There are just five races remaining for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship title protagonists to seal their position in the top six ahead of the all-important end of season Showdown as the title battle intensifies at Cadwell Park this weekend August 21-23.
High-flier Josh Brookes carries the winning momentum of four consecutive race victories to the challenging Lincolnshire circuit and having scored more podium finishes than his rivals, he will be pushing to continue his momentum with the Milwaukee Yamaha team.
Brookes and arch rival Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne are the only two riders to have already confirmed their position in the final three round Showdown and the defending champion was unable to break his Australian rival’s run of form last time out – something he is focused on changing this weekend in his ‘strive for five’ titles.
The challenging Cadwell Park circuit produced two new MCE BSB race winners last year as Tommy Bridewell and local rider Peter Hickman celebrated victories and with a maximum of 125 points still up for grabs over the next five races.
The leading 17 riders all still have a mathematical shot at the top six in the standings after Oulton Park.
The Lincolnshire circuit demands precision and calculated, hard riding and can be the place where title aspirations are boosted or dented.
Brookes lapped faster than his qualifying time in 2014 at a recent test so arrives as the rider with the target on his back, but Tyco BMW pairing Tommy Bridewell and Michael Laverty need to consolidate their position in the standings and America’s John Hopkins will also be pushing for the podium on his return with the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati team.
Home team Honda Racing were double race winners at the circuit in 2013 and the Louth based team will be hoping that Dan Linfoot can repeat his podium finish from the previous round at Thruxton.
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