After coming agonisingly close in each of the last two years, Rob Guiver is looking to go one better when the British 125cc Championship starts next weekend.
In the end, it was a fall in treacherous conditions at Silverstone that cost Guiver his first British 125 title, as James Lodge edged him and Deane Brown by four points.
But with both moving to the National Superstock 600 Championship, Guiver is intent on challenging for the championship in the hands of Steve Patrickson's SP125 Racing outfit.
“Yeah that's definitely the goal. I want to have as good a year as I had last year because I had a really good time with the team so I'd love to go that one step better”, Guiver told TCF. “Steve's a really good set-up man. We learned a hell of a lot last year about the bike so this year we should be in a really strong position bike-wise.”
The 26 year old believes he and his team are well prepared for the new campaign after working hard in the off season.
“It's been a very slow winter. We've actually tried to get as much weight off the bike as we can so we've been working all winter on the bike. We've had a new ignition fitted which is a lot lighter and lightened the frame, different bolts. We've just had our engine back from Italy, we sent it to Aprilia to re-plate the barrels so everything's coming together.”
The British 125cc Championship has proven its ability to produce promising young talent, with Danny Kent, Taylor Mackenzie and Harry Stafford all graduating to the 125cc World Championship after competing in the British Championship last year.
And Guiver feels the new blood adds to the excitement and unpredictability of the championship.
“Yeah there's a lot of up and coming young riders coming in this year so I don't really know what's going to happen until we get to the first race but I'm just gonna do my best and try as hard as I can to try and win it.”
Once again, The British 125cc Championship forms part of the exciting support programme for the British Superbike Championship. The opening weekend takes place on April 22nd-25th.