British Superbike championship front runners Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes are ready to resume their battle at Thruxton, a circuit the pair both revel in racing at.
The Milwaukee Yamaha rider's double victory last time out at Brands Hatch has closed the gap to Byrne to five points in the BSB standings and while both appear to have assured themselves Showdown spots the fight for the all-important Podium credits is set to rage on.
Heading into round seven at Thruxton, Byrne has accumulated the most Podium points with 38 after his five wins, four seconds and a third. Brookes follows closely behind on 25 Podium points thanks to his two wins, three seconds and six thirds.
12 months ago the two tussled for victories at the Hampshire circuit with Brookes coming out on top in both races. After PBM Kawasaki's Byrne suffered a rare blip last time out and Brookes is on song with the new Yamaha R1, it creates an intriguing mid-season contest which could prove telling come the end of the year.
Both riders say they love racing at Thruxton and will be fully committed to taking top spot, while Brookes wishes the BSB paddock could return to the track more often than once a season.
“Going to Thruxton it is a track I enjoy every year,” Brookes said. “It is one of those tracks that even on a slow lap it is enjoyable, it's fast, fun and flowing and something to look forward to.
“It is a shame we don't go there more. To come from a double win and going to a track I like, it has given us confidence.”
Despite notching up a double rostrum last year the four-time BSB champion reveals he was far from happy with his results.
“I absolutely love Thruxton,” Byrne said. “In 2013 we had a double win there and I love the place and was so looking forward to it last year but it was probably our worst round of the year, it was an absolute disaster which I want to put right.
“As a racer it is the only thing you ever think about. Even when you are talking to your wife about cups or whatever for your house but then you start thinking, 'well if I went to Thruxton and did this…' you always drift back to bike racing.”
Thruxton is gearing up to host round seven of the 2015 MCE British Superbike championship on the 31st July to the 2nd August.
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