Steve Hislop intends to take another step towards the Motor Cycle News British Superbike Championship title this Sunday (1st September) as the action returns to Oulton Park for a second time this season.

The MonsterMob Ducati rider goes into the eleventh round of the series at the Cheshire circuit with a comfortable 48 points advantage over Sean Emmett.

However, the Scot is taking nothing for granted. He has painful memories of leading last year's title chase, only for his hopes to be dashed by injuries sustained in the penultimate round.

Hislop is brimming with confidence. Though stung by comments by his team-boss that he had become "too generous" to his rivals, he claimed a brilliant double victory in the Bank Holiday Monday meeting at Cadwell Park at record breaking pace to blast a warning to his rivals that he still means business.

In contrast, his nearest rival, Sean Emmett encountered problems at Cadwell. The Weybridge-based rider finished in fifth and sixth place aboard the Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha having struggled with corner handling, but is convinced that he can enjoy better performances at the Cheshire circuit this weekend.

While the title chase essentially centres on these two riders, the Renegade Ducati pairing of Michael Rutter and Shane Byrne, who currently lie in third and fourth place respectively, still have a mathematical chance of taking the crown.

As the local team they will be keen to put on a show and repeat previous performances at the Cheshire circuit. In his last visit to Oulton Park, Rutter shared the winner's champagne with Hislop, but this time around he knows that he has to win both races to maintain his slim hopes of the crown.

Adding further spice to the action up top will be challenges from reigning Champion John Reynolds aboard the Rizla Suzuki who has been scoring consistent results, while Steve Plater is long overdue a first victory with the Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha team.

However, despite these potential threats, Hislop intends to be the man in the driving seat. He is riding better than at any time in his illustrious career and having won seven races so far, including two doubles, he is no mood to let anything slip as the season draws to a close.

Hislop commented: "Having won twice at Cadwell Park, with times that were fantastic in damp conditions, I am hoping that is the way it is going to be between now and the end of the season. Only the Championship matters to me, and I want it."

The support action is also reaching boiling point with Chris Martin and Christian Elkin duelling for 125cc glory; Scott Smart chasing Stuart Easton for the Supersport title, Dave Jefferies, Chris Burns and John Crockford bidding for the Performance Bikes Superstock crown and the continuing scrap between Thomas Sykes and Craig Jones for Dunlop Junior Superstock honours.



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