British Superbike Showdown: Friday Free Practice Results

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of

bsb_ellisonThis weekend at Oulton Park, the British Superbike series will come to a close. There are six riders in the fight for the title, and after three races this weekend, one will be crowned the BSB champion.

Title fighter Josh Brookes got his weeend off to a good start by claiming the top spot during the first free practice session. Brookes led for most of the session, and finished more than .3 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.

Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Rutter, who are also in contention for the title, finished in second and third. Tommy Hill, who currently leads the series, finished more than .9 seconds behind Brookes’ time in 7th place.

In the second free practice session, James Ellison beat out all of the title fighters for the first place spot. Ellison may not be in contention for the Championship, but he is still looking to finish his season strong.

Behind Elison, came FP1 winner Brookes. Brookes missed out on the top spot by .08 seconds, but still holds a better pace than the rest of the title fighters. Rutter and Hill were next across the line, followed by Kiyonari and Michael Laverty.

Alastair Seeley, the final title contender, was able to crack the top ten during the second free practice session.

British Superbike Overall Standings

Tommy Hill – 589
Josh Brookes – 578
Ryuichi Kiyonari – 574
Michael Laverty – 570
Michael Rutter – 546
Alasair Seeley – 529

2010 British Superbike Preview: The Showdown Begins at Croft

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of

bsb_showdown The 2010 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship enters the final showdown this weekend, where the top six riders will compete over three rounds for the BSB Championship.

Season points no longer matter as we enter into the showdown, but the title fighters will be able to carry over podium credits. The BSB has given each rider a base of 500 points, and their podium credits have been added on top of that.

Here are the current British Superbike standings for the final 6.

1 Ryuichi Kiyonari  HM Plant Honda  525
2 Tommy Hill  Worx Suzuki  525
3 Joshua Brookes  HM Plant Honda  524
4 Michael Rutter  Riders Ducati  510
5 Michael Laverty  Relentless Suzuki  509
6 Alastair Seeley  Relentless Suzuki  505

Kiyonari is in good position to work on his third BSB championship title. Kiyo won consecutive titles in 2006 and 2007, and looks like he could be on to championship number three.

But he’ll have stiff competition from Tommy Hill. Hill has been the favorite throughout the 2010 BSB season, but a poor showing at Mallory Park allowed riders like Kiyonari and Brookes to catch up.

The new scoring system in the final showdown gives a big boost to the bottom three riders, who are all now within one race of the top title contenders. Kiyonari, Hill, and Brookes will have added pressure this weekend at Croft, as all riders are entering the showdown on a near even plane.

There will be two races at Croft, followed by an event at Silverstone before the championship is decided at Oulton Park on November 10th.