Michael Laverty says he can't see past Josh Brookes wrapping up a maiden MCE British Superbike title, calling it his to lose at the season finale.

The Tyco BMW rider believes regardless of what Shane Byrne can produce in the triple-header at Brands Hatch two strong points finishes for Brookes will be enough for the championship. The Milwaukee Yamaha rider currently leads the defending BSB champion by 47 points heading into the last round at the Kent circuit.

"It is Josh's to lose," Laverty said. "I know he'd like to wrap it up tomorrow afternoon in race one but he'd probably lean on the side of caution if it comes down to it to get the points on the board. He just needs to bring it home two times really then he has it in the bag. I can't really see it going any other way.

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"But you never know in racing, you just need to look at what happened to Kiyonari last year. I think it is too big a ask to say Shakey can pull it back even if he is good around here, Josh has got too much of a lead."

Laverty, who has an outside shot at taking third place in the BSB championship off of James Ellison who he trails by 20 points, ended the day seventh quickest after struggling in a soaking wet FP1 but ended the day satisfied with the work completed with his Tyco BMW.

"Both sessions were as treacherous as one another," he said. "We haven't really done much running in the wet with this bike so today we tried a few variations to find a decent base setting in the wet.

"The results all depend on the weather, in the last few rounds we've made a big step forward in the dry. I'd like to win a race before the end of the season so I've only got three opportunities left to do it.

"The rain around here is so slick so I'll be happy with just bringing it home but still be looking for podiums. We've not had a fully wet race so I'm not sure where it all stacks up."