Brookes counts cost of another crash

Josh Brookes counts the cost of his second heavy crash in little more than a week after retiring at Oulton Park.
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.

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Josh Brookes - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes - Relentless by TAS Suzuki
Josh Brookes - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Josh Brookes - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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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Pete - Unregistered

May 03, 2011 5:42 PM

Brookes has been noted as being something of a liability in the past but this was just unlucky.Looked to me like he just lost the front as he tipped the thing in.Didn't look that dissimilar to what happened to him at Brands.It was a shame but like everyone I was hugely relieved when I saw his bike missing Easton,that could have been horrific.

dave from the don - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 1:00 PM

Some horrid crashes for Josh already this year, perhaps a liability, i actually think the bloke is just unlucky! also - these little chicanes built in, are they actually just adding more danger?

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