Former Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent begins the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike season on a track at which he doesn't have much experience so is targeting three top-ten finishes this weekend.
Kent isn't a complete Oulton Park novice but after spending much of his career racing in Spain and in the Grand Prix paddock, he is used to flatter, wider types to track.
"I’m looking forward to going racing now. It’s been a long winter, a long off-season, so I think everyone’s ready to get going," said the Buildbase Suzuki rider.
"Ideally, I’d rather the first round have been somewhere like a Donington; somewhere where I’m a bit more comfortable and have a bit more experience, rather than at Oulton Park, but that said I’m still feeling good.
“At the test we were 0.8 seconds off the pace and that was my first time there on a Superbike. I left that test thinking we had a good bike and since then we’ve made some more changes that I think will help us go better still.
"Obviously everyone else already knows how to go fast there; they know all the tips and tricks and I’m still learning, but hopefully it’ll mean we’ll be able to take bigger chunks out of our lap time and make bigger steps. But I’m really happy with the bike, the team has done a mega job, testing has been really positive, and I’m looking forward to getting going.
“The weather could play a part and be quite different from the test, looking at the forecast. I’ve never ridden the bike in the wet but the team has so much experience with the GSX-R I know they know how to make it work, and I’m confident riding in the wet.
“It’s the first round at a track that I don’t have that much experience at, and if we came away with three top 10 finishes I think I’d be happy, but that said I’ll obviously be pushing for more.”