Silverstone BSB: Dejected Brookes' title bid in tatters

'Our general package wasn't just quite good enough to compete at the front this weekend' - Josh Brookes
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.

“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 protégé 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.”

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October 07, 2013 4:04 PM

Hmmm. Tetley is here are sticking the boot in when it doesn't know what it's talking about. Yes, his teammate has come on well and is giving him a run now. But his point is that the Suzuki isn't able to run with the top three/four. Which anyone with eyes in their head can see is correct. Also, getting into a battle with someone will lose you time on the leaders. Which is also crystal clear. He's been big enough to admit he might be off form here, but we can be sure that he's been over-riding the Suzuki again this year. It's definitely the weakest Japanese bike out there. But he is in the shootout with it. Hard luck, and well done, Josh. Time to improve, Suzuki.


October 07, 2013 1:02 PM

Right, twice runner up and because he has a bad weekend he is in danger of losing his seat. Did the young guy go as fast as the two leaders? No, which either means he is slow or the bike, as Brookes said, was not up to it.

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