Glenn Irwin is preparing for a dog fight as he takes a 23-point title advantage over Tommy Bridewell into the latest three races of the 2020 British Superbike Championship at Silverstone this weekend.
The Carrickfergus rider, currently starring for Honda, said: "I will approach the three races at Silverstone as we did the last round at Snetterton. We now know more about the all-new Honda Fireblade and how competitive it is across the board, the one thing we do have to guard against is how competitive the opposition will be.
"We know the Yamahas will be fast, Suzuki won a race here last year with Josh Elliott, and now Kyle Ryde is sure to be in the mix. My brother Andrew (Honda) and Danny Buchan (Kawasaki) will look to bounce back from a difficult weekend at Snetterton and the Ducatis will be in the mix.
"To be on a podium you can be fighting with up to nine or 10 riders, so it will be a case of working hard throughout free practice (which starts this afternoon) to make sure we are in the fight."
Andrew, meanwhile, is trying to rebuild his season.
He said: "I'm 60 points from Glenn in the standings, so for me it's about making the best of the job and keep building and aim for a good end to the season."
Kirkistown, meanwhile, will host the King of Kirkistown meeting tomorrow, promoted by the Belfast and District Club - the first short circuit event here since the Sunflower Trophy meeting last October.
Covid regulations are in place, the meeting restricted to just 300 spectators and 150 riders.