With five rounds of the British Superbikes Championship season remaining Holmfirth duo Joe Irving and James Lodge have a big say in where two titles could be heading.
For teenager Irving the Motul British Motostar crown remains a big target after a win at Thruxton left him in second place in the rankings and just 19 points behind championship leader Jordan Weaving – who was second at the Hampshire track.
For two-times British 125cc champions Lodge it is a case of clawing back ground as he is fourth in the National Superstock 600 championship with a 40 point deficit to close on first placed Kyle Reid.
“I am looking forward to Oulton Park and I am hoping to beat Jordan again,” said Irving.
Irving has an added date on his calendar after being invited to compete in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 31 and he added: “It is a great privilege to be involved.”
To help pay for the extra outing Irving is hosting a fundraiser at the Toad and Tatie on Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, on Friday, August 15 (7pm) and everyone is welcome.
For Lodge Thruxton produced a seventh place finish and he will be hoping for more points at Oulton Park.
“Thruxton proved to be very frustrating – the race was just mental,” said Moto-Breakers Kawasaki rider Lodge.
“I was in a group of about 10 riders and nearly got taken out four times, and there were a few crashes because of people knocking other riders off.
“I felt like I should have been further up as I knew I could go quicker than I was going, but just couldn’t make any progress through the group as I had no trust in anyone I was racing against.
“I honestly thought I’d get knocked off by someone and the last thing I need is injury due to someone else’s errors.
“Hopefully Oulton should be better, it’s a track I like so hopefully we’ll be back in the top five again.”
Cross Flatts rider James Pickford was also back in action at Thruxton in the Superstock 600 and piloted his JP Racing Kawasaki to finish 31st.