World Superbike Championship leaders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama are aiming to increase their series lead on their Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra GSX-R1000s at this weekend's British fifth round at Silverstone.
The Northamptonshire track has hosted the event twice before, but this year the layout will be different; a slightly shorter circuit - 3.561 kilometres - will be used and fans will see the competitors complete eight more laps than before.
Corser currently leads the 12-round series on 182 points with six wins from eight races. Kagayama holds second on 130 points which includes a race win and four second places.
"I am not sure why they have changed the layout ¬unless it is to do with safety issues. There were a couple of 'so-so' spots on the track so maybe they have changed the layout because of them. I quite like Silverstone ¬except for the final chicane which is just plain crazy and far too slow. My results last year were not bad so I am really looking forward to racing at Silverstone on the Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 and taking a couple of podiums."
"Unusually it seems I may be one of the few riders who has raced this layout at Silverstone before. I think I have raced this layout in the past two years in the British Superbike championship. It is quite different to the full circuit but I like it and, as I have been on the podium there in my first BSB season, it has good memories for me.
"I was disappointed to DNF in the second race at Monza in the last round and I want to make up for that with a pair of podium finishes in Silverstone. I have many fans in Britain and so it is a bit like a home race for me. I think the Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 will be a good bike for Silverstone and maybe this time I can get the better of my team mate Troy-san."
Race 1: 1 Haga (Ducati), 2 Vermeulen (Honda), 3 Chili (Ducati). 7 Corser (Petronas). Kagayama DNS.
Race 2: 1 Vermeulen, 2 Haga, 3 Laconi (Ducati). 9 Corser. Kagayama DNS.
Team Suzuki Press Office