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New BSB Showdown format vindicated by record breaking crowd at Oulton Park

Monday, October 11 2010

The much-anticipated final round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park yesterday drew a record-breaking crowd as 45,000 fans descended on the Cheshire circuit for the final Showdown to decide the new champion.

It was the biggest ever attendance at Oulton Park for a BSB round and fans lined the 2.6-mile circuit in the sunshine as the title fight went down to the wire. Tommy Hill led the standings going into the final two races of the season, but after a dramatic crash in the first race of the day, HM Plant Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari took a sensational double victory on his way to securing a third BSB title crown.

MotorSport Vision Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said: "To have such a huge record breaking crowd at Oulton is great testament to the appeal of the new 2010 Showdown format, in which the top 6 championship runners have their points closed right up for the final three events. The Showdown concept is similar to that of the safety car coming out briefly in the latter part of a race the order stays the same for the re-start but the frantic final stages provide both pressure and opportunity. The fans love a championship to go to the wire and voted with their feet, turning out as never before. And BSB delivered magnificently at Oulton Park, with the champion only being decided on the final lap of the last of 26 races. The first half of race two was absolutely stunning with a four bike lead battle until Tommy Hill and James Ellison clashed fighting for first place. But in the end no one could dispute that Ryuichi Kiyonari and HM Plant Honda deserved the crown."