Thetford race ace Ryan Vickers facing crunch British Superbike weekend on home Snetterton track
It's a crucial few days ahead for Thetford superbike star Ryan Vickers as he prepares to race on his local track.
The British Superbike Championship is at Snetterton for round seven of the series this weekend.
And, with only two meetings left before the line-up for the Showdown title fight is decided, the RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki rider will be looking for big points on home ground.
The 22-year-old goes into this weekend in 10th position in the standings, 19 points behind Lee Jackson in the eighth and final Showdown place.
But, with 150 points up for grabs across six races during this weekend and next week's outing at Silverstone, his destiny remains firmly in his own hands.
Team boss Lee Hardy said Vickers was still feeling the effects of a heavy crash he suffered in qualifying at Cadwell Park two weeks ago.
But, before that, he set a new lap record at the Lincolnshire track and Hardy is hopeful of a strong performance to boost their championship hopes.
He said: "We're looking good to be fair. The bike's working really well and we've got a good package. Ryan's still a little bit bruised up but we're in a good position. He goes well at Snetterton, the bike goes well there."
Thousands of fans are expected to be at the meeting, which sees racing take place on both Saturday and Sunday.