Josh Brookes has vaulted his way into the provisional title shootout top six after a strong points' haul at Snetterton was completed with a first podium for Relentless by TAS Suzuki.

Having begun the season as a title favourite on the Suzuki GB-supported bike, issues getting the machine set up, as well two spectacular crashes, plunged Brookes outside the top ten in the overall standings.

Even so, while Brookes went into the sixth round down in 12th position overall, the tight points' standings meant his run to seventh and second at Snetterton were enough to lift him up into sixth place.

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Indeed, Brookes was thrilled to be back on the podium - his first for the Irish-based team - after capitalising on the last lap feud between Shane Byrne and John Hopkins.

"Now I've got something to smile about! In race one we just didn't have the grip we'd been having in qualifying and free practice. I knew from lap one we had a problem, but I did the best I could, although I was disappointed as we had been so strong up to that point.

"I really do believe we could have had the same result in race one that we had in race two. I was riding past pit wall looking at the guys knowing they would be thinking, 'oh no our luck hasn't changed', so there was a sigh of relief when I came in and told them what was wrong.

"Race two is the first opportunity I've had this year to show people what I can really do on the GSX-R1000 Suzuki and there's more to come. We really do have more room for improvement. I did expect to move forward this weekend but jumping into the top six is a bonus. We've just got to get out there now and make the results and the rest will happen."