Gary Mason believes he is still in with a chance to qualify for the MCE British Superbike title shootout despite facing a 20 point deficit to Ryuichi Kiyonari heading to Cadwell Park.

The MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider has enjoyed a good sophomore season with the Nick Morgan-helmed team, with his second podium of the year coming last time out at Brands Hatch.

However, a fall in one of the three races around the Kent circuit has left Mason on the back foot compared to Kiyonari and Michael Rutter (who is 15 points ahead).

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Nonetheless, with a maximum of 75 points up for grabs, Mason is feeling optimistic about his chances having enjoyed a refreshing summer break in the meantime.

"I've had a mega few weeks since Brands. I took a trip up to sunny Scotland to visit Stuart, who is doing really well, and while up in Hawick we went to visit our old team mate Steve Hislop's memorial museum. I had never been there before and it was great to pay my respects to an old friend!

"Other than that it has been business as usual, doing my training at UTC every day, getting my fitness and mind ready for Cadwell. It's a big round for me as we've still got a chance to get in the top six. I love the track and can't wait for the Bank Holiday weekend to begin"

Mason is classified eighth in the BSB standings, three points ahead of Jon Kirkham.