The Bennetts British Superbike Championship contenders face one of the most decisive rounds of the season so far at Silverstone this weekend (September 7/8/9) as the final four Title Fighters will be decided ahead of the title-deciding three round Showdown.
Leon Haslam and Jake Dixon already have their places confirmed following the previous round at Cadwell Park, but the final four positions will be decided this weekend as the leading protagonists take on the new challenge of the National circuit and three 30 lap races.
Glenn Irwin holds third place ahead of this weekend and is the first in line bidding to secure a Showdown position for the first time. The Be Wiser Ducati rider has been a podium finisher this season and would love to replicate his debut Superbike victory from last year as he aims to seal his place.
Irwin holds a 13 point advantage over 2015 champion Josh Brookes as the championship arrives at Silverstone, but the Australian has the most Showdown experience of all his rivals having lined up in the end of season title fight seven times before. The McAMS Yamaha rider had a tough time last time out at Cadwell Park but had won three of the four races from the two rounds prior to his weekend in Lincolnshire.
Donington Park double race winner Bradley Ray had a resurgent performance at Cadwell Park which fired him back into Showdown contention and the Buildbase Suzuki contender has a 33 point advantage over sixth placed Peter Hickman, who leaped ahead of Danny Buchan last time out.
Hickman is in the danger zone in sixth place with just seven points between the Smiths Racing BMW rider and Buchan who is pushing for a first Showdown position for the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team.
However Buchan has Christian Iddon in close contention too as the Tyco BMW rider sits eight points adrift ahead of the three races this weekend with a maximum of 75 points up for the taking.
Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran holds the final place in the standings top ten and is pushing to regain the ground he lost due to injury earlier in the season in a last bid to be in Showdown contention.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 330
- Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 230
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 187
- Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) 174
- Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 159
- Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 126