Brookes looking ahead after tough Relentless debut

Josh Brookes's British Superbike debut for Relentless Suzuki ended in the Paddock Hill Bend gravel trap after a spectacular accident.
Josh Brookes insists he remains in a positive frame of mind heading to Oulton Park, despite a crash in race one at Brands Hatch ruling him out of race two on medical grounds.

The Australian, making his debut for Relentless by TAS Suzuki, left himself with plenty to do for race one when he only qualified in 13th, but capitalised on problems for those ahead to scythe his way up the order.

Peaking in second position, just behind eventual winner Shane Byrne, Brookes was primed for an attack when he lost the GSX-R1000 at Paddock Hill Bend.

A spectacular accident that caused significant damage to the bike, though Brookes was not seriously injured in the crash, he was forced to sit out race two in order to fully recover.

Even so, despite the non-score, Brookes says his good race performance has given him confidence heading to Oulton Park.

“I suppose we did all right coming back from where we were in qualifying and I have to say, everything felt one-hundred percent better on my bike [in the race]. As I said after qualifying, I knew what caused the problem and once we'd that sorted we were fast in morning warm-up and in the race.

“While I was battling with people in the race I couldn't get into a proper rhythm, but once I got to P2, which was quite easy, I was totally confident. I saw Shakey and thought, 'I'm in a good position here,' but it all ended at Paddock Hill.

“I'm upbeat because I really can't believe how I didn't injure myself in such a big crash. Now I'm just looking forward to Oulton Park.”

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