Steve Hislop and John Reynolds continue their high powered head-to head for the British Superbike crown in this Sunday's (2 September) double race tenth round of the series on the fast, demanding Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

As they charge into the action the heat is on Reynolds - these are races that the Red Bull Ducati rider has to win to reel in his Scottish rival. Hislop heads the title stakes 10-8 in terms of race victories and by a clear 20 points after dominating the Holiday Monday races at Cadwell Park.

The MonsterMob Ducati rider is at his most confident and is looking to hit double top for a fifth time this season to edge closer to the title he last held in 1995. ''The results at Cadwell were just what I needed and now I am looking for more of the same on a circuit that I have had some good results on in the past.

Last year on the Yamaha I went well there and having raced at Brands Hatch twice already this season, albeit on the Grand Prix circuit, the team has pulled together a lot of information which should be particularly useful.''

Hislop will again be looking to pressurise Reynolds by getting out front and dictating terms. ''I enjoy setting the pace and controlling the action in that way, and need to take victories in this meeting just to pull that little bit further ahead, increasing the advantage and giving John a bit more to think about.''

The rivalry between the two riders on track is intense. Both have smooth riding styles, developed over long careers, and both are keen to regain the country's premier crown. Reynolds, from Nottingham, won the title three years prior to Hislop's success, and is still smarting from missing out last term when he set the pace for much of the season but had to settle for third place overall in the rankings.

Reynolds is a winner and he intends to settle for nothing less, which should ensure a dramatic shoot-out between them but joining the front-running action will be the hard-charging Sean Emmett, aboard the second Red Bull Ducati and James Haydon, currently third in the rankings, aboard the Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha.

Haydon was back to his best last Monday at the Lincolnshire circuit, taking a second and a fourth placing and will be looking for a season first victory on a circuit where he has a good pedigree while both John Crawford, riding the Clarion Suzuki, Michael Rutter aboard the Kawasaki and Paul Brown on the Dienza Ducati will be looking to pack the placings.

Sittingbourne rider Shane Byrne should continue his domination of the Privateers Cup with more victories aboard the Performance House Suzuki but under some pressure from Gary Jackson, his nearest rival, who is keen to add to his maiden victory of last Monday.

Around the two Superbike races, there are the tenth round of five other British championships. Karl Harris, the Clarion Suzuki rider who has won three of the last four rounds of the Supersport series, is now just seven points down on series leader Kirk McCarthy, with both Matt Llewellyn and John McGuinness also gunning for the crown.

Yorkshireman Dave Jefferies has to repeat his Holiday Monday success to maintain his hopes of catching British Superstock points leader Paul Young while in the 125cc action, Casey Stoner, the 15-year-old Aussie whiz-kid, has a comfortable lead ahead over Leon Camier and Paul Robinson. Completing the action are rounds of the British Junior Superstock and 250cc Championships.

 

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