Revved-up Reid proving to be a very fast learner
How Andy Reid would love to repeat his results from his last visit to Thruxton when he won both British Supersport races when riding for Quattro Plant Kawasaki.
Reid makes his third BSB appearance for the Tyco BMW team this weekend and it will be a world away from his success of last season as he learns to ride the 200bhp BMW and basically re-learns the fastest circuit on the BSB calendar.
"I have to be realistic - this is a huge learning curve for me," said Reid.
"Yes, last year was something special, but the aim has to be making more progress in the right direction on the Tyco BMW.
"I know the results look nothing special, but if you could see the data you would realise that we are taking a step in the right direction every time we sit on the bike."
This weekend sees the battle to be in the top six of the championship with the showdown looming and just seven races left to stake a claim to challenge for the title in the last three rounds.
Reid's Tyco BMW team mate Christian Iddon is currently just outside the top six - seventh, just nine points behind Peter Hickman - and will be looking for podium results to enhance his position in the series.
PBM Be Wiser Ducati rider Glenn Irwin continues his recovery from injury with an uphill struggle to make it into the top six.
"Realistically I'm only seven weeks into what was predicted as a 12-week lay-off after my Knockhill crash," said the Carrick racer.
"We are two more weeks further on from Brands Hatch, so I aim to be closer to the front at Thruxton."
Meanwhile the intense battles of the Irish in the British Supersport Championship continue with Keith Farmer, Andrew Irwin, Jack Kennedy and David Allingham all in with a shout of taking the title this year.
Farmer, on the McAdam Appleyard Yamaha, is 26 points clear of Irwin, who has yet to win in this class, with Kennedy a further seven points back in third and Allingham (EHA Yamaha) in fourth, just two points behind the Dubliner.
Alastair Seeley is likely to mix it with the quartet on the Spirit M2 development machine, but does not score any points in the championship.
Michael Dunlop joins the Hawk Racing ranks this weekend in a final run-out ahead of next week's MCE Ulster Grand Prix and will be able to see first-hand how his National Superstock 1000cc rider Carl Phillips is performing with a top 10 result the target for the Lisburn rider.
Mondello Park will see top local riders, in Irish Superbike and Supersport, battling for Masters and Irish championship points.
• BBC Sport NI will keep race fans up to speed with all the thrilling action at next week's Ulster Grand Prix including, for the first time, network TV highlights.
The one-hour highlights package on BBC2 is part of the overall coverage of the world's fastest road race.
There will be live commentary on all the races from the Dundrod circuit on Sportsound on BBC Radio Ulster MW from 10.30am on Saturday, August 12.
Michael McNamee presents the live coverage. On TV there will be two one-hour highlights programmes presented by Stephen Watson on the Monday and Tuesday nights. 'Bikes! The Ulster Grand Prix' starts at 10.40pm on BBC One NI.