The world's most competitive bike championship, at this level - British Superbikes - visits the historic Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend (14-16 June).

For the last couple of years the Championship has developed into a series of head-to-head battles - Hodgson/Walker, Reynolds/Hislop - but this season is proving to be the most open for years.

Steve Hislop has laid down a marker for the others to shoot at, but the eight races so far this year have produced four different winners in all - Sean Emmett, Michael Rutter and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, as well as Steve, have all made it to the top of the podium.

Reigning champion, John Reynolds, has taken his time getting to grips with his all-new Suzuki, but after riding the wheels off it last time out at Snetterton, looks set to get his Championship defence under way here at the track where he holds the lap record.

Shane Byrne, the 2001 Privateer champion, will also be really up to win at Brands Hatch - it's the home circuit for the Sittingbourne rider.

But the really hot challenge is likely to come from Sean Emmett - having scored a double win at Snetterton, he comes to Brands as a man on a mission.

The half-way point of the season is approaching, and the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is no place for faint hearts - good results here can determine the destiny of this year's championship.

There'll be a superb support package of national championship racing and plenty of off-track entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, as well as karting, trade-sites, and a pitlane walkabout. In 2002 Brands Hatch is supporting the Ellenor Foundation - a local hospice helping people of all ages who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. They will be present at Brands Hatch this weekend collecting donations for their valuable work.



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