Brookes heads title favourites at Brands

Josh Brookes goes fastest in testing at Brands Hatch, while Tommy Hill and John Hopkins were fifth and sixth quickest.
Josh Brookes, Michael Laverty and Shane Byrne showed they are not dismissing their British Superbike Championship title hopes just yet as they filled out the top three in testing at Brands Hatch.

Though Laverty led for much of the session, it was Brookes, a winner at Brands Hatch earlier this year, who emerged quickest with his final flying lap on the Relentless by TAS Suzuki.

Brookes was trailed by Laverty and Byrne, the trio hoping misfortune strikes title favourites John Hopkins and Tommy Hill this weekend to give their title chances a boost.

Hopkins and Hill, meanwhile, were sixth and fifth fastest respectively, behind impressive EVO rider Graeme Gowland on the WFR Honda.

Chris Walker was a fine seventh best on the privateer Pr1mo Kawasaki, ahead of Glen Richards on the second WFR Honda, outgoing champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and Motorpoint Yamaha's Alex Lowes, the latter going tenth despite crashing.

With the full GP layout of the Kent circuit, which will be used for the races this weekend, unavailable until Saturday, the riders persevered with the shorter Indy layout for Friday's action.

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Josh Brookes - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Jamie Morris]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
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]
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]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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John - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 9:12 PM

The extra Saturday race is what is stopping them from being able to use the full circuit on Friday to test. They can only have a certain number of sessions (races included) within a certain time frame, and the extra Superbike race on Saturday means that the overall tally of 'GP length sessions' for the whole weekend has to drop by 1. However, surely the extra Supersport race now counts as another 'session'. They aren't exactly quieter than Superbikes are they ? At the end of the day its yet another indicator of how ridiculous this country has become in general - the circuit has been playing host to motor vehicle racing since the early 20th century, probably well before the houses of West Kingsdown that back onto the GP section of the circuit were even built. Why buy a house that is about 100 ft from the edge of a race track and then moan about the noise to the point that the council impose restrictions on the circuit ?

John - Unregistered

October 07, 2011 9:30 PM

cannot fully accomodate all the preparation (testing sessions etc..) necessary for all 3 races, due to noise restrictions - hence the use of the Indy circuit as prep for a GP circuit race ?? If it were purely about 'having more races in general' then surely you'd do that at circuit(s) that don't have the noise restrictions or a circuit that is more out in the open (like Donnington which is right on the bl00dy flight path of East Midlands Airport FFS..!!). But no... this is actually about greedy-b0llocks Palmer and Motorsport Vision tapping into that oh so lucrative South-East of England market and limiting the impact of no longer having WSBK at Brands any more - 110,000 people used to turn up to that every year..!! Palmer, you are a selfish, greedy, faceless capitalist typical of this country and not the true bike racing fan you have tried to kid everyone that you are.

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