ok and not give me too much trouble. I have many fans in England so I want to push hard and get a couple of podiums."