Byrne sits at the top of the standings with a healthy total of 353 points, with Brookes his nearest challenger back on 257.
At 100 points behind most onlookers would expect Brookes and his fellow chasing pack to be working tirelessly to reduce the deficit but being in the end of season Showdown has changed those thoughts.
Showdown time nearly upon us
With British Superbikes now having a format where the top six riders at the end of the regular season go on to fight it out for the title, being second and first doesn’t have the advantage it once did heading into the end of season.
In normal terms Shane Byrne would almost have the titled secured but the Showdown will see him have to keep his terrific form up after Donington if he is to secure his fourth British Superbike title.
At Donington both Byrne and Brookes will still be hoping to secure maximum points from both races as although the Showdown sees the top six through, achievements from earlier in the season are counted by a different points system.
Plenty to play for
It’s not a two-horse race at Donington though, with Byrne and Brookes set to have to fend off challenges from the likes of Ryuichi Kiyonari, Chris Walker, Dan Linfoot and Tommy Bridewell.
Currently the six men look as if they have their place in the Showdown all sewn up but with Stuart Easton and James Ellison just 34 and 36 points back, respectively, the final two places are far from being decided just yet.
Round Nine at Donington looks to be the type of race perfect for having a bet on with so many permutations and riders looking to make it into the Showdown.
With plenty of bet 365 bonus on offer and around eight men ready to battle it out for victory at Donington it looks a perfect race to have a wager on.
With Brookes and Byrne fighting it out at the top and Easton and Ellison battling to make it into the Showdown before the title deciding final three rounds begin at Assen in late-September Round Nine at Donington looks like it could be the hottest race weekend of the year so far.