Josh Brookes says he is mystified as to why he could only manage a fifth and sixth place finish at Donington Park, insisting he 'rode his backside off'.
Having made it through to the title showdown with the fifth-highest tally of points, Brookes was looking take advantage of the more equal footing, but struggled to get on terms with Tommy Hill, Michael Laverty, Shane Byrne and John Hopkins.
Ending the weekend sixth in the first race and fifth in the second, Brookes is now turning his attentions to the second of three showdown rounds at Silverstone.
“There's not a lot to say really," the Relentless by TAS Suzuki said. "I rode my backside off this weekend for fifth and sixth places. Everyone congratulated me at Brands when I won there, but that was easy.
"This weekend we rode really hard and got nothing for it. It just didn't come good for us. All we can do now is prepare well for Silverstone.”