Josh Brookes says having settled on a ‘different direction’ with his Anvil Hire Yamaha he’s optimistic of a strong start to the MCE British Superbike Showdown as the title battle begins.

With a win and a second place at Silverstone, the 2015 BSB champion has closed the gap on the top two Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam down to just 10 points after the BSB Showdown kicked into action – when the top six riders are all put on 500 points with their Podium Points added to their total for the three-round finale.

Brookes says the development with his Yamaha YZF-R1 over the season, with the addition of a new fuel tank installed before the Cadwell Park round, puts him in a stronger position to attack at Oulton Park compared to his last outing at the Cheshire circuit in May.

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“The Championship starts this weekend, that’s how it is designed, I still hold the lap record at Oulton Park so there’s no reason why I can’t find what I need too to start strongly,” Brookes said. “The bike has moved in a different direction since we were there the last time, hopefully when we return we’ll have a nice setup that will give me confidence and I can push straight away, but that will be seen when we arrive on Friday.

“I expected to be here at this point. You never can guarantee it but throughout the year I expected to be able to sit in this position. I’m riding well and the bike is doing what I need it to do we are in a position to win. Hopefully we can manage the situation so we can stay in that range.”