Josh Brookes feels his MCE British Superbike championship battle truly begins in the three-round finale having booked his spot in the Showdown at Silverstone.

The Anvil Hire Yamaha rider secured his top six status with victory in race two at the Northamptonshire circuit and closed the gap on title rivals Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam ahead of the final three rounds to see just 10 points split the top three.

Brookes says due to the Showdown format he expects the title fight to intensify from Oulton Park onwards and is in a confident mood having rediscovered the winning feeling from his Anvil Hire Yamaha after a tricky round at Cadwell Park.

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“Without sounding cocky I’d put it down to my own confidence that I expected to be here but you can never guarantee it,” Brookes said. “Throughout the year I expected to be in this position but today was certainly challenging.

“After race two being confirmed in the Showdown made it a lot easier, a slightly less stressful race, but the real fight starts at the next round.

“When I am riding well and the bike is doing what I need it to do I can win so hopefully we can manage the situation to stay in that range. The tracks coming up our good circuits for me as I have held lap records at them and won races at them so there is no reason for us not to be confident.

“But looking at what happened today the championship is full of interesting circumstances. We’ve just got to stay focused and not make mistakes.”

Brookes has maintained his 100% record of making it into the BSB Showdown in seven out of seven campaigns – the only year without the Australia rider in the top six was last season when he was racing in the World Superbike championship.