The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Showdown kicks off this weekend at Oulton Park as the closest ever top six title fight gets underway in Cheshire.
The 2017 season has already seen an incredible nine different winners and a further five podium finishers, but the final Title Fighter line up was only decided at Silverstone just days ago.
Six points separate defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne from arch rival Leon Haslam and the pair shared the victories at Oulton Park back in May. The leading duo had a disastrous weekend at Silverstone by their usual standards and need to get their campaigns back on track in Cheshire at the crucial part of the season.
Byrne and Haslam also have to contend with the threat of third placed Josh Brookes who is finely poised just four points adrift of the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider ahead of him. The 2015 champion scored a Showdown place for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team for the first time and he won’t be giving up without a fight!
21-year-old Jake Dixon became the youngest ever rider to secure a Showdown position last Sunday at Silverstone. The RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki team is making its debut in the final title fight for the first time, having finishing on the podium again last weekend.
Just six points adrift of Dixon is Thruxton race winner Peter Hickman who fired the Smiths Racing BMW team into the Showdown for the first time and finally previous champions Honda Racing lines up for battle with Jason O’Halloran.
However the top six still have a fight on their hands to bag the largest points haul this weekend with some Showdown spoilers ready to be in the mix. Debut race winners from Silverstone; Glenn Irwin and Dan Linfoot are ready to put a spanner in the works to help their respective team-mates, plus race winners Mossey and James Ellison will also want to make amends for missing the top six cut.
Adding to the spoiler list include podium finishers Christian Iddon, Michael Laverty, Lee Jackson and John Hopkins all have a point to prove ahead of the final three rounds of the season.
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Showdown Six:
- Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 532
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 526
- Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 522
- Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 518
- Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 509
- Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 503
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