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Foggy PETRONAS Racing pair focus on Italian job

Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Steve Martin and Craig Jones are on a Misano mission for the sixth round of the Superbike World Championship this weekend.

After recent mishaps at Monza and Silverstone, the focus is on solid performances at the fast and flowing circuit on the Adriatic coast of Italy.

Both riders have recovered fully from injuries sustained in heavy crashes at Silverstone and are confident that recent set-up progress will have a positive effect on their Misano lap times.

It will be Craig's second visit to the circuit, following a test there in April, but Steve has a good track record, having been on pole position and the podium at Misano, as well as having achieved one of last season's better results for FPR with an eighth place finish.

Steve said: "Misano is a track I always go well at, including last year when I scored my first good points for FPR. And, considering all the improvements we have made to the bike over the last year, I am really looking forward to going back there. Hopefully the recent test in Brno will also have made us more competitive. It's a physically demanding circuit, where you have to be aggressive, and I think it is going to be hot. If that's the case, and the surface is quite slippery, the excellent handling of our bike should help."

Craig said: "I am really looking forward to this weekend. Last week's test at Brno went really well and I have got a good direction to go in with the set-up of the bike. Our last test at Misano was also very positive and I followed that with even more progress at the Valencia race. So, with the improvements we have made since we were last here, I am confident that I can go a good amount quicker. There are a couple of hard-racing sections that suit me because I am good on the brakes and I love the flat-out top gear corner, Curvone, onto the back straight."

Circuit information: Misano, Italy
Pole position: Left
Circuit length: 5.793km
Corners: 5 left, 8 right
Corner radius: 610m maximum, 12.5m minimum
Maximum slope: 2.4 per cent