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Rizla Suzuki prepares for Highland fling

RIZLA SUZUKI'S Tom Sykes fresh from his impressive debut ride at World Superbike level is now limbering up for the challenges of Knockhill in Scotland, ahead of the eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

Following on from his double win at Oulton Park and his top 10 finish at World Superbikes, Sykes is on a roll and hopes to capitalise on his recent run of form. Now in third place in the Championship he is hungry for more wins and more points in order to close down the gap to second place overall.

The 1.2713 miles circuit located north of Edinburgh always produces close racing with its fast downhill turns, tight chicanes and of course the hairpin where many races are lost and won. It will be a new challenge once again for two times Japanese Superbike Champion Atsushi Watanabe as he has had no track time at the Scottish venue. He has just returned from Suzuka where he and his team-mate finished in second place at the prestigious 8-Hour event - Atsu is now looking forward to getting back to BSB where he hopes to challenge in the top 10.

Free practice takes place on Friday 8th August, with the singular 50-minute qualifying session on Saturday 9th August. Race one is at 1300 and race two at 1530 on Sunday 10th August. Eurosport 2 will broadcast live at 1230-1630.

Tom: "I like Knockhill it is not a bad circuit for me. The surface is decent and it's a good track. It is really demanding circuit as you get no rest on a lap with all the flip flop parts and the short straights. Everyone is there to win but if I can carry the form from Oulton Park then I'm pretty confident of a good result on Sunday."

Jack Valentine, Team Manager: "Tom has been riding exceptionally well and our Rizla Suzuki is on song so I'm expecting a good result this weekend. Knockhill is a twisty and demanding track and I believe that our chassis will be ideal for it. Tom is on a confidence high now that he knows he can win, I hope the wins will keep rolling in.

"Atsu is going to be in at the deep end again this weekend as Knockhill is a difficult track. He had an excellent result at Suzuka and he is fired up from being back on the podium. I think that will spur him on to achieve a solid result this weekend."