Hunts racer Jon Railton is bidding to equal his best-ever Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup finish – in what is shaping up to be a thrilling conclusion to the season.

Railton is one of four riders who will head to the final round at Dutch circuit Assen at the end of the month with a realistic chance of finishing as series runner-up.

It is a position he occupied in 2013 and Railton, who currently sits third in the standings following fourth and fifth-placed finishes in the penultimate round at Silverstone last weekend, is determined to enjoy a repeat.

But the local man, from Little Paxton, must fight off the advances of his Boast Plumbing Supplies team-mate Levi Day, Phil Atkinson and Sean Neary in the climax on the continent.

Railton said: “The man currently sitting second in the championship – Rob Guiver – is out injured for the rest of the season so the runners-up spot is up for grabs and there are four of us all fighting over it.

“Finishing in second would equal my best performance and it would be a better achievement now as the series is much more competitive than it was back in 2013.

“It’s all building up to a showdown in the final round and Assen is one of my favourite tracks.

“There are still 50 points available and it is simply a case of out-performing the other guys chasing the runners-up spot.

“The weather can always be a factor at this time of year so it’s about keeping a cool head and trying to avoid mistakes.”

Railton struggled with a lack of straight-line speed at Silverstone when involved in drama on the final lap of both races last weekend.

He sat in third for much of a first race shortened to five laps by rain and mounted a challenge on second-placed Mark Cheetham leaving the final bend, only to be collared by Michael Tustin, who had been sitting behind in fourth. All three riders crossed the finish line within a tenth of a second of each other.

And it was a similar story in the second race as Railton had to settle for fifth after being in a three-way battle for third spot with Josh Wainwright and team-mate Day for much of the contest.

He added: “We could easily have been talking about a couple of podium finishes, but neither race quite worked out in the end.

“We still managed good points for the championship standings and that’s the main thing.”