Brookes and Lowes in close contention

Brookes and Lowes in close contention

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship reaches the climax to the Main Season at Donington Park this weekend (6/7/8 September) as the six Showdown riders will be confirmed ahead of the final three round title decider. Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, Alex Lowes and Josh Brookes already have their places secure, but eight riders still have a mathematical chance of the final three Title Fighter positions.

Will Josh Brookes get another opportunity to celebrate with the crowd at Donington?

Will Josh Brookes get another opportunity to celebrate with the crowd at Donington?

Byrne, Lowes and Brookes know that this is their last shot at claiming the last six podium credits that could make or break their title aspirations at the final round of the season at Brands Hatch in October, but for the chasing pack the two races at Donington Park will prove critical if they are to be in with a fighting chance of claiming the MCE BSB crown.

Milwaukee Yamaha’s James Ellison currently holds fourth place in the standings and fresh from his double win in the Silverstone 200 support race at the British Grand Prix last weekend the team are ready to carry the momentum to Donington Park. Ellison needs just seven points to secure his Showdown position but knows that he cannot afford for any problems.

Ellison said: “We wanted to get into the Showdown at Cadwell Park and that didn’t happen so race one at Donington we need to get that sorted as we can’t afford for anything to go wrong and miss out on the title fight. I won’t say I am going to take it easy, but we need to get our Showdown place confirmed and then all hell can break loose! Usually I am not usually a rider that has race tactics but now we need the Showdown place then go hell for leather over the final rounds to try for those wins.”

Ellison has a twelve point advantage over triple champion Ryuichi Kiyonari as the Samsung Honda team aim to secure both riders in the title fight at the circuit where the Japanese rider celebrated his first MCE BSB victory. Kiyonari is the only one of the eight riders capable of making the Showdown who has made the cut for the top six before, however he missed out on the podium last time out at Cadwell Park.

Sixth place in the standings is currently held by Jon Kirkham who leads his Buildbase BMW team-mate James Westmoreland by just five points and the pair are going head to head for the final Title Fighter position.

Ahead of his home round Kirkham said: “Donington Park is a track that the BMW should work well at so hopefully we can come out and be on the pace. We just need to find that little chunk extra; it is just a case of everything falling into place. I then just have to do what I can; I am more confident for this weekend compared to Oulton and Cadwell Park and a home round is always a bit of an extra boost. I know the boys behind me will be out there to go for it so we just need to try and beat them.”

The Buildbase BMWs could still come under fire from the impressive Tommy Bridewell, who scored the Halsall Racing Kawasaki team their maiden podium in their debut season. He lies just 20 points adrift of Westmoreland and knows that he could still make the Title Fighter line up.

Bridewell said: “For sure I am going to Donington Park with the 100 percent focus to get into the Showdown. The problem is that I can do the best performance I possibly can but that might still not be enough as it will depend on what the other riders do. I will be pushing to the maximum that’s for sure.”

Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki’s Chris Walker is still in contention for a place inside the top six at his home round of Donington Park, whilst last year’s National Superstock 1000 Championship race winner PJ Jacobsen and Keith Farmer can’t be mathematically ruled out.

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