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Superbikes debut for Norfolk's Matt Layt at Snetterton

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Matt Layt has been handed a wild card to compete in round seven of the British Superbike Championships at Snetterton this weekend.

It is the first time the 31-year-old rider from Dereham, who usually rides in the Superstock series, will compete in the Superbikes class.

Layt told BBC Radio Norfolk, "We're up against the best teams in the country and the rest of the world."

He will be part of the three race meeting which starts on Saturday.

"To build the bike in a shed in Dereham and then turn up here and race against these boys is going to be a tall order but we will give it our best shot," said Layt.

The Norfolk rider was handed a wildcard when his sponsors agreed to back his ambition to compete in a Superbike round.

"Every time you're on the bike, in any session, no matter what class or country you're riding in, you're always trying 100 percent," he added.

And although he is unfamiliar with the class, Layt has some experience of the challenges that the Snetterton track has to offer.

I would like to go faster than I have ever gone before, and to qualify, finish both races and just try and finish as high up as I can

Matt Layt

"I know my way around pretty well," he said. "I came up about two weeks ago on a Superstock bike for an evening track day, but other than that I don't ride here anymore than anyone else.

"Realistically I would like to go faster than I have ever gone before, and to qualify, finish both races and just try and finish as high up as I can."

Spectators at this weekend's meeting will also be treated to extra racing with three races, following the postponement of a race during the previous round at Knockhill.

Meanwhile, at the top of the leader board Honda's Josh Brookes leads the championship with just three rounds to go before the top six showdown.



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