Josh Brookes will not make it out for the second British Superbike race of the day at Mallory Park after injuring his thumb in the six-bike pile-up during the opening encounter.

The Australian admitted to causing the accident that prevented Simon Andrews, Tommy Hill, Chris Walker, Karl Harris and John Laverty from finishing the first race, although the HM Plant Honda rider was the only one to come away with an injury.

Breaking a bone in his thumb, but avoiding ligament damage, Brookes has been forced to wear a cast and is likely to require surgery to correct the ailment. Team manager Havier Beltran says the injury could keep him out of action for up to a month.


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