Brookes ready for 'Title Showdown' at Brands

Josh Brookes slips behind Shane Byrne in the MCE British Superbike Championship standings, but remains just nine points adrift heading to Brands Hatch.
Josh Brookes is confident he can overturn the nine point deficit in the final round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, despite losing out to Shane Byrne and Alex Lowes at Silverstone.

The Australian came into the weekend with a small points' margin over Byrne in the standings, but while he was never out of the lead group in either race one or two, he couldn't string together a convincing run at victory either.

Finishing fourth in race one and third in race two, Brookes admits he was disappointed not to perform better around a circuit he has won at before, but feels nine points in a meagre margin with a maximum of 75 up for grabs around Brands Hatch.

“We made a change of tyre to the SC2 for the second race and despite plenty of over-taking at the front I wasn't able to convert that into the win," the Tyco Suzuki rider said.

“I got screwed over a bit at the start of the second race and it cost me time, but when I did get to the front with Shakey and Alex [Lowes] – every time I made a pass it was tough to make it stick and they came back past me.

“I'm disappointed not to have taken a win but nine points behind is nothing with seventy five up for grabs at Brands.”

With Byrne currently seeking Kawasaki's first BSB title since 1992, Brookes is also looking to secure Suzuki's first title success since 2004. Ironically, both the 1992 and 2004 titles were won by John Reynolds.

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October 01, 2012 5:53 PM

Much as would love to see Josh Brookes win the championship I just cant see Shakey losing it at Brands Hatch. It is a favourite course for him and the Kwak has performed well there already this season . It will be interesting to see what Alex Lowes does there as he has a real chance of actually winning if he repeats his Silverstone performance. As long as Hill doesn't win I will be happy.


October 01, 2012 4:38 PM

Can't help but agree. The commentary team yesterday seem to think that Shakey has all but got it in the bag. There are three faces left and a lead can easily be overturned. Just ask Tommy Hill.

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