BSB Rider of the Year vote: 3rd

You voted in your thousands, but there can only be one winner... This is's top ten countdown to the 2012 British Superbike Rider of the Year as voted for by you!
3. Josh Brookes

Nationality: Australian
Team: Tyco Suzuki
Bike: Suzuki GSX-R1000
Wins: 4
Podiums: 20
Championship points: 655 (Showdown)
Championship position: 2nd

A mainstay of the British Superbike Championship now, Josh Brookes shrugged off a few of his less positive associations in 2012 by constructing an unwaveringly consistent campaign that almost took him all the way to the title.

A new tact for a rider that has snatched more than a few headlines in recent years with the odd controversy and accident, it only takes a quick look at Brookes's score-sheet to see the benefits of his amended approach, the Australian finishing each of the year's 26 races, 24 of which were completed inside the top four.

It's a remarkable statistic and one that arguably would have been enough to secure him a maiden BSB title under the previous format, but a relative lack of wins compared to Shane Byrne during the three-round 'Title Showdown' would ultimately count against him.

That said, there is much to be said for Brookes's blend of pace and reliability in 2012, his win at Thruxton from a mid-pack grid position, his double triumph at Donington Park and his last gasp victory at Assen proving he can still turn on blistering speed when it matters.

Nonetheless, having seen his reputation coloured by the odd spectacular moment in previous years, the more mellow approach of Brookes in 2012 could be a prelude to even greater things in 2013…

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2011: 8th
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2010: 4th
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2009: 11th
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2008: N/A

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2012:

4. Tommy Bridewell
5. Tommy Hill
6. Chris Walker
7. Michael Laverty

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Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood] Alex Lowes Team WFR Michael laverty Samsung Honda Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki
Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes - Tyco Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
Tyco BMW bikes, Motorcycle Live [Credit: TAS Racing]
David Giugliano, Tyco BMW [Credit: MSV]
Hawk Racing Suzuki, BSB [Credit: BSB media]
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Elton - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 12:23 PM

I think Josh deserves top 2 at least for his efforts this year on that painfully slow Tyco Suzuki. He scored the most 'real' points this season and had some amazing rides through the field, maintaining his bold moves while cutting out the mistakes.

lee - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 1:00 PM

As much as it was a great effort by lowes with the silverstone wins, josh was awesome on the gixxer. Would of liked to have seen a little more from him in the shoot out but season form was excellent. wonder how he will do at the tt?

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