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Five riders, one Bennetts BSB title: The contenders are all-in for the Brands Hatch decider

The 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship reaches its climax this weekend (October 16/17/18) with five title protagonists taking the battle down to the wire on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

At the top of the standings, for the first time this season, is Josh Brookes, ahead of the final three rounds. The 2015 champion seized the advantage following the previous event at Donington Park, where he celebrated a win and two third places to give him a 16-point edge over his closest rival, and teammate, Christian Iddon.

Iddon lines up for the title fight ahead of the triple-header finale for the first time on the second of the VisionTrack Ducatis, as the PBM team bids to add an eighth Bennetts BSB crown to its accomplishments in the series. 

However just two-points adrift of Iddon, is Glenn Irwin, who led the title standings right up until the previous meeting after losing ground with a crash in the opening race in the East Midlands. The Honda Racing contender is more than ready to take on his Ducati rivals, bidding to end a sensational debut season for the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP with a title victory.

Glenn Irwin knows that it isn’t just the two riders ahead of him to contend with though. He has just a one-point margin over McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O'Halloran, as both riders chase their first title.

McAMS Yamaha is the third team and manufacturer in with a chance of title glory after the final race of the season at Brands Hatch; and O’Halloran will be keen to regain the ground he lost in the previous event at Donington Park.

Tarran Mackenzie is the joker in the pack; a 46-point deficit to Brookes means he still has an outside chance at the title but knows that the opening race on Saturday could prove pivotal to his chances of a first Bennetts BSB crown.

Whilst the five title contenders are ready to go all-in as they bid for title celebrations after Round 18 on Sunday, there are three other race winners this season who will be determined to mix it at the front. Tommy Bridewell, Kyle Ryde and Andrew Irwin, have all been victorious in 2020, and for the second of the Irwin brothers, he will be pushing to take as many points off Glenn’s rivals to aid Honda Racing’s title bid.

Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan and Lee Jackson have been podium finishers this season and will want to end the year on a high, whilst the BMW contenders including Luke Mossey and Bradley Ray will want to come out of the weekend as the leading rider for the manufacturer after a difficult campaign.

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