Brookes: It was stupid I got banned.

Josh Brookes insists he isn't concerned about whether he receives a bad reception when he returns to the British Superbike Championship following a two race suspension that he brands as 'stupid'.

The Australian was banned for the Brands Hatch and Cadwell Park rounds of the championship after he was blamed for causing an accident at Mallory Park that eliminated six other riders from the race.

Speaking to ahead of his return to the series at Croft, Brookes is unfazed by any potential bad feeling amongst fans or rival teams, maintaining that he 'doesn't care what others think'.

“I am really anxious to get back on the bike,” he said. “The only reason I am here is to go racing, so not being able to race has been frustrating.

“I'm Australian, so I don't really care about that,” he joked, when asked about whether he is worried by people's reactions. “I just want to get out there and ride my bike. I don't care what other people think, I do this for myself and I always have done.

“I think people will be happier to see me and I think I have been through the worst now. There has been more clarity on it now and a bit more understanding, but I am not bothered anyway.”

The accident, which occurred when Brookes lost control of his HM Plant Honda whilst under braking for the hairpin, prompted a furious response from team bosses and riders alike, leading to Brookes' suspension.

However, the Australian believes the reaction and the subsequent penalty handed down was 'stupid', adding that the same teams are now enquiring about his plans for 2010.

“They all got a bit hot headed – it was all a bit stupid, but I can't control that. It was stupid I got banned and thought it was stupid how people reacted to it, but everyone is entitled to their own views.

by Ollie Barstow

Tagged as: HM Plant , Josh Brookes , Croft

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

September 10, 2009 9:45 AM

After hearing him talking to Larry Carter on the tannoy at Cadwell, he came across as an obnoxious tw@t. Shame, yet Muggas, Richards, O'Halloran, Corser, McConnell don't come across fulfilling the Aussie stereotype. Josh obviously feels the need to be on the defensive all the time after the two incidents this season. It could've all been so different if HM Plant hadn't skimped on mechanics and spare bikes this season... Anyway, I hope Kiyo kicks his butt this weekend.

kev 10 - Unregistered

September 10, 2009 1:21 PM

Steve you to@@er, how can you call him ramming into Guintoli a track incident, i am sure if it was JT running into your precious Stoner you would be calling to bring back hanging, Either way he still took out of our championship the only rider who might have got close to Leon. All the info from the bike states there was a slight fault with his breaks, which once the bike was returned to the team had cured itself, but he was travelling too fast for a sighting lap, as the saying goes you cannot win a race on the first lap, but you can lose one, Brookes though changes that by loosing on the sighting lap.

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