Brookes scores first BSB podium

Josh Brookes put the drama of the previous few days behind him to record his best finish in the British Superbike Championship with a charging ride to third at Thruxton.

Riding under a suspended one race ban following his involvement in the accident that sidelined Sylvain Guintoli at Donington Park, Brookes put in his most competitive showing of the season at the high-speed venue, finishing seventh in race one before climbing onto the podium in the second.

Starting ninth on the grid, Brokes held his position at the lights, but was gradually able to work his way to the front, passing Glen Richards on the way to head his experienced HM Plant Honda team-mate for the first time this season.

Pumping in some blistering lap times as he followed alternative race lines to his rivals, Brookes was able to catch second place James Ellison by the end, but was left with no time to attempt a move.

Nonetheless, the Australian was happy to get his season back on track following an occasionally controversial start to his BSB tenure.

"It's been a good weekend and I'm very happy to have been on the pace and on the podium in race two. We made some significant changes to the bike in between the races, mainly to help improve my seating position, but also had a good look through the data to see where I was losing time and see if there were ways I could alter my riding for this circuit.

“The combination of those two things clearly paid off. The team has been great as well and every time I've come in from a session they've really listened to what I'm feeling on the bike and made the right changes, so big thanks to my team and it's good to repay them with a podium."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Josh Brookes - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Cliver Challinor]
Josh Brookes - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.