Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com
The British Superbike series will come to an end at Oulton Park this weekend, but there are still three more races to go in the season. Oulton Park is a triple header showdown, which puts enough points on the table for anyone of the 6 title fighters to walk away with the BSB title.
Tommy Hill has a slight advantage going into the final showdown. Hill has 11 points over Josh Brookes, and 15 over Ryuichi Kiyonari. But Hill will need to be at the top of his game if he wants to retain the points lead at the end of the weekend.
“People tell me it is my title to lose,” Hill said. “The other Title Fighters will say that it has become a mental game. I have been training harder than ever since Silverstone and I am determined to leave Oulton Park as the champion.”
But Hill isn’t the only one determined to leave Oulton Park the British Superbike Champion. Both HM Plant Honda riders are formidable opponents. Brookes has the most race wins this year with 5, and is looking to up that total to 8 by the end of the weekend.
“I am going out there to win all three races and get the job done,” Brookes said. “I am not going into these races to defend.”
Two-time British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari, is also hoping to end up on top. King Kiyo won the BSB title in 2006 and 2007, but finished in 9th and 11th in the last two seasons. With the BSB title in reach, expect Kiyonari to go all out this weekend.
“I know that we can win, as I have done it before, but it is going to take more concentration than before and I will be pushing as hard as I can as one mistake means we could miss out,” Kiyonari said. “I want to be champion again and the team have worked hard so I don’t want to disappoint them. It is important for my career that I win again so I will be doing everything I can.”
Outside of the top three, Michael Laverty still poses a threat to the throne. Laverty is only 4 points behind Kiyonari, and 29 points behind Hill.
With 75 points up for grabs this weekend, Michael Rutter and Alastair Seeley both have an outside shot at the title. Rutter is in better shape, with just 43 points between him and the point leader, while Seeley is another 17 point back.
2010 British Superbike Standings
Tommy Hill – 589
Josh Brookes – 578
Ryuichi Kiyonari – 574
Michael Laverty – 570
Michael Rutter – 546
Alastair Seeley – 529