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Rizla Suzuki ready for Brands Hatch opener

THE Rizla Suzuki team of Tom Sykes and Atsushi Watanabe cant wait to start racing this weekend at the opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent.

Round one of the 12-round championship will be unleashed on the 2.301 miles GP circuit, which is a firm riders favourite. The natural amphitheatre which embraces Brands Hatch proves superb viewing for spectators and a challenging track for the riders.

With the blind apex of Paddock Hill, the tight turn of Druids and the hard braking of Graham Hill bend it is a circuit which is difficult to master. Watanabe, two times Japanese Champion will be doing his level best to learn the full GP circuit for his UK race debut.

I did track day on Indy circuit with John Reynolds, he help me learn circuit, explained Watanabe. Im looking forward to racing the full GP track, everyone say it is tough to learn, I hope I learn fast!

2007s Rookie of the Year, Sykes cant wait to get on track. He said: Im really looking forward to it and I must say it has come round so fast. With all our pre-season testing I feel we are well prepared and I cant wait to start racing. I just hope we get better weather than at the Snetterton test.

Team Manager Jack Valentine said: Im looking forward to it. We have done our testing and it went well, our riders are ready and Im happy with everything at the moment. We havent seen the opposition yet as we havent tested at a UK track but there is no reason why we cant run at the front. Tom should be up there immediately and Atsushi wont take long until he is on the pace if the promise he showed in testing continues. Lets hope for some good weather and exciting racing.

Racing gets under way on Sunday 6th April with race one at 1345 and race two at 1630. Live race day coverage can be seen on Eurosport 2 at 1315 1715, with highlights at 2030-2200. Coverage is repeated on Thursday 10th April on Eurosport 2 1930 2030. Channel 4 coverage starts on Tuesday 10th April at 0110 0205, with the same programme available on Channel 4's 1 hour time-shifted and free-to-air service; C4+1. Or for Channel 4's Video-On-Demand service, visit