As Valentino Rossi prepares to fend off his title contenders and James Toseland comes to terms with finally riding on a circuit he knows with a whole lot of fans, there are one or two other riders looking forward to the MotoGP action at Donington Park next weekend.
ThundersportGB has two support classes also wowing the crowds for the East Midland's extravaganza and it's fair to say it's attracting a fair bit of attention. The J&S Aprilia Superteens will all be gunning for glory as they entertain the travelling thousands with two action packed races, and with so many different riders having reached the podium so far this season, it will be an interesting battle to see who can cross the line first in front of not only spectators but the biggest teams in the world too.
With the likes of Casey Stoner and James Toseland having risen from this class, we may well be seeing some of the World's future stars in the making, and if the last round at Brands Hatch is anything to go by..... well we are in for some serious fun.
Joining the future stars is Thundersport GB's GP250 class, to be called 'GB2' for the weekend. Current Championship leader Lee Dickinson will be used to the big crowds for sure, after various wild card rides at Donington in the past, he will look to use this as a big advantage. The circuit won't exactly be new to his closest contender Mark Davies either, 'The Dog' Davies has plenty of British Championship experience to help him along his way and keep the orange bike of Dicko's as close as possible.
So who else do we need to look out for? Well of course Chris McAloran will be looking to put his bad luck behind him after a poor Brands Hatch, and despite nursing a chipped ankle bone, he will be after a step on the podium.
Jason Davies also makes a return to the class after his last Thundersport GB victory at Oulton Park, whilst Dave Hampton, Nathan Pallett, Ben Miller, Adam Hoare, Barry Utting and Matt Cole are other contenders that have all been inside the top ten so far this season.
Just to add to the fun, William Dunlop will be hoping to continue his short circuit success as he jumps on a 250 after taking four wins on the 125 at Brands last time out. Moto 450 riders Will Hodgson and Rob McNealy will be adding their names to the grid, and so too will Paul Rhodes, Marty Lennon, David Renz and Adam Dudley, who all usually attend their business in other classes with Thundersport GB.
Dunlop have agreed to supply every Thundersport Aprilia Superteen at the GP with a free set of tyres and to supply a pair of Dunlops to each of the podium finishers in the Thundersport GP2 class to complement the special price to the GP2 riders at this event.
The support paddock meeting point (Cafe Dunlop) at the Exhibition Centre will have the very first information available on next year's ThundersportGB series and everyone is welcome to drop by to pick up the information packs.