Josh Brookes is already 60 points adrift of the British Superbike Championship lead after suffering a spectacular accident whilst challenging for the lead at Oulton Park.

The Australian finished in sixth position, having initially battled for the lead, during race one, but came out fighting in race two as he and Stuart Easton established a sizeable margin over the chasing pack.

However, just as Brookes looked poised to snatch the lead from Easton, he lost the front-end on the run to Brittens, his Relentless Suzuki spiralling across the chicane and almost collecting the Scot ahead of him.

Though Brookes was unhurt in the smash, he was distraught to have seen his hopes of victory ruined by a costly crash - his second in little over a week.

"I'm hurting but I'm not hurt, although I can't work out what is worse: sixth or crashing. In race one we started fast but drifted away, but we made changes for race two and the bike felt almost on rails - it was strong and a lot better. To be fair Easton was slowing me up in places.

"I just wanted to set my own pace as it's hard to see apexes at Oulton through those little chicanes following someone. It's disappointing as I believe we could have won that one, but we'll give it more of the same next time out and hopefully it'll be our day."

Even so, despite being 60 points off leader Shane Byrne, Brookes is a more manageable 25 points adrift of Michael Laverty in the all-important sixth place spot.