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Brookes primed for Showdown after superb brace
10 September 2012
Donington double hero Josh Brookes can't wait to launch his assault on the MCE British Superbike crown when the Showdown bursts into life at Assen in two weeks' time.
Brookes was in irrepressible form at the Leicester circuit yesterday, taking victory in both races as he beat Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty to provide Northern Ireland's Tyco Suzuki team with a massive boost heading into the business end of the championship.
It was a dominant weekend for the Aussie, who started from pole position on his GSX-R1000 and will now fancy his chances of preventing Swan Yamaha's Hill from retaining his title for Shaun Muir's team.
Brookes said: “In the first race I put my head down and tried to gap them, but I could hear the Yamaha behind me, so I just kept at it and after a couple of laps it was went quiet and I thought 'yes' I've gapped them.
“In the second race I got away with a good start and everything was working perfectly on the bike. I got into a rhythm and put some good laps together, but I didn't get an instant advantage, as Michael was right with me,” he added.
“I made a little mistake, which let him past and he impressed me. Once I got back past I was confident the Suzuki would have more tyre life in the closing stages and I was able to create a gap and win quite comfortably.”
Brookes, celebrating his best ever results in the Tyco Suzuki livery, has every confidence in the GSX-R1000 as the last three rounds of the 2012 series beck on.
“I'm glad the championship is now going into the Showdown stage as we've finally got to the part of the season where it counts,” he said.
“Thanks to the guys this weekend who gave me a great set-up with the GSX-R1000 – the package is working superbly.”
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