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The Ducati TriOptions Cup is reaching fever pitch with three riders left battling for 2015 glory. Both races at Silverstone with thrillers, with the main championship contenders fighting fairing to fairing to grab every available point.

 It was Leon Morris leading the way coming into the weekend for P&H/Carl Cox Motorsport, but in qualifying on Saturday morning his closest competitor Robbie Brown on the Boast Plumbing 899 grabbed pole position. Rob Guiver's Hyside Motorcycles machine was third on the grid - he also sat third in the standings.

When the lights went out for the first time on Saturday afternoon it was Morris on the charge, and he hit the front to set up an enthralling battle with Brown as the pair seemed to have better pace at different points on the long 3.7-mile track allowing them to swap positions almost every lap.

As Guiver's 899 Panigale stalked the top two, it looked certain to come down to a last lap decider and so it proved to be. In the end it was Guiver's roll of the dice to try and pass Brown at Village that ultimately gave Morris the breathing space to go on to win. As Guiver ran wide and couldn't manage to hold on to second, Brown re-took the place and lost only a handful of points to Morris.

The second showdown on Sunday proved to be equally enthralling, as once again Morris led off the start line with Guiver and Brown giving chase. This time around the leading three riders were joined by the impressive Greg Gilfillan and Phil Atkinson who are both enjoying rich veins of form in the TriOptions Cup, although Gilfillan took a tumble from fourth at mid-distance.

At mid-distance there had been a number of lead changes, with Brown often fastest into Stowe corner with Morris re-passing into the Vale chicane. In a bid to retain his lead on lap four Morris pushed just a bit too hard and ran wide, dropping down to fourth. Brown and Guiver chopped and changed at Copse for the next two tours and in doing so didn't build a gap. This meant that going onto the penultimate lap Morris had made up the time he lost and it was a three-way fight for the lead once more.

As Morris pushed on to try and take second place from Guiver at Village he again ran wide, and blasting down the Wellington Straight for the final time it was Brown who had enough of a gap to keep his front wheel ahead of Guiver on the run to the finish line.

The 2012 Ducati champion overhauled Morris' standings lead and now sits three points to the good as the UK's top one-make series heads to Brands Hatch for a grandstand finish to the 2015 campaign. Guiver is still in touch 36 points behind, and any mistakes from the top two could put him in contention to take his first Ducati TriOptions Cup title. 

Robbie Brown said: "Today was not about the championship it was more about winning the race, especially after yesterday when I felt a bit robbed. There was nothing in it today, credit to the team for making the changes and making the bike more stable. We've got a three-point lead now going into Brands and the strategy will be the same - go for the win."

Rob Guiver said: "It was a great weekend, we were all really close and it was good clean racing. It would have been nice to have come out on top but I gave it my all so I am happy with that. Brands Hatch is my home round, I get a lot of friends and family coming to watch so I will give it 110% as always and try and pull out the stops for some wins."

Leon Morris said: "We have struggled in the last few rounds, the way the boys are riding at the moment they are not putting a foot wrong and to have a good bike is not enough - it needs to be perfect. The lap times are crazy - we are three seconds a lap quicker than we were last year here which is a massive jump. Yesterday's result was a huge confidence boost but today we struggled with the front tyre which was destroyed by the end of the race so have to be happy with where we ended up. We will take each race as it comes and not think about the championship and just try and win races and see what comes."