2012 MCE British Superbike Championship standings

Similarly, though he didn't get onto the podium once in 2012, Tommy Bridewell proved he deserved to be in the Showdown as he notched up 15 top six finishes on the formerly little-fancied Supersonic BMW.

Outside the top six, though he too couldn't make it onto the podium, the ultra-consistent James Westmoreland secured the 'Riders' Cup' in seventh place, picking off the scalps of Noriyuki Haga – whose flashes of brilliance were nixed by several mediocre races – and race winner Chris Walker.

Coming back from his horrific injuries, Stuart Easton ended his season with solid tenth overall, ahead of Ian Lowry, whose strong race-winning start to the year ended with him not even participating in the final round.

The same could be said for Jon Kirkham and Alastair Seeley, whose 1-2 finish in the first race of the year was never topped as they slid to 12th and 13th overall.

2012 MCE British Superbike Championship rider standings (2011 BSB Championship standings in italic brackets)

1. (3) Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 683 points
2. (5) Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki 655
3. (1) Tommy Hill Swan Yamaha 612
4. (20) Alex Lowes WFR Honda 584
5. (4) Michael Laverty Samsung Honda 581
6. (17) Tommy Bridewell Supersonic BMW 577
7. (15) James Westmoreland WFR Honda 182
8. (-) Noriyuki Haga Swan Yamaha 160
9. (12) Chris Walker Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki 138
10. (18) Stuart Easton Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 135
11. (22) Ian Lowry Padgetts Honda 131
12. (7) Jon Kirkham Samsung Honda 122
13. (-) Alastair Seeley Tyco Suzuki 95
14. (25) Barry Burrell Buildbase BMW 84
15. (-) Luca Scassa Padgetts Honda 76
16. (13) Graeme Gowland WFR Honda 69
17. (9) Peter Hickman MSS Bathams Kawasaki/Buildbase BMW 65
18. (26) Patric Muff Supersonic BMW 63
19. (8) Michael Rutter MSS Bathams Kawasaki 61
20. (19) Dan Linfoot Buildbase BMW 30
21. (27) Karl Harris Quattro Plant Kawasaki 23
22. (-) Robbin Harms Doodson Honda 23
23. (-) Luke Quigley GBmoto Honda 18
24. (-) Danny Buchan MSS Bathams Kawasaki 16
25. (10) Gary Mason Quattro Plant Kawasaki 14
26. (-) Jason O'Halloran Padgetts Honda 10
27. (-) Tristan Palmer GBmoto Honda 8
28. (23) Scott Smart Moto Rapido Ducati 8
29. (-) Jakub Smrz Splitlath Redmond Aprilia 8
30. (-) Freddy Foray Quattro Plant Kawasaki 7
31. (-) Alex Polita Jentin Doodson Ducati 5
32. (-) Mark Aitchison Splitlath Redmond Aprilia 3
33. (32) John Laverty Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki 3
34. (3) James HIllier Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki 1

Related Pictures

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Race 2 start [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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