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Brookes on top as Bennetts BSB Showdown decider gets underway

Friday, September 06 2019

2015 Bennetts British Superbike champion Josh Brookes topped the timings in free practice at Oulton Park today as the crucial Showdown decider weekend got underway, with three of the six spots left to be claimed in the 2019 title fight. 

Brookes, fellow Be Wiser Ducati rider Scott Redding and Ducati privateer Tommy Bridewell have already confirmed their places in the Showdown, with Danny Buchan, Tarran Mackenzie and Andrew Irwin currently filling the remaining slots.

But a clutch of other riders can still make the cut so this weekend's three races - one tomorrow and two on Sunday - are certain to be hard-fought battles. Smiths Racing BMW's Peter Hickman sits just outside the six, trailing Honda's Irwin by a single point, with Xavi Forés just four points behind him in eighth.

The final Showdown six will be declared as the race three flag falls on Sunday, and they'll then compete over three rounds - Assen, Donington Park and Brands Hatch - for the 2019 title. 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Free Practice 1:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:34.690s
  2. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.528s
  3. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.662s
  4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.876s
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.138s
  6. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.281s
  7. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.351s
  8. Glenn Irwin (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.708s
  9. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +2.072s
  10. Dan Linfoot (Santander Salt TAG Yamaha) +2.189s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Free Practice 2 result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:34.075s
  2. Danny Buchan (FS3-Racing Kawasaki) +0.508s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.619s
  4. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.935s
  5. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.945s
  6. Glenn Irwin (Tyco BMW) +1.401s
  7. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.439s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Santander Salt TAG Yamaha) +1.458s
  9. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.690s
  10. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +1.695s

Tickets for this weekend's triple-header are available on the gate, priced £20 tomorrow (Saturday) and £35 on Sunday for adults, with discounts for teens and seniors. Kids under 13 go free!