Just days after the six Title Fighters were dramatically confirmed for the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown, the final battle to become British champion kicks off this weekend at Oulton Park (September 14/15/16).
With five different race winners and a total of 13 different podium finishers so far this season, the fight for a position in the Showdown went down to the wire last weekend at Silverstone, and this weekend in Cheshire riders representing six different teams and five different manufactures begin their final quest for title glory.
Leading the standings is JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam and after missing out last season in crushing circumstances, he will be looking to build his advantage after he was pushed all the way last time out by his rivals.
Jake Dixon has had an impressive podium record this season, but the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki rider knows that he needs victories to close the deficit this weekend after missing out in the triple-header last weekend.
2015 champion Josh Brookes holds third in the standings and with the most Showdown appearances, the McAMS Yamaha rider is determined to use every ounce of his experience to repeat his Brands Hatch winning double as he bids to get his title attack firmly on track.
21-year-old Bradley Ray makes his first appearance in the Showdown after making the cut at Silverstone and the Buildbase Suzuki team have pushed the title fight all the way to the finish in the past, something they will be keen to repeat. The Kent contender scored his first ever Superbike podium finish at the Cheshire circuit and will be hunting more in Sunday’s two races as he arrives on equal points with Brookes.
Another rider to make a first Showdown appearance is Glenn Irwin and the Be Wiser Ducati rider is still hunting an elusive first win of the season this weekend as he aims to overhaul the opposition and take the fight to the finish for the reigning title-winning team.
Peter Hickman fought to the end to secure the final Title Fighter position by just four points and the Smiths Racing BMW rider arrives at Oulton Park with nothing to lose as he holds six place in the standings.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings ahead of the Showdown:
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 568
- Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 523
- Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) 519
- Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 519
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 516
- Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 504