The Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki team are full of fighting spirit ahead of the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park this weekend (4th – 6th October).
The 2.48-mile Leicestershire circuit holds fond memories for former MotoGP rider Héctor Barberá, who made his 2019 debut for the team at the track during round three when he deputised for teammate Ben Currie.
The Spaniard, who is currently in 19th place in the championship, is hoping to improve on his previous results at Donington, where he claimed a sixth and eighth-place finish in March this year.
Teammate Ben, meanwhile, has his sights set on disrupting the current standings by making his way to the front of the group during both 20-lap races.
The Australian missed out on racing at Donington Park earlier in the season as he was recovering from surgery on both feet following a crash at Oulton Park.
Donington Park will also host round nine of the Molson Group British Sidecar Championship, where Ricky Stevens/Ryan Charlwood and Ben Holland/Lee Watson will be working hard to collect as many championship points as they can ahead of the final round at Brands Hatch later in the month.
Ricky and Ryan are currently in sixth place with 133 championship points, but with fewer than 30 points between them and third-place Blackstock/Rosney, the pair plan to work hard to get into the top spots and leap up the ranking.
Despite missing out on championship points in Assen as their replacement engine did not meet race specifications, Ben and Lee are focused on working hard this weekend to get themselves into the top ten ahead of the final at Brands Hatch.
Héctor said: “The team worked really hard at Assen; the bike was good and we should have been on the podium but for poor starts.
“I want to show I can battle at the front at Donington like I did earlier in the season and give the team good results.”
Ben said: “Obviously I’ve come away from a challenging round in Assen, but I’m happy with how I was riding. Unfortunately, I never got what I needed from the bike and the times were so close that it was hard to get the results I wanted.
“It was a fierce competition but the data I gathered from that track will really help us with the set-up of the bike for the next round at Donington Park.”
“I’m going to do everything I can to finish the year strongly. I’d like to battle at the front, that’s my goal, I’ve just got to keep working hard.”
Team Manager Jack Valentine added: “This is the second trip to Donington Park this season and the whole team is looking forward to building on its results from Assen.
“Héctor and Ben will be keen to finish off this season with good results and we, as a team, want to show what the bike and team are capable of.”
Ricky said: “We have our sights set firmly on a top-three finish for this season and with Donington Park and double points available at Brands Hatch we’re going to throw everything we have at it.
“We’ve faced some trials so far this season, but we’re determined to finish on a high and Donington is one of our favourite tracks. We’re back in the hunt for the championship.”
Ben said: “After a tricky weekend in Assen we’re looking forward to coming back stronger and scoring some points in Donington to help us secure a top-ten finish in the championship this season.”