Jason O’Halloran and Bradley Ray became the first two riders to confirm their status as Title Fighters in the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship last weekend at Thruxton, with now just six races at Cadwell Park and Snetterton remaining to decide the final six.
Ahead of the next round in Lincolnshire, third and fourth position are currently held by Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Racing Kawasaki pairing Lee Jackson and Rory Skinner, who maintained their place in the standings after Thruxton.
Honda Racing UK’s Glenn Irwin elevated himself into fifth place and just seven points adrift of Skinner, whilst Kyle Ryde dropped one position in the standings to sixth following two non-points scoring finishes at Thruxton.
Tarran Mackenzie’s podium haul continued to bolster his title defence; he moved up one position into seventh for the McAMS Yamaha team and is now just three points adrift of Ryde in sixth place.
Tommy Bridewell dropped to eighth in the standings, holding the final place in the current top eight after the three Thruxton races.
There are still a maximum of 150 points available from the three races at Cadwell Park and Snetterton, and so they will prove crucial in the title aspirations ahead of the Showdown.
Peter Hickman is the first rider outside of the Showdown eight; the FHO Racing BMW rider had his strongest showing of the season at Cadwell Park last year and knows he needs a strong weekend to bridge the 43-point gap to Bridewell ahead of him.
Leon Haslam and the VisionTrack Kawasaki team moved up two places into tenth in the standings, closing to within six points of Hickman ahead of him.
Danny Buchan, Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes are just adrift of Haslam but all three need to leave Cadwell Park with a haul of points if they stand a chance of being in the final fight for the top eight at Snetterton.
Tom Sykes and Andrew Irwin complete the current top 15 in the standings, still holding a mathematical outside chance of making the final cut.