Josh Brookes began the Oulton Park triple header weekend with a rostrum finish after the Aussie was only just denied by the hard-charging Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Brookes, a double winner at Thruxton, finished the race 0.496s down on the Japanese rider and ahead of MCE British Superbike title rival Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in third.

The Yamaha contender admitted afterwards that he had no answer to Kiyo although Brookes did regret making 'a load of mistakes' when he was in the lead of the race.

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"During the race I had a good fight with 'Shakey' it is never easy but it was particularly difficult to make passes and make them stick," he said.

"Every time I made a pass either through good luck or good judgement then he would be straight back by me. It was exciting but I wanted to try and lead the race and see if I had better pace, but ironically when I did get to the front I made a load of mistakes.

"My lap times were up and down whereas normally I am really consistent. I got a bit flustered and then Kiyo was on the scene and was clearly fast," added Brookes.

"I tried to stay with him to keep the pressure on, but he didn't make any mistakes and I was forced to take second.

"I am happy enough; obviously I want wins and to close the gap to the front, but second had to do today."