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Who will hit the jackpot at Donington Park triple-header?

Wednesday, May 22 2019

The battle continues in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend (May 24/25/26) as the Donington Park National circuit returns to the calendar for the first time since 2002 for the first triple-header of 2019 with Tarran Mackenzie and Tommy Bridewell jointly at the top of the standings.

The Leicestershire circuit's National layout makes a welcome return this weekend for the championship's first visit of the season to Donington Park, and with three races the stakes are high - there have been three different winners from the opening four races.

Mackenzie and Bridewell arrive at Donington Park equal on points at this early stage of the season. Ashby-de-la-Zouch resident Mackenzie is gearing up for his home round this weekend, and after a debut victory at the opener he is gunning for a return to the podium.

Bridewell meanwhile scored his first podium finish of the season last time out at Oulton Park which launched him up the order, but the Oxford Racing Ducati rider admits he knows he needs to start winning races again.

Danny Buchan has been the most consistent podium finisher so far, standing on the podium after three of the opening four races and the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team is pushing for its first victory. If the Essex contender can pull off the feat this weekend, he could become the 50th different race winner in Bennetts BSB history.

Josh Elliott was a Silverstone race winner as both he and the OMG Racing Suzuki team scored their first win in the Superbike class and he holds a narrow two-point advantage over Josh Brookes, as the 2015 champion's confidence rides high after his double win last time out in Cheshire.

Former MotoGP contender Scott Redding currently holds the final place in the top six and the Be Wiser Ducati rider is ready to battle for his first race win in the championship at a circuit where he previously won in Grand Prix racing, beating Mike Di Meglio and Marc Marquez in the 2008 125cc GP race.

This weekend also marks the debut of another former MotoGP rider as Hector Barbera, winner of the 125cc GP race at the 2003 British Grand Prix at Donington Park, joins Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki alongside Glenn Irwin, deputising for the injured Ben Currie.

Honda Racing's Andrew Irwin, Luke Mossey for OMG Racing Suzuki and McAMS Yamaha's Jason O'Halloran are just outside the all-important top six after the opening races and they will be pushing for their first podium of the season. Meanwhile, Keith Farmer leads the BMW charge as the reigning Pirelli National Superstock 1000 champion bids for the first podium finish for the new S 1000 RR.

Bradley Ray will be aiming to kick-start his season this weekend after a challenging start. The Buildbase Suzuki rider took an incredible double win at Donington Park last year, claiming his first victory in Bennetts BSB, so will be looking for a repeat performance to launch himself back up the order.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:

1. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 64
=. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 64
3. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 55
4. Josh Elliott (OMG Racing Suzuki) 52
5. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 50
6. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 40

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