Josh Brookes returned to the MCE British Superbike podium at Silverstone but the Aussie's top-three finish was tempered by a spill in the second race.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider had conceded his title hopes were effectively over after a brace of DNFs at Assen in the Showdown opener, but Brookes made amends with a strong ride in race one, shadowing eventual winner Shane Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari throughout the race without being in a position to seriously threaten for the victory.

However, he came off at Brooklands on lap six in race two as he again held third place behind the title favourites, ending his prospects of a double podium at the Northamptonshire circuit.

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Brookes said: "I knew we had a chance of the podium but as usual we pushed on hard and made changes right up until the first race. We found something that meant I could be a part of that amazing race and it was pleasing to be back on the podium rather than parc ferme after the race.

"I wished I had a little bit more to put into it and have a chance for the win, but pushing for second was a great improvement. Being back on the podium and in the fight felt as good as a win to me and I would have paid for a ticket to watch that one," he added.

"In the second race I really wanted to stay with Shakey and Kiyo again and try and push to try and go better than we did in race one. Unfortunately what happened was pretty simple - I braked too late and I crashed out.

"I was trying even harder on the brakes as that was where I was able to make some time up on them as that area was where I had been stronger," said Brookes.

"Physics mean you can only brake so late and that lap was just too late and I was out."

Brookes still holds third place in the standings but only by two point from team-mate Tommy Bridewell, who finished fourth in race two after taking 10th in the opener.