Swan Yamaha will enter the BSB Championship Showdown with momentum on their side after winning all three races at Cadwell Park on Bank Holiday Monday. Michael Laverty got the weekend off to the perfect start by winning Sunday's rescheduled race from Oulton Park before Tommy Hill did the double on Monday, taking the championship lead in the process.

The Yamaha duo fought out a tight battle for the win in race one while the riders behind them scrambled for the final places in the showdown. Josh Brookes and Michael Rutter were two of the riders looking to book their place in the top six and their fight for third became too close for comfort on lap six.

Coming into the Hall Bends, Brookes' Suzuki made contact with Rutter's Ducati, sending him into retirement. Although Brookes continued to finish third behind Laverty and Hill, the stewards later excluded him from the result, promoting Shane Byrne to third ahead of Jon Kirkham, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Gary Mason.

Swan Yamaha also dominated the opening race on Monday but this time, Hill turned the tables on his teammate to claim his sixth win of the year despite a crash in the warm-up. Byrne joined them on the podium once again ahead of Brookes in fourth, while Peter Hickman was a strong fifth.

Jon Kirkham was sixth on the sole Crescent Suzuki but with defending champion Kiyonari in ninth, his title hopes were all but extinguished. The Japanese rider was the only rider yet to confirm his place in the showdown going into race three but with an 18 point advantage over Kirkham, knew that eighth or better would do the trick.

Kiyonari duly delivered, finishing seventh in the final race of the day although Kirkham's failure to win rendered it academic. Victory went to Hill once again but he was forced to work extremely hard to see off Laverty.

The Northern Irishman made a mistake late on which allowed Brookes through into second, denying Shaun Muir's team a hat trick of 1-2 finishes. Laverty still held on to third, denying Byrne a podium credit while Hickman put in another impressive display to take fifth.

With three rounds to go, the stage is now set for the championship showdown, a relatively new system in BSB. This year is just the third time the Showdown has been implemented and in case you are unfamiliar with the concept, all is revealed below…

 

“The Showdown” Explained:

Throughout the season, riders have been collecting podium credits with three points awarded for a victory, two for second and one for third. Before the showdown begins, each of the six riders involved has their overall points total reset to 500 and their podium credits added to give their new score.

By virtue of winning seven races to Shane Byrne's four, Tommy Hill now leads the championship with 529 points, seven ahead of the HM Plant Honda rider. Points will continue to be scored as normal in the remaining three rounds and the man in the top six with the highest score after Brands Hatch will become the 2011 MCE British Superbike Champion.

All riders outside the top six will continue to accumulate points as part of the BSB Riders Cup.

 

Riders Championship (After Round 9: Cadwell Park)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Wins Pts
1 Tommy Hill GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 7 529
2 Shane Byrne GBR Honda HM Plant Honda 4 522
3 John Hopkins USA Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 2 518
4 Michael Laverty GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 2 510
5 Josh Brookes AUS Suzuki Relentless Suzuki by TAS 1 509
6 Ryuichi Kiyonari JAP Honda HM Plant Honda 2 508
7 Jon Kirkham GBR Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 1 145
8 Gary Mason GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki 135
9 Michael Rutter GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati 130
10 Peter Hickman GBR Honda Tyco Honda 128
11 Loris Baz FRA Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha 88
12 Chris Walker GBR Kawasaki Pr1mo Racing 83
13 Martin Jessopp GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati 74
14 Stuart Easton GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki 69
15 James Westmoreland GBR Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha 59
16 Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Team Sorrymate.com 49
17 Glen Richards (E) AUS Honda Team WFR 47
18 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki 46
19 Graeme Gowland (E) GBR Honda Team WFR 40
20 Tommy Bridewell GBR Honda Tyco Honda 38
21 James Ellison GBR Honda Team Sorrymate.com 22
22 Joan Lascorz SPA Kawasaki Kawasaki World Superbike Team 17
23 Scott Smart (E) GBR Ducati Moto Rapido Ducati 17
24 Ian Lowry GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 14
25 Steve Brogan GBR Honda Jentin Racing Honda 8
26 Simon Andrews (E) GBR Kawasaki Buy-Force.com PR Racing Kawasaki 8
27 Jake Zemke (E) USA Honda Team WFR 8
28 Broc Parkes AUS Kawasaki Kawasaki World Superbike Team 7
29 Barry Burrell (E) GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 7
30 John Laverty GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 6
31 Patric Muff (E) SWI Honda Tyco Honda 6
32 Hudson Kennaugh (E) RSA Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport 5
33 Karl Harris (E) GBR Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport 4
34 Dan Kneen (E) GBR Kawasaki Marks Bloom Racing 3
35 Tom Tunstall (E) GBR BMW Doodson Motorsport 1