After a poor couple of weekends for a few of the showdown contenders, it’s now only the Kawasaki’s of Jake Dixon and Leon Haslam who can mathematically win the 2018 British Superbike Championship.
Josh Brookes, Glenn Irwin, Peter Hickman, and Bradley Ray can all no longer become 2018 British Superbike Champions after a tough couple of rounds for the Showdown contenders.
Glenn Irwin’s shot at the title pretty much ended at Oulton Park when the Irishman stalled his Be Wiser Ducati on the grid meaning he had to join Haslam on the back row and failed to follow Haslam up to the podium.
Meanwhile, Hickman struggled in the rain conditions as did Bradley Ray, the pair in 8th and 11th. Race 2 didn’t go much better for Hicky or Ray with Peter bagging yet another 8th and Bradley Ray crashing out of the 2nd race.
Josh Brookes didn’t fare any better around the Chesire circuit after tipping off his R1 in the opening race and coming home in 5th, behind rookie teammate Mackenzie in the second race.
On to Assen, a track where Leon Haslam and Josh Brookes have had the most success around, but despite that, it was a lonely weekend for the McAms Yamaha.
Things started poorly for Bradley Ray with the Suzuki having to start from 16th and finishing in 17th meaning he was no longer in with a chance of winning the 2018 title.
Josh Brookes ended the first race in 9th place but bounced back to 2nd in the final race of the day, but it wasn’t enough as he trails Haslam by 97 points with only 75 points left in play.
A solid weekend in Assen for Hickman saw him jump up ahead of Ray with his 4th and 3rd around the Dutch TT circuit.
Leon Haslam picked up a pair of wins in what was a Dutch Delight whilst Jake Dixon retired from race 2 with a mechanical problem.
We now head into the final round of the season, three races, 75 points, 2 possible winners, Leon Haslam, and Jake Dixon.
The odds point at Leon Haslam who heads into Brands with a comfortable 61 point lead, meaning Leon Haslam can win race 1 with Dixon no higher than 4th and the Derbyshire man will pick up his first ever British Superbike championship.
Dixon has not yet stood on the Brands Hatch podium in 2018, whilst his rival Leon Haslam has stood upon it in three out of the four races held at the Kent circuit this year.
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