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The penultimate round of this year's championship takes place September 28-30 at Assen in the Netherlands with Steve Kershaw and Stuart Clarke in celebratory mood.
They clinched the title at Cadwell Park last time out, and will be dead set on continuing their winning form at the Cathedral of Speed.

The chase for second place in the championship is still very much alive however. Kershaw's team-mates Todd Ellis and Charlie Richardson sit there at the moment on the Santander Salt 600 Honda, but Gary Bryan and Phil Hyde (1000 GBR Kawasaki), along with former champions Ricky Stevens and Ryan Charlwood on the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit 600 Kawasaki are easily within touch.
Ellis and Stevens are also locked in a battle for 600cc Cup honours, so they have a double target.

With double points on hand at the Brands finale, the round at Assen is going to be crucial.
The close action between Ellis and Stevens has resulted in contact on more than one occasion this year, with retirements and “no scores” the result.
It is therefore vital for both these crews to get good solid results at Assen on the run-in to the final round.

Gary Horspole and James Connell hold fifth on the Sleaford Quality Foods/Baker Plant Hire Kawasaki, but are looking over their shoulders at the Birchall brothers Ben and Tom.
The Mansfield based Birchalls will go to Holland having moved to within one point of the lead in the World Championship last time out.
With just one race remaining in that competition, they will be using Assen to advance their British challenge in both the main championship and the 600cc Cup, whilst at the same time honing their skills before the FIM finale just one week later.
Several European wild-cards complete the line-up, and if we get the usual complement of Dutch National runners, you expect close and fast racing to delight the grandstands.
This is the final year of 1000cc engines, as the entire championship moves to 600cc power in line with the FIM World Sidecar regulations.

Eurosport will be covering the weekend live, and the usual highlights package will be available on Motorsport TV with the key moments and important bits in video clips on

Barry Nutley