Milwaukee Yamaha team manager Mick Shanley hails Josh Brookes's podium finish in the YZF-R1's maiden MCE British Superbike race 'like a fairytale' and left Donington Park satisfied with the progress made.

Brookes eased the new R1 into its debut BSB race before working his way through the pack to finish third after mugging Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot on the line by 0.058s.

The Australian rider was unfortunate to finish sixth in race two after Ryuichi Kiyonari highsided off at Coppice with Brookes just behind him. The Yamaha man required evasive action to avoid the stricken rider and was forced on to the grass, losing all momentum, but was able to fight back for a strong points finish.

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Shanley was pleased with the team's results and as they got to grips with the new machinery.

"Overall we have to be happy, we've done a massive amount of work to get to this position," Shanley said. "The lads in the team and the riders have worked so hard this weekend. For Josh to finish on the podium in the first race was a bit like a fairytale. It was such a shame for him that he got caught up in Kiyo's accident; it was no-ones fault and again he showed he had the pace to be running up front."

Brookes's team-mate Broc Parkes had a frustrating BSB opener. After narrowly missing out on the points by finishing 16th in race one, the Yamaha rider crashed a Goddards in race two leaving him pointless after round one. The Yamaha boss has sympathy with Parkes and is confident the former MotoGP rider will return to form at the second round at Brands Hatch.

"Broc had a tough weekend, but he was on the pace in the second race only to crash at the last turn over the bumps," Brookes said. "We have a lot of data to take back and work on and we will come back stronger at Brands Hatch."