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By Philip Wain

This weekend sees the MCE British Superbike Championship make its annual visit overseas with the penultimate round of the series taking place at Assen in Holland.

The Circuit van Drenthe, or ‘Cathedral of motorcycling’, as it is also known, has hosted a BSB round since 2012 and this year will again see it form part of the Showdown with Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne arriving at the Dutch circuit at the top of the Championship table.

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A superb double victory last time out at Donington Park, coupled with a race two crash for closest rival Leon Haslam, has given him a 27-point lead but with five races still to go and 125 points on the table, the Be Wiser Ducati rider knows better than anyone that it’s only a relatively minute margin.

The four-time Champion has seen title leads come and go in the past and Haslam has, arguably, proven to be his biggest challenger of all. The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider admitted he should have settled for second at Donington and taken the points but a double victory at Assen would see him go to the final round with a great chance of taking his maiden BSB title.

Whilst it looks like the Championship will ultimately be fought out between these two, the chasing pack won’t have given up just yet and, of course, the unpredictable Dutch weather could also play its part.

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