September 21 2007.

Bennetts has revealed that three British riders have emerged as leading contenders for the 'Fans Rider of the Year' award in a poll at this season's Bennetts British Superbike Championship events so far.

HM Plant Honda rider Jonathan Rea topped the fan's rider of the year list at the mid point of the season and his rise to popularity is hardly surprising given the success he is enjoying with the factory-supported Honda team. The Ulsterman is already tipped for a move to the Superbike World Championship® in 2008 and is a serious contender for this year's Bennetts British Superbike crown.

The only non-British rider to make an appearance in the top three was seven-times Moto GP World Champion Valentino Rossi. The Italian legend was the joint favourite on the fans wish list for a pillion ride, along with Leon Haslam. The Airwaves Ducati rider was also second in the most popular rider poll but narrowly missed out on the top spot to championship rival Rea.

Chris Walker also featured prominently in both categories. Although the Rizla Suzuki rider has not enjoyed the most successful season of his career, he is still currently the third most popular rider among fans and second on the pillion wish list.

The final British rider featured in the polls conducted by the Bennetts Babes in the Bennetts British Superbike paddock is James Toseland. The World Superbike Championship leader - who is personally sponsored by Bennetts, the UK's number one for bike insurance* - is in third position on the fan's pillion ride wish list.

However, all of this could change with the influence of fans at the final two rounds of the popular domestic motorcycle racing series. The Bennetts Babes will be continuing the poll at the final two rounds at Donington Park and Brands Hatch, where fans can have their say on who wins the 'Fans Rider of the Year' title.

The final results and overall winners will be announced shortly after the final round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on 14 October 2007.