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BSB Oulton Park: Set-up tweak gives Brookes extra leverage
7 May 2013
Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes took advantage of a key set-up change to his GSX-R1000 to challenge for victory in the second MCE British Superbike race at Oulton Park.
The Aussie was suffering from a lack of rear grip from the early stages of the first race but managed to finish on the rostrum in third after Shane 'Shakey' Byrne crashed out at Brittens.
Brookes' Tyco Suzuki team made several changes for race two and was involved in a battle for the lead with Byrne and Alex Lowes, eventually taking the runner-up position to finish on the rostrum for the fourth time in six races this season.
“We ran with the best of the new settings we tried for race one, but I ran out of grip after about five laps, even though the tyre looked brand new at the end of the race,” said Brookes.
“The guys made a suspension set-up change for race two and big credit to them as it improved the bike and gave me a tyre to challenge 'Shakey' and Alex at the front.
“I enjoyed the race and although we could do with a couple of wins, we've made progress and I'm happy with that.”
Brookes' young team-mate PJ Jacobsen had a difficult weekend with a number of mechanical issues, but still holds tenth place in the championship standings after finishing eighth in the first race.
The American young gun was running inside the top eight in race two when he was forced to retire.