The Be Wiser Ducati team are looking for a return to the podium this weekend as the MCE British Superbike Championship heads to the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.
Shane Byrne finished in eighth and sixth place respectively last time out, with wet weather playing havoc with proceedings at Oulton Park.
Despite this, Byrne still finds himself second in the championship – just 12 points behind Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon.
The 39-year-old can expect a huge following this weekend, with Brands Hatch being his home track. The Four-time champion has six race wins to his name at the circuit but is well aware that it will be tough to add more wins to that list.
He said: “I didn’t get to celebrate my 300th MCE BSB start in the way I’d hoped at Oulton Park three weeks ago so I need to be challenging for the wins this weekend at my home track.
“Neither I nor the team go racing for sixth place so hopefully this weekend we can turn it around. It’s fair to say that the bike is all new to us as a team and there’s lots of development and learn to do still, but we’re winners and are only happy when we’re winning.”
On the other side of the garage, Glenn Irwin is looking to continue his impressive start to the season. The series rookie fought back from a mechanical issue in qualifying to take 13th in race one last time out.
He then went on to challenge Byrne and the front runners in the second race, eventually ending up in seventh place.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Irwin said: ” I’m looking forward to making further progress at Brands Hatch this weekend. Every time we ride we close the gap to the front and that’s this week’s objective as we proved at the last round, despite the problems we had, the bike and me are now capable of good results.
“I’ve worked hard since Oulton Park and hope we can have a good weekend once we get out on track.”
Heading in to the weekend Irwin finds himself 12th in the championship standings, six points behind 10th-place man Luke Mossey.