Josh Brookes of Milwaukee Yamaha leads the British Superbike Championship Photo: Getty Images
The MCE British Superbike Championship heads to Oulton Park this weekend for the last round of the regular season.
This triple header at the Cheshire circuit will determine the final four places in the end of season shootout; who will join PBM Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne and Millwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes in the fight for the title over the final three rounds of the year at Assen, Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
Currently those four places are occupied by JG Speedfit rider James Ellison, Tyco BMW teammates Tommy Bridewell and Michael Laverty, and Byrne’s teammate Stuart Easton.
However, with 75 points available across the weekend’s three races there is every possibility that one of the four could drop out of the top six were they to have a bad weekend.
Ellison and Easton are both set to return to action after enforced layoffs through injury. But it’s Laverty that’s most at risk of missing out on the shootout, as he’s currently in sixth place, just 21 point ahead of Honda’s Dan Linfoot.
At the sharp end, meanwhile, Brookes goes into the weekend on the back of six consecutive wins. The Australian now finds himself leading second-placed man Byrne by 39 points. Indeed, Byrne has struggled of late, managing just two podium finishes during the last six races.
At last years Oulton Park triple header, Ryuichi Kyonara took two wins and Brookes one, with Byrne achieving two thirds and one second place.
Based on current form Brookes goes into the weekend as the favourite; he is riding with supreme confidence and has his Yamaha R1 working exceptionally well.
He might have only won his first race of the season in round six at Brands Hatch, but he has finished off the podium only once all year, a run he will want to continue this weekend to further consolidate his position at the head of the podium credit standings.
1. Josh Brooke, Millwaukee Yamaha, 316 points
2. Shane Byrne, PBM Kawasaki, 277
3. James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, 147
4. Tommy Bridewell, Tyco BMW, 141
5. Stuart Easton, PBM Kawasaki, 139
6. Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, 126
7. Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing, 105
8. Jason O’Halloran, Honda Racing, 103
9. Richard Cooper, Buildbase BMW, 93
10. Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki, 90
Over in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Luke Stapleford continues to head the standings after winning his fifth consecutive race in the Cadwell sprint. However, he had to settle for second place in the feature race, with Jake Dixon taking the victory.
Stapleford is still 37 points ahead of second-placed rider Kyle Ryde, while Glenn Irwin is a further 34 points adrift in third. But with four rounds and eight races remaining, the championship is far from over.
1. Luke Stapleford, Profile Racing, 314 points
2. Kyle Ryde, Pacedayz Trackdays, 277
3. Glenn Irwin, Gearlink Kawasaki, 223
4. Jake Dixon, Smiths Racing, 203
5. James Rispoli, Team Traction Control, 142
6. Andy Reid, Team Traction Control, 140