Josh Brookes says his crash in the second MCE British Superbike Championship race of the day at Snetterton was the result of him 'riding so hard' to beat main rival Shane Byrne.

The Australian has mostly played second fiddle to the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider in 2014 and was desperate to get one up on his rival in Norfolk in race two having been defeated in an exciting exchange during the first race.

However, having set a series of scintillating laps to get him involved in the lead fight, Byrne would get on the power too early out of Montreal and be flung off the Milwaukee Yamaha into a nasty high-side.

Though nothing more than winded by the slip, Brookes admits he had been pushing particularly hard to get an edge on his rival.

"It has been a mixed day. I feel like I lost my first race when James came passed me; we had the safety car and once we started the race again Shane got the gap. I then had to get by James and I then pulled a gap but I just didn't have enough to close and pass for the win. I pushed as hard as I could throughout the race and I made a mistake on the last lap, so I was lucky to hold on to second.

"The crash in race two had me winded for a while but I am ok. I just tried to close the gap to Shakey on the exit of the corner and I just gave it too much gas; unfortunately giving it more throttle wasn't the answer. I was riding so hard for the results and we will just have to keep trying to see if we can get the better of them next time out."


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