It's going to be a dramatic brace of Superbike races this weekend at Donington Park as the final step in the 2002 title chase boils down to a breathtaking battle royal for Team Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha.

The chase for the series crown has reached critical mass with the Team Appleyard star Sean Emmett the only threat to runaway points leader Steve Hislop as the pair line-up for the last round of the year at the midlands circuit - with Emmett's team-mates Steve Plater and Simon Crafar determined to help bring the BSB crown to the 4 cylinder pit box.

With his recent injuries to his hands now fully recovered, Emmett is looking forward to a super scrap for top honours: "I can't wait. There is 37 points between Steve and me in the title chase and I am going to be giving the fight 110 per cent in each race to do my absolute best to try and take the title. I know Donington Park very well and I think that the flowing nature of the track will suit the Yamaha R1 superbly."

With a possible 50 points up for grabs, 25 awarded to the winner of each race, there is still everything to play for going into the final round, given his recent performances over the last couple of rounds where mechanical failure and rider error have cost him dear, Hislop has a dark cloud hanging over him into Donington.

Team boss Rob McElnea added: "It's going to be a very exiting race day for sure. Look at Sean's performances, he is a racer who is as cool as they come. I think he will be a very together package come race day. Plus he has two of the best riders in the series already vowing to help him as much as possible."

The camaraderie comes from the awesome pairing of Steve Plater and Simon Crafar, both riding high on their best results of the year. Plater has been in outstanding form, winning two of the last three races after titanic battles with a host of Superbike stars - including Hislop.

"Bring it on," declared Plater. "I can't wait for this weekend. We know the Yamahas were very good when were there earlier this season, that was proved by us just missing out on our first race win by a fraction of a second. Now, after a full year of development the bikes are even better than they were when we were at Donington before.

"As a rider I know how to get more out of the bike too. Basically, we are all a better package than ever. We are coming to this round on a high of wins and want to do the business."

Crafar has also been enjoying some of his best finishes of the year, setting strings of scorching lap times and scoring podium places. Both riders have been on the podium at Donington earlier in the year and reckon that this weekend is definitely a case of more of the same.

"The atmosphere is electric!" beamed Crafer. "We are all so fired up for this round that we just can't get to Donington soon enough. This is going to be a full-on pair of races where I think it will boil down to a pure scrap on track. Steve and I know what we have to do, ride as hard as possible and help Sean as much as we can. Everybody in the team is so focussed on these races. The title is within our grasp and as a team we are going to do everything we can to make that happen."

 

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