THE final round of the British Superbike Championship at the Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent this weekend will see a worthy new winner crowned in the series – either Leon Haslam or Jake Dixon.
JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Haslam has a nearly unassailable lead of 61 points with only 75 remaining to be won. It means he is likely to be crowned Champion after the opening race on Saturday, leaving Sunday’s double header to be a celebration for him.
Last year Haslam suffered a major crash that took him out of contention in the final round, so he will be careful during the first race, he will not want any mishaps to get in the way of his first British Superbike title. If he does slip up in any way, then RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki racer Jake Dixon is still not assured of taking the title as he would need to win all three races to be certain of the title.
Winning at the last round of the Championship is not an easy task. Riders are jostling for final positions and for contracts to race in 2019, so the stakes are higher than ever. Expect Yamaha’s Josh Brookes, Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin and Smiths Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman to be fighting hard for third position in the series and they will take no prisoners.
Outside the top six, JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey, a Brands Hatch specialist, will be looking to end the season on a high after a disappointing campaign.
The Showdown format has prolonged the inevitable in the 2018 Championship. As soon as Shane Byrne was removed from the competition in an early season crash, it was really a one-horse race with Haslam head and shoulders above his competition. Kudos to Jake Dixon for stepping up and challenging him right to the end though, a new star has been borne and he will be exciting to watch in Moto2 next year.
In the Pirelli 600 Superstock National Championship, Plantec Assist’s Ben Luxton will be looking to end the year with a win. Second place is as close as he has come all season and he has the motivation to go one better and set himself up for 2019.
The final round of the British Superbike Championship takes place at Brands Hatch in Kent on 12th – 14th October.