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Superbike title-decider kicks off at Oulton Park next weekend

Friday, September 07 2018

It's just one week until the opening round of the crucial Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown arrives at Oulton Park, with 'Pocket Rocket' Leon Haslam keen to maintain the momentum he's built up and lift the 2018 crown after last year's disappointment.

Haslam and Jake Dixon are already confirmed in the Showdown top six, with four spaces still to be filled this weekend at Silverstone. It's been a rollercoaster season with a string of different podium finishers, and a host of riders are still mathematically capable of making the cut.

The picturesque Cheshire circuit once again hosts the first of three Showdown rounds, with the top six riders going all-out to take the title from six-time winner Shane 'Shakey' Byrne. An injury in testing has seen him side-lined for much of the season, leaving the door open for others to take advantage of his absence.

Bradley Ray scored two wins on the opening weekend of the 2018 season at a rain-soaked Donington Park but had to wait until round eight at Cadwell Park for a return visit to the podium. Meanwhile, Dixon has been steadily picking up points with a string of podium finishes and Josh Brookes' double win at Brands Hatch and a win at Thruxton have put him in a strong position for this weekend's Showdown decider.

Expect plenty of fireworks when the final six take to the track at Oulton Park, alongside a superb line-up of support races including the Pirelli National Superstock 600 and 1000 and Dickies British Supersport.

Discounted adult weekend tickets are available online for £37 until midday on Wednesday, with reductions for teens (13-15) and kids under 13 go free. For full details click here.