Rymer's rostrum ambition

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Terry Rymer's first act on waking tomorrow morning may be to pinch himself, writes Andrew Martin. Fortune has smiled on the rider from Kent who will pilot a works Lucky Strike Suzuki RGV500 in the 500cc Grand Prix at Donington.

The 28-year-old British Superbiker replaces the injured Daryl Beattie and there is every likelihood that a Briton will have the novel experience of making the rostrum in the blue riband event.

Rymer finished sixth on a privateer Harris Yamaha on his 500 GP debut in 1992, and favours Donington's tight circuit. "A 500 suits my style better than a superbike," he said. "You will never get them to work as well as a 500. You have to give these bikes plenty of respect, but when I ride the 500 it feels like I'm 18 again."

While Rymer raves about Donington, Mick Doohan, the world champion and the class's dominant figure, is distinctly less enthusiastic about the place. Yet the Repsol Honda rider will again be a formidable opponent, but if he chooses to tailor his bike to the track's demands he might consider fitting an abacus. The Australian miscounted the number of laps at Nurburgring, allowing Luca Cadalora to secure victory, a rare mistake he is unlikely to repeat tomorrow.

His chief rivals will be his team-mate Alex Criville, the American Scott Russell and Cadalora, whose Yahama/ Dunlop is ideally suited to the course.

In the 250cc event, there are few who will challenge Max Biaggi, the rampant Roman, while Britain's serious hope of a first place arrives on three wheels: the sidecar pairing of Darren Dixon and Andy Hetherington.