Josh Brookes has singled out four competitors that will act as his main rivals for victories at Oulton Park for round three of the MCE British Superbike championship.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider topped the timesheets in the one-day test at the Cheshire track last week, breaking his own old BSB lap record with a 1m 34.850s. Even though the Australian rider feels the test will give him a strong start at Oulton he is certain James Ellison, Stuart Easton, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne will challenging him for wins this weekend.

"I expect there is going to be the usual suspects going for the wins on Monday," Brookes said. "Ellison has a good history of being fast at Oulton Park and so does Stuart Easton. Then you look at Kiyo who has had good results here in the past. I hold the lap record so that puts me into the mix and then obviously there is Shakey, so you have to expect him to be difficult to beat.

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"It's going to be a good four or five way battle at the front for the wins, but we are confident we can make some more improvements and then it is down to me, so there is a bit in myself too."

Brookes is third in the BSB riders' standings after his double podium last time out at Brands Hatch and his four named rivals are all in the top six Showdown positions.

The only exception is Dan Linfoot, currently in fifth position, but he has been ruled out of Oulton Park after breaking his right wrist in a crash during free practice one at Brands Hatch two weeks ago.

Even though the season is still in its infancy if Brookes's prediction is correct the shape of the final three-round Showdown may already be starting to come clear.