Leon Haslam, Bradley Ray, Josh Brookes – three of the Showdown contenders
With 14 races already completed over seven rounds and with 12 more to go including two triple-headers, firstly at Silverstone for round nine to determine who makes the final six Showdown places, and then at Brands Hatch for the final round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbikes season, we take a look at how the championship has unfolded so far.
Eurosport’s James Whitham joins Chris Newble and Michael Mann from BikeSocial and Bennetts to recap the entertainment so far which has seen five different winners (Leon Haslam – 7 wins, Josh Brookes - 3, Bradley Ray - 2, Shane Bryne - 1, and Jake Dixon - 1) plus a further 7 further podium finishers (Glen Irwin – 4 podiums, Danny Buchan – 2, Jason O’Halloran - 2, Peter Hickman - 1, James Ellison - 1, Michael Laverty - 1 and Dan Linfoot - 1) with every manufacturer having a representative standing on one of the top three steps – what a championship it’s already been!
Whitham dishes out the gold stars and the ‘could-do-betters’ as we discuss Haslam’s consistency, Byrne’s TV career, Ray’s bright start, Mackenzie’s learnings, Brookes’ momentum, Buchan’s calmness, Dixon’s confidence and Irwin’s achievements. As well as the Showdown contenders as we head into the final five rounds versus our pre-season predictions.
We also talk about the underachievers with Luke Mossey plus both Honda’s and BMW’s top of the list. But why? Whitham has his theories.
We also touch on the support classes with Superstock 1000 providing its usual high standard of close racing then the Supersport, Superstock 600 and Motostar classes and their stand-out rider per class.