The fight for the BSB crown intensified at Oulton Park between Josh Brookes and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne with the pair sharing the wins during last weekend’s triple-header.
The mercurial Australian now leads the standings by just two points going into the crucial Showdown opener at Assen (18/19/20 September).
In the second race of the triple-header weekend Brookes and Byrne again went head-to-head and it looked set to go down to the wire between the pair of them until the defending champion was sidelined by a technical problem on the penultimate lap. Brookes claimed the vital five podium points for the win ahead BSB rookie Danny Buchan who scored his best ever finish in second place.
A spectacular crash for Tommy Bridewell elevated Dan Linfoot to third for Honda Racing as he edged closer to his Showdown position at the expense of Stuart Easton who withdrew from the races due to his injury.
In the final race of the weekend Brookes made the perfect start but again Byrne was piling on the pressure. The scrap at the front was briefly paused when the Nissan GT-R Safety Car was deployed after Shaun Winfield crashed out.
When the race resumed Byrne saw his chance and made a lunge to pass Brookes, but it cost him as he ran wide and dramatically lost ground dropping him back down the field. A determined string of laps put him back into second ahead of Bridewell.
The final laps again came down to a battle of supremacy between Brookes and Byrne. The PBM Kawasaki rider was locked on his target, making a move at Shell Oils corner and then defending hard to hold off his Milwaukee Yamaha rival on the final lap.
Bridewell scored an impressive third place despite being battered from his earlier crash ahead of Buchan and Ellison, who had confirmed his place in the Showdown after the opening race for JG Speedfit Kawasaki.
Bridewell and his Tyco BMW team-mate Michael Laverty confirmed their places inside the top six with Linfoot finishing sixth in the final race to become the last rider to make the cut for the Showdown.
Race one result:
1.Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
2.James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.780s
3.Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +1.784s
4.Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +4.421s
5.Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +10.606s
6.Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki) +10.820s
7.Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW Motorrad) +11.590s
8.Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW Motorrad) +11.671s
9.Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW Motorrad) +14.628s
10.Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +23.771s
Race two result:
1.Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
2.Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +8.519s
3.Dan Linfoot (Honda) +12.194s
4.Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Tec-Care Kawasaki) +14.508s
5.James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +14.589s
6.Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +18.034s
7.Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +18.311s
8.Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +18.477s
9.Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +19.565s
10.James Westmoreland (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +28.441s
Race three result:
1.Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)
2.Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.304s
3.Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +2.113s
4.Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +3.784s
5.James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +3.870s
6.Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +4.358s
7.Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +4.901s
8.Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +5.824s
9.Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +5.952s
10.Howie Mainwaring (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +6.916s
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings:
1. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 553
2. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 551
3. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 522
4. Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 507
5. Dan Linfoot (Honda) 507
6. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 500