Andrews devastated to miss out on first win

Simon Andrews and MSS Colchester Kawasaki have blasted the ruling that prevented them from claiming a remarkable first British Superbike Championship victory, with Andrews maintaining that the win was still his.

Andrews was just eight laps from completing a maiden BSB win having resisted the attentions of Chris Walker and Tommy Hill for the majority of the race.

However, Andrews was the innocent party in an accident caused when Josh Brookes lost control of his HM Plant Honda under braking and harpooned man and machine at the hairpin.

Although the red flag was deployed and it was initially understood that the results would be taken from a lap before, regulations would state that those not running at the time of the stoppage would not be included.

It meant Andrews, who was not at fault for his accident, was not classified in the results, a ruling he was devastated by.

“We ran at the front for twenty laps. I don't care what the race results say. I don't care what happened. That was our win. We've proved today that the ZX-10R is a force to be reckoned with. I'm off to Belgium now to get my broken wrist pinned and plated. My chance to set the record straight is in three weeks at Brands Hatch, that's all I'm focusing on now.”

Andrews' sentiments were echoed by team manager Nick Morgan, who refused to fully express his opinion on the matter.

“It's amazing how closely linked elation and despondency are, isn't it? I don't know what to say really. It's probably best I don't say anything because if I do it'll be all angry and offensive.

“I know there's no arguing with a rule in a rule book but it still leaves a bitter taste. Let's look to the future instead of dwelling upon today's events…Simon and Julien [Da Costa] are going to be awesome at Brands Hatch, I know that much.”

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Andrews, British WSBK Race 2 2009
Andrews, British WSBK Race 2 2009
Andrews, British WSBK 2009
Andrews, British WSBK 2009
Andrews, British WSBK 2009
Andrews, British WSBK 2009
Andrews, British WSBK 2009
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]

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waynej46 - Unregistered

July 20, 2009 12:33 PM

Simple rule change. Go back to last time they past the flag but remove the main person causing the red flag i.e. Brookes. HM Plant swop Brookes for Plater!!!!!! :D

jamie46 - Unregistered

July 20, 2009 11:55 AM

Quite rite , Simon deserved that win , if theres any justice he will do at brands because he's been doing an awesome job this year. Maybe a ride with with HM Plant next year replacing Brookes , that would be poetic justice !!

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