IN THE FIGHT FOR FI­NAL SPOTS

– 5th – 4th – 6th – 7th 133 points – 8th – 9th 10th 120 points –

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Early sea­son con­sis­tency and spo­radic strong re­sults see Laverty sit fourth in the stand­ings, but

af­ter tak­ing just 12 points from the last two week­ends he’s only there by the skin of his teeth. At the very min­i­mum, he’ll need two top six fin­ishes to keep his space but he’ll be tar­get­ing the podium.

Lin­foot has suf­fered over the last few rounds and is now on the brink of a Show­down exit. He’ll need

to show some of his early sea­son podium form if he’s to se­cure a space in the top six along­side team-mate O’hal­lo­ran.

It’s been a tough year for James El­li­son on the JG Speed­fit Kawasaki as he’s strug­gled with

an ag­gres­sive throt­tle con­nec­tion on the 2016 ZX-10R. He re-gained a Show­down spot at Cad­well Park but he’ll need a re­turn to form of old if he’s to stop the charge from be­hind.

Cooper’s im­pres­sive pace has been a sur­prise at times this sea­son but his con­sis­tency has let him

down. He won a race at Oul­ton Park ear­lier in the year so he’s in with a good chance to make the top six with three strong rides. Mossey is the big­gest dan­ger man. He’s shown he’s got the pace to run at the front on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and mo­men­tum was build­ing nicely for the Quat­tro Plant Kawasaki rider be­fore a tough week­end at Cad­well Park. He was on the podium at Oul­ton this time last year and he could eas­ily do that again.

Hick­man has had an up and down year since win­ning the first race at Sil­ver­stone. A strong show­ing

at Cad­well im­proved his hopes but he’ll need to re­turn to the podium if he’s to have any hope of se­cur­ing a Show­down spot. Hav­ing led the cham­pi­onship af­ter the first two rounds, Id­don has had a slow fall from grace. It would be a re­mark­able turn in form should he be able to achieve the re­sults nec­es­sary for a top six spot, but he came close to tak­ing his de­but vic­tory at the Cheshire track ear­lier this sea­son.

Three races at Oul­ton this week­end mean Bridewell has big point-scor­ing po­ten­tial but he’ll need

three very strong races to make his way into the top six for the first time this year with the Ben­netts Suzuki.

‘My first ride on my ZZR up in the Highl ands’ Jamie Dickson ‘David on his RC8R at Co­bet Lake, North­ern Ire­land’ John Lewis ‘Rid­ing the red dunes in Saudi’ Ian Hay

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