THOSE NOT SO LUCKY…
2016 marked the most competitive year yet for Showdown spaces with 12 riders mathematically able to secure a top six spot until last weekend at Oulton Park. Here’s a quick look at who’ll be fighting to be best of the rest…
Michael Laverty 7th Ð 168 points
After winning two races this season, Laverty not being in the Showdown is perhaps the biggest shock. Nevertheless, he’ll be keen to prove what he could have done if he’d earned a top six spot.
Peter Hickman 8th Ð 162 points
With both his team-mates in the Showdown, Hickman will be gutted to have missed out, but he’s shown he can beat them already this season with his remarkable round one win.
Richard Cooper 9th Ð 157 points
Another race winner not to make the Showdown, Cooper will be out to get his hands on the Riders’ Cup after looking a dead cert to take it in 2015 before a crash at the final round ruled him out of contention.