Brookes literally holds on for triple podium

Josh Brookes literally holds onto the Tyco Suzuki to secure a trio of podiums at Oulton Park.
Josh Brookes was satisfied to come away with podiums in each of the MCE British Superbike races at Oulton Park, particularly after nearly suffering a spectacular crash in the final encounter.

Emerging as the closest thing to a rival for triple race winner Tommy Hill, Brookes earned plaudits for his last corner pass of second place Shane Byrne race one before going on to repeat that result during race two.

Coming into the final race determined not to let Hill get an advantage on him, Brookes briefly took the lead on lap two with a pass into Lodge, marking the first time the Yamaha rider had been led all weekend.

However, after being swiftly re-passed at the start of lap three, a mistake at Brittens would see Brookes flung into the beginnings of a high-side and come remarkably close to being thrown off the Tyco Suzuki. Just doing enough to recover, Brookes duly dropped to sixth, but fought his way back up the order to overtake Noriyuki Haga on the final corner for third position.

“I got quicker as the weekend went on. I was never out of the top three and better than the last time we were at Oulton. In that last race I tried everything I knew to stay with Tommy as I knew if he got away there would be no pulling him back, but I came out of the chicane and high-sided. I had my hands off the bars and feet flapping and I literally fell back onto the bike.

“I just worked my way back up through the pack then. I gave it everything to stay with Haga and Shakey after that. I think Nori possibly went to sleep a little on the last lap, maybe settling for third, but he didn't cover the line into Lodge and I was able to get in and take my third podium.”

That move means Brookes has moved back ahead of Byrne in the standings, though he is third in terms of podium credits.

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Podium Race 1 - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture 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]

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whynot - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 3:32 PM

no suprise it wasnt caught on camera, im sorry but some of the coverage is f8cking shocking. someone will just be about to put a move on someone and they will quickly go to a rider who is riding on his own and we miss all the action. i see it happen on eurosport all the time. there are so many good battles going on and we miss half of them i was lucky enough to be there and see some great racing but was gutted i didnt see that on camera

Rog, Rishton - Unregistered

July 09, 2012 7:00 PM

I'm always very pleased with the amount of air time given to BSB by Eurosport but do have to agree that at times the TV directing is shocking. Frequently missing the real battles going on and focusing on the leaders too much- but then we're lucky to have SO much coverage + it's worth watching just to listen to James Whitham...

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