The MCE BSB race start at Oulton Park

The MCE BSB race start at Oulton Park

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship returns to Oulton Park this weekend (9/10/11 August) and this round could prove crucial in the battle for the top six in the standings ahead of the end of season Showdown, with a potential 75 points up for grabs from three races at the magnificent Cheshire circuit.

Defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne heads the pack despite his dramatic 120mph crash last time out at Brands Hatch and the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider arrives at Oulton Park just one victory short of claiming an unprecedented 50th MCE BSB win. Byrne has a mathematical chance of securing his position in the Showdown this weekend and the Kent ace is determined to become the first rider to qualify.

Byrne said: “We are getting to the important part of the season now and the final rounds to make it count before the Showdown, which we need to get our position in boxed off as soon as possible. We can then make changes to make the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki even better for those final rounds at Assen, Silverstone and Brands Hatch. Since we were last at Oulton Park everyone has moved on again, Josh for example is riding really well and they have improved and are faster now and Alex will be pushing on too – that goes without saying! For me nothing will change; my aim is to go to Oulton Park trying to win all three races and score 75 points and nine podium credits.”

Tinmouth is hoping for home success

Tinmouth is hoping for home success

Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes closed the gap last time out and after celebrating his first win of the season at Oulton Park earlier in the year in front of a huge crowd, he is ready to challenge for a repeat performance. Lowes is another one of the leading pack who could secure his Showdown position this weekend, but his team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari has celebrated the most wins at the circuit and will also be in the hunt as he returns from the recent Suzuka 8 Hour race in Japan.

Lowes said: “I can’t wait to get to Oulton Park, especially with three races. The tracks that are coming up are better ones for me and we want to come back and take it to Shakey and Josh again. We had our first win at Oulton Park earlier in the year so that is a good place to start but we know we need to be faster and keep improving as that is what everyone else will be doing ahead of the Showdown. I definitely would like to push for wins again and score some more podium credits.”

Josh Brookes is on the ascent for Tyco Suzuki after claiming his first win of the season for Tyco Suzuki last time out and the Australian is ready to try and uphold national sporting honour in the three races this weekend. Brookes currently lies third in the overall standings but like Byrne and Lowes, a strong performance in Cheshire could fire him into a secure Showdown position.

Brookes said: “I think we can fight for more wins at Oulton Park as I feel that we have progressed with the Tyco Suzuki so it is important for us to maintain that in the three races this weekend. The Brands Hatch win was progression as we had been consistent with the podiums until then. I don’t know how that win will affect the other riders and I don’t want to pinpoint competition because there are different reasons to watch everyone, but we intend to come out at Oulton Park and have three good races.”

Oulton Park marks the home round for several of the MCE BSB contenders including Ellesmere Port’s Jenny Tinmouth, who is currently having her most successful season to date after scoring a point at Snetterton. Frodsham’s Howie Mainwaring could also be a dark horse for the Todmorden-based MH Kawasaki team after claiming top ten finishes earlier in the season in Cheshire.

Advance adult tickets for main raceday cost £26 online in advance with children aged 12 and under admitted free. All event parking is free of charge. For more information and to book visitwww.oultonpark.co.uk or call 0843 453 9000.

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