Brookes says sorry for Mallory accident

Josh Brookes has reiterated his apology to Simon Andrews, Tommy Hill, Chris Walker, Karl Harris and John Laverty after his disastrous error at Mallory Park cost them all strong results.

Brookes begins a two race ban after being found guilty of reckless riding during the opening race around the Leicestershire circuit, the Australian having misjudged his braking as he attempted to pass Walker at the hairpin.

Clipping a bump and unsettling the bike, Brookes was launched into Andrews' Kawasaki, while the carnage and debris would go on to eliminate the following Hill, Walker, Harris and Laverty too.

The second time this season the HM Plant Honda rider has been brought up on charges of riding without due care and attention, following his collision with Sylvain Guintoli at Donington Park, Brookes added that he was stunned to learn there would be no count-back rule either for those he caused to fall.

“These events are not something I could have ever imagined and I'm just so sorry it all happened, as well as being surprised with the regulations which meant the front runners ended up losing their race positions,” Brookes, who started 17th, said.

“After the first corner incident I got pushed off the track, so knew I had to make head way and try and climb my way back up the field. I'd been following Chris Walker for a good lap and knew that the hairpin would be my best chance of overtaking him. But, I made a mistake and braked hard, and at a place where there's a bump in the track that I wasn't familiar with.

“The back of the bike came up that was it as I then couldn't brake any more. I flew off and unfortunately clipped Simon's rear wheel which took him down and other riders then got caught up in the track debris.

Although Brookes will definitely miss the following two rounds at Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park, it is possible he would be forced to miss them through injury regardless after hurting his thumb.

“It seems the ligament connecting to the thumb has pulled a chunk of bone off so I'll need surgery to fix things but I'm confident it should heal in a few weeks. I understand the race rules but it is disappointing for the front guys who went down as they worked really hard and deserved a podium."

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Josh Brookes - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Josh Brookes - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Cliver Challinor]
Josh Brookes - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive 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]

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kev - Unregistered

July 21, 2009 3:58 PM

Point is, in both the Ginters and Mallory incidents, the stewards found Brookes guilty of reckless and dangerous riding. Also in both cases, the team (HM Plant) decided not to appeal the decisions, meaning that they agreed with the judgements. Despite this, Brookes has got off lightly. The first ban was only suspended, and this second one will have no effect whatever, because it covers a period he would be out with injury anyway. Surely the two event ban should not kick in until he is declared fit to race?

simon - Unregistered

July 21, 2009 11:33 AM

Jamie46,,,the problem is that he didnt just take one rider out but 5 riders!!!!!!!!! and his crash with Ginters was actually the lap where you leave the pits to go to the grid before the race and he flew around that lap at racing speed when other riders never ever do that.If he was doing 20mph,he would not have destroyed ginters leg but he was doing racing speeds.Brooks needs to calm down and maybe this ban will help.Its ironic that he would miss the next 2 races anyway because of thumb,so its not really a ban,is it.

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