INTERNATIONAL motorcyclist Bryan Staring is preparing for a return to the grand prix circuit this week.
The former Padbury resident will contest this year’s Australian Superbike Championship, with round one at Phillip Island from February 23 to 26.
Staring, who won the championship in 2010 before embarking on an international career including Moto GP, has already tested well in the lead-up to the event and will be looking to challenge the likes of defending champion Troy Herfoss, last year’s runners-up and former champions Glenn Allerton and Wayne Maxwell, and two-time champion Josh Waters.
The event will feature 43 riders taking on a trio of 12-lap races, as well as the supersport class with 35 entrants, the new-look super- sport 300 division with 48 riders and the R3 Cup, Moto3/ 125GP and GP juniors.
Last year’s third-place finisher Luke Mitchell is the early favourite in the supersport with last year’s runner-up Sam Clarke, of Edgewater, moving on to new challenges.
The Australian Superbike Championship is a seven-round event that runs until October.