Cadwell Park: Brookes blitzes rivals with lap record pace

Josh Brookes has stormed Friday practice at Cadwell Park by going under the BSB lap record and pulling out a 0.4s gap on his closest rival Danny Buchan
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Josh Brookes has stormed Friday practice at Cadwell Park by going under the current lap record and pulling out over fourth-tenths on his closest rival Danny Buchan.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider, who has won four consecutive BSB races heading into round eight, fought off a late charge from Be Wiser Kawasaki's Buchan to become the only rider to breach the 1m 26s mark. More ominously for his rivals, Brookes ducked under the existing lap record, a 1m 26.654s set in 2007 by Leon Haslam, with a 1m 26.594s and extended the gap on the timesheet to over fourth-tenths.

In an almost identical repeat of the morning session, Buchan pinched top spot with six minutes remaining but Brookes responded with back-to-back hot laps, his second breaking the lap record, to end the day quickest by 0.415s.

Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon made significant gains to end the session third fastest, albeit half a second off Buchan in second, with JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Westmoreland also showing promise in fourth.

Midway through FP2 Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty, who had been as high as third on the timesheet, suffered a crash at Park corner which would see him take no part in the second half of the session and ended the day fifth fastest ahead of John Hopkins and his Tyco BMW team-mate Tommy Bridewell.

Billy McConnell and Peter Hickman grabbed eighth and ninth respectively to push defending BSB champion down to a underwhelming 10th but more significantly the PBM Kawasaki rider is 1.2 seconds off Brookes.

The current BSB championship leader Brookes carried on from where he left off in FP1 by going quickest in the opening stages of the afternoon session with a 1m 27.212s, as Buchan once again acted as his closest rival.

With an already depleted BSB field with Stuart Easton, Jason O'Halloran and James Ellison missing due to injury and Broc Parkes competing in the World Endurance Championship, Team WD-40 Kawasaki's Taylor Mackenzie was added to the absentee list after he had to be taken to hospital with a suspected appendicitis.

With 12 minutes remaining Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari – who ended the session 16th – stopped at Park corner with a technical issue which forced a premature end to his afternoon.

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Josh Brookes (AUS), Milwaukee Yamaha, BSB [Credit:]
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
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Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit:]
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Smiths BMW [Credit:]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit:]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit:]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
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August 22, 2015 12:20 PM
Last Edited 128 days ago

talking about records, should be a kind of historical register with details of track, bike spec (and current rules), rider, circuit specific version of track, changes... is hard to find data about in general, could be very interesting for race world... and let us compare and understand much more things...

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