SCRAM­BLE FOR THE SHOW­DOWN Oul­ton Park, Cheshire

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This week­end’s Oul­ton Park race marks the last round of the MCE Bri­tish Superbike Cham­pi­onship’s main sea­son and takes the se­ries in to the fi­nal three-round ti­tle-de­cid­ing Show­down.

Be Wiser Du­cati’s Shane Byrne, JG Speed­fit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam and Honda Rac­ing’s Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran have clinched their places in the al­limpor­tant shootout, but the re­main­ing three spots are all up for grabs with eight rid­ers in con­tention.

Just 38 points sep­a­rate Michael Laverty in fourth from Tommy Bridewell in 10th and with Oul­ton Park be­ing a triple-header - mean­ing that there are 75 points avail­able - it’s all to play for.

While Byrne, Haslam and O’hal­lo­ran have con­firmed their show­down spots they can’t af­ford to rest on their lau­rels. Hav­ing taken one vic­tory apiece last time out at Cad­well Park, the bat­tle be­tween Byrne and Haslam is se­ri­ously hot­ting up with just 12 podium cred­its separat­ing them. With five podium cred­its given for a race win, three for sec­ond and one for third, both Byrne and Haslam know just how cru­cial this week­end’s rac­ing will be.

Byrne strug­gled while Haslam won last time the se­ries vis­ited Oul­ton Park, but that was be­fore his Be Wiser Du­cati team turned the cor­ner with the Pani­gale which then saw Byrne go on to take six vic­to­ries from 10 races.

The pres­sure isn’t off Honda’s O’hal­lo­ran ei­ther. He might sit a com­fort­able third af­ter a stun­ning show of con­sis­tency this sea­son but his podium cred­its are way off the men in front of him with 10 to his name com­pared to Byrnes’ 43 and Haslam’s 31.

Over the page, MCN takes a look at the eight rid­ers that can still se­cure a cov­eted Show­down spot this week­end:

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