Brands BSB bat­tle could prove cru­cial

As an epic BSB sea­son ap­proaches the half­way mark there’s still plenty of top rid­ers fight­ing for a top six spot

Motorcycle News (UK) - - News - OLI RUSHBY BSB RE­PORTER oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­

The MCE Bri­tish Su­per bike Cham­pi­onship is renowned for a strong depth of field, but in 2017 the level of com­pe­ti­tion has risen to an­other level with a glut of rid­ers fight­ing hard for one of the cov­eted six Show­down spots.

This sea­son, the rid­ers fight­ing for the top six has been more var­ied than ever be­fore.

With Luke Mossey, Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam look­ing strong in the top three slots, Josh Brookes’ two sec­ond places at Snet­ter­ton were enough to ce­ment his place in the top six with Ja­son O’hal­lo­ran also look­ing strong in fifth. But with nine races be­fore the Show­down places are de­cided at Sil­ver­stone, it’s all to play for as we head into the mid-way point of the sea­son at Brands Hatch this week­end. And no­body knows that bet­ter than the gag­gle of rid­ers look­ing to get into the top six and fight for the ti­tle over the fi­nal three rounds.

The fi­nal top six spot is cur­rently held by Peter Hick­man on 93 points, but with Jake Dixon and Chris­tian Id­don just a hand­ful of points be­hind, his place is far from safe.

With 225 points on the table be­fore the Show­down gets un­der­way, Glenn Ir­win and James El­li­son could also fig­ure in the Show­down fight.

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