Buildbase BMW Motorrad rider Richard Cooper needs just six more points to secure the 2011 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship, meaning the title could be wrapped up at Silverstone this weekend.
Cooper's fourth win of the year at Donington Park gave him a 45.5-point lead heading into the penultimate round at Silverstone, where a top-ten finish will guarantee him the title - which would be BMW Motorrad’s second consecutive Superstock 1000 Championship.
Barry Burrell, riding a BMW S 1000 RR in the BSB-EVO class, is currently third in the highly-competitive championship. Burrell’s consistent pace and rapidly improving confidence have seen him take two race wins as well as being a regular top five and podium finisher.
Lee Jackson, who has been assisting the team as a development rider this season, stepped in to race the team’s BSB-spec S 1000 RR at Donington Park, where he took two 21st place finishes and provided the team with significant amounts of feedback and input which has been used to further the development of the bikes.
Stuart Hicken, team principal, said: “As you might expect, we’ve got fingers, toes and anything else we can find crossed for Richard this weekend. The title is very much within our reach and he needs only a tenth place or better to secure the title. But neither he nor the team would like to win in anything less than style, so once again we’re going to go out and aim for the race win.
“Barry has been very impressive recently and only narrowly missed out on taking another race win at Donington. Silverstone’s long, wide and fast circuit really suits our S 1000 RRs so we’re hoping for two more high points scoring finishes. Lee will be racing our Superbike once again. His feedback and input from his two races was very, very useful and we’ve been able to use it for some additional bike development. This, in combination with the character of Silverstone and the extra time he’ll have had on the bike means I’m optimistic about his potential this weekend.
“John Laverty has been doing very well back home in Northern Ireland. He’s now got much of his arm movement and flexibility back and he’s been swimming several times a week to help condition himself and improve his recovery. He’s very much ahead of schedule and is looking forward to getting back on a bike next year.”
Qualifying will be broadcast live on British Eurosport 2 from 11:30am and the racing is on Sunday from 12:30pm.
Superstock 1000 championship standings
1) 180.5pts - Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
5) 135pts - Danny Buchan (MSS Kawasaki)
3) 105pts - Luke Quigley (Astro BMW)
4) 96pts - Tristan Palmer (GBMoto Honda)
5) 88pts - Howie Mainwaring (MSS Kawasaki)
BSB-EVO championship standings
1) 363pts - Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
2) 271pts - Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda)
3) 261pts - Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
4) 222pts - Patric Muff (Tyco Honda)
5) 212pts - Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati)