Sean Emmett will be a man on a mission this weekend (14/15 September) as he powers into Sunday's penultimate round of the British Superbike Championship at Mallory Park. The Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha rider knows that he has to hit 'double top' if he is have any chance of taking the country's premier crown.

The Weybridge-based rider is now fully recovered from the bruising he took in a high speed crash during qualifying last time out at Oulton Park. His subsequent damage limitation exercise earned him vital points needed to stay in contention with the Series leader Steve Hislop.

However, Emmett's cause was also aided by a rare mechanical failure that sidelined Hislop just as he had grabbed the lead in the second race at the Cheshire circuit. As a result the MonsterMob Ducati rider, who claimed victory in the first race of the day, was denied the chance of his third 'double' of the season.

Hislop, the winner of seven races so far, has bossed the title charge throughout and he arrives at the Leicestershire circuit with a commanding 56 points advantage over Emmett.

Renegade Ducati's rider Michael Rutter also has a mathematical chance of lifting the crown. Rutter who lives close to the circuit will be keen to make local knowledge pay and is riding better now than at any time during his career. But he does not control his own destiny - to win the crown, the Kirkby Mallory-based rider, has to win the remaining races and bank on the leading pair dropping points.

That said, Rutter and his team-mate Shane Byrne could have a big say in the outcome of the title chase, as both are accomplished front-running riders who could upset any tactical plans hatched by Hislop and Emmett as they plan their penultimate run-in.

Hislop has shown in recent weeks a renewed hunger to "take the Championship by the scruff of the neck." This has produced record breaking performances in both qualifying and racing and the 40 year old Isle of Man-based Scot will be looking to again set the pace and dictate terms.

Mallory Park could favour the 1000cc machines and Emmett, but he will be have to contend with serious challenges from both Steve Plater who celebrated his maiden victory two weeks ago and John Reynolds aboard his Rizla Suzuki GSX R1000, who, while conceding the crown he won last year, is keen to show his real form with a winning ride on a circuit where he has enjoyed considerable success during his illustrious career.

Surrounding the two Superbike races, the National support classes are at boiling point with Dave Jefferies keen to head off Chris Burns to claim a second Superstock title in three years, while in the Supersport class Scott Smart needs a victory if he is to get ahead of Stuart Easton. Craig Jones and Tom Sykes continue their scrap for the Junior Superstock title while

Meanwhile, Chris Martin and Christian Elkin are locked in a duel for the ultra competitive 125cc Championship.

 

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