Tommy Hill will take an 11 point advantage into the final round of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, despite missing the podium at a sodden Silverstone.
The Worx Crescent Suzuki rider had hinted at a victory challenge during practice and qualifying, but took things easy during the races as rain arrived to make things unpredictable.
Battling a fading tyre in race one to finish eighth, Hill followed it up with a fifth in race two meaning he heads to the final triple-header round Oulton Park with a comfortable advantage of 11 points over Josh Brookes.
Labelling Oulton Park as his favourite circuit on the calendar, Hill is looking forward to the prospect of a title showdown.
“I'm not over the moon with the performances but I am happy with the outcome,” he said. “We had a few setbacks today but the job was to keep a level head throughout, bearing in mind my championship lead, and not take excessive risks. Consequently it was my rivals who were taking the risks and so suffered the worst misfortune.
“So I'm looking forward to Oulton Park, it's probably my favourite track of the championship. While not everything went to plan this weekend we did again find podium pace both in the wet and dry so I'm confident that we have everything we need to fight for the title come the final Showdown.”