Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell confirmed in BSB Showdown

Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty
Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty

Tyco BMW riders Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell are both through to the MCE British Superbike Showdown following the final round of the main season at Oulton Park.

Laverty finished ninth, seventh and 12th in the three races over the weekend to secure the last place in the Showdown top six.

His team-mate, Bridewell, was forced out of race one on Saturday with a problem before crashing out of race two on Sunday.

However, the English rider salvaged a podium finish in third place in race three to finish fourth overall entering the Showdown phase ahead of Honda’s Dan Linfoot as the Northern Ireland team sealed two spots in the all-important top six.

Although Laverty admitted he endured a difficult weekend, the Toomebridge rider said the key objective was to safeguard his place in the Showdown.

“That’s the first objective of the season completed, getting both riders into the Showdown, which is a huge achievement for the Tyco BMW team,” said Laverty.

“All the boys should be proud for the work they have put in. Personally it was a difficult weekend for me and I wasn’t comfortable, so I had to focus on scoring enough points to secure my place in the Showdown.

“It’s not how I like to go racing, but we got the job done and we will push hard now in the final three rounds and come out fighting at Assen in a fortnight.”

Reigning champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne bounced back after a run of below-par results to claim his 67th career BSB victory on Saturday from James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) with Danny Buchan third on the Be Wiser Kawasaki ahead of Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes, who was forced to start from the back of the grid after encountering an engine problem in qualifying.

Aussie Brookes hit back to win race two as Byrne retired on the PBM Kawasaki with an engine failure while challenging for the lead.

The pair battled it out again in the third and final race, with Byrne making the decisive pass in the closing stages, holding on to complete a double.

Brookes heads the Showdown standings by two points from Byrne ahead of the opening round at Assen from September 19-20, setting the scene for a mouth-watering title clash.

A delighted Byrne said: “I’m delighted to be in the Showdown again this season and we can now regroup and get ready for the final three rounds.”

Dublin’s Jack Kennedy endured a nightmare weekend after technical issues with his WD-40 Kawasaki meant he never finished a race.