Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes has faded out of contention for the MCE British Superbike title following a disappointing weekend at Silverstone.

The Australian rider suffered a mechanical issue in race one and was forced to retire while holding third place before finishing fifth in race two, one place ahead of young team-mate PJ Jacobsen.

Brookes is now 58 points behind championship favourites Shane Byrne and Alex Lowes ahead of the final round at Brands Hatch in less than two weeks' time and his title challenge lies in tatters.

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"I'm disappointed again. In practice and qualifying I had some chatter issues that didn't really go away, although they certainly got better in the races, which is a positive," said the Bringelly man.

"Our general package wasn't just quite good enough to compete at the front this weekend. It has been before, but for whatever reason, we've either lost some pace or I've lost some form - or the other guys have just found extra performance from their machines.

"At the minute I just can't match what I've been able to do in the past," added Brookes, who finished as the championship runner-up last season and also in 2010.

"Race one was out of my hands, but in race two the young Tyco Suzuki prot?g? wanted to get ahead of me and fair play to him, but it created a gap and once you lose that draft on the front guys, then the race for the podium is over really."