Mallory Park was the location for round nine of the Championship and the British weather had a massive impact on proceedings. Heavy rain hit first free practice so the session was reduced to just twenty minutes. During those twenty minutes Ollie Bridewell took to the track on his NB Racing Suzuki. He high sided and was thrown into the barriers at the Esses.

Sadly this was one crash that he couldn't walk away from. He was treated at the track side by the Medical staff before being transferred to the Medical Centre, where he lost the fight for life.

The racing went on in a subdued fashion and the out come pulled the championship even closer. Byrne nailed his first victory of the season, Rea nabbed second place from Haslam while Kiyonari crashed out, handing the title lead to Rea.

Race two saw Rea follow in the footsteps of his team-mate by crashing out and losing his title lead. The second win went to Kiyo who walked it, Haslam took second and Byrne stepped on the podium once again.

Croft in the North East was to produce some interesting results as the younger riders started to come of age. Crutchlow took his first Superbike pole position at a circuit he had never got along with. It didn't translate into a podium finish but he did finish in fourth place in race one, his highest finish of the year. Another young gun finally stepped on the rostrum, not once but twice! Sykes on the Stobart Honda rode two hard races and finished third in both. Kiyo was thrilled with his double result before heading to Cadwell, Honda's home track.

With just three rounds to go Kiyo was 26 points clear of Rea and 60 points ahead of Haslam. Haslam grabbed pole at Cadwell and proceeded to beat Honda at their home track. Meanwhile Lavilla jumped the start and was given a twenty second penalty but he still managed to complete the race in seventh. Camier managed to crash and take down Rea with him. Rea remounted only to tumble off at Park corner. Haslam took the win from Kiyo and Sykes once again slotted into third place. Kiyo now had clear 46 points lead over his team-mate who was just 9 points ahead of Haslam.

Rea fought back in race two taking the win from Kiyo with Lavilla in third place. Camier had a huge off over the Mountain, landing badly, dislocating his knee, breaking his femur and cracking his pelvis - that was the end of his season. Haslam over cooked it and crashed at Park corner on the last lap. Rea's win left the point's situation thus, Kiyo 388, Rea 347, and Haslam 313.

The penultimate round took place at Donington Park and the racing was as unpredictable as ever. Sykes picked up pole position and he was hoping it would translate into a win, but his luck was out.

Kiyo could have picked up the title at Donington; all he needed was a double win. Haslam took the win from an eventful race one, with Sykes and Byrne in second and third respectively. The HM Plant Honda team were having a bad day. Rea had tyre and suspension issues which caused him to run on at the Melbourne loop almost taking Haslam with him. Both stayed on board and rejoined the race, Haslam wasted no time in regaining the lead while Rea had to settle for fifth.

Kiyo was coming under pressure from Crutchlow who dived under him, unfortunately missing a gear, this was just enough to speed him up and cause him to crash, taking Kiyo with him.

Thanks to his fall in race one, Kiyo was absolutely on it in race two getting out of shape all over the place. Haslam and Sykes squared up to one another on the last lap with Sykes trying to take him at Goddards and it was a real drag to the line with Haslam beating Sykes by just 0.056secs. This superb double win put Haslam back into contention for the title fight. The points now stood at Kiyo 404, Rea 367 and Haslam on 363.

The fight was going to go to the wire at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit where it was Kiyo's title to lose and everyone else's to gain. Lavilla stormed to pole with the fastest two wheeled lap of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, he was joined by Sykes then Rea, with Byrne taking up the last place on the front row.

Kiyo needed to finish in the top five to clinch the title and he did just that coming home in third place to secure his number one plate. Lavilla took the win from Rea leaving second place in the championship still wide open. Race two win went to Lavilla, giving him at least a fairy tale ending to his difficult season.

Byrne ran out of luck at Paddock Hill on lap thirteen when he lost the rear and slid off at high speed into the gravel. This gifted Crutchlow third place and his first podium of the year. Kiyo had to settle for fourth place, after the race he admitted that he had relaxed a little bit too much! With Rea on the podium twice he secured second place in the championship giving HM Plant Honda the top two spots.

2008 will see a lot of changes to the British Superbike Championship with Kiyonari, Rea and Lavilla heading to the world championships and being replaced by up and coming riders. Another big change will be the Pirelli control tyre, introduced to help level the field, which should also allow the return of BSB wild-cards at World Superbike events.


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