Monster Mob Ducati rider Scot Steve Hislop delighted a 30,500 strong crowd at Cadwell Park as he took control of the chase for the Motor Cycle News British Superbike title with a winning double in the tenth round.
The Flying Scot proved to be the dominant force throughout the weekend as he answered a 'hurry-up' call from his team-boss Paul Bird, who said his rider ''had been too generous to his rivals in earlier rounds.''
Hislop answered that criticism with a blisteringly fast lap to claim pole start for the first time since the second round back in April, and maintained the pace throughout the two races at the 2.17 mile Lincolnshire circuit.
Shane Byrne took the early initiative in the first race, but the Renegade Ducati rider was not able to shake off the hard charging Hislop, once the Scot had assured himself that a slight imbalance at the rear of his bike was nothing to be concerned about. Hislop was ahead at half distance as he charged round the outside on the run into Park Corner. He then went on to brake the lap record four times in six laps as he pulled away from Byrne.
''Those three or four laps finally broke him - I just had to do it, because he just beat me last time out,'' 'Hizzy' commented, ''These times were unbelievable in those conditions.''
There was even better to come in the second race of the day - a race run in two parts either side of a light rain shower - which was decided on aggregate time.
Renegade Ducati's Michael Rutter made the break and Hislop was little more than a tenth of a second down when the red-flags came out. However, in the second part of the race, Hislop reduced the lap record to 1min 24.883secs - with an average speed of 92.16mph - as he pulled clear to take his seventh win of the season.
''That was brilliant - I came here to get a grip on the championship having messed around in the previous rounds and, hopefully, that is the way it is going to be through to the end now,'' he bubbled.
That second winning double extended Hislop's advantage over Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha rider Sean Emmett to 48 points, with three rounds remaining.