TT Circuit Assen: Brookes beams with double Dutch

Josh Brookes says his double victory weekend at Assen is the ideal tonic after a 'bitter pill to swallow' from Oulton Park and extends his lead to 28 points
Josh Brookes says his double victory weekend at Assen is the ideal tonic after a 'bitter pill to swallow' from Oulton Park as the Milwaukee Yamaha rider increases his MCE British Superbike championship lead to 28 points over Shane Byrne.

The Australian was evidently frustrated after the triple-header at Oulton Park two weeks ago where he saw his BSB lead trimmed to just two points after Byrne notched up two wins to his one as the Showdown format came into play.

Brookes mastered the challenges throw up in the Netherlands by taking a dominant race one victory in the dry before fighting through the field to claim a second win in mixed conditions.

Coupled with Byrne missing the rostrum in both races Brookes has fashioned a healthy points cushion with five races remaining and says it is a significant mental boost for his charge to a maiden BSB title.

“If I turn back to the last race at Oulton Park when Byrne overtook me and made a gap to finish ahead, it was a bitter pill to swallow,” Brookes said. “I've had two weeks to stew on that and comeback with more aggression. Today I was fighting the best I could to win.”

Brookes says victory in the mixed conditions of race two gave him the biggest smile after surviving through the slippery opening stages to fight back and seal the win two laps from the finish with a hard but fair undercut pass on James Ellison.

“What an amazing race, I really enjoyed that,” he beamed. “Midway through the race the track was still really, really slippery and I had a big moment at one of the right-hand corners and I lost some places as James cleared off at the front.

“In those conditions it is so hard to gauge the pace but James cleared off so I knew I had to get through and get after him. Once I got to the back of him I saw I could make a big lunge into the fast left because he slowed up more than me. But as he started to turn towards the apex the gap got smaller and smaller and I had to stay committed because if I tried to break it could have even been worse.”

Despite extending his title advantage from two to 28 points the Milwaukee Yamaha rider says he takes nothing for granted with five races to go – two at Silverstone before the triple-header finale at Brands Hatch.

“There is never a cushion in racing as you never know what is going to happen. I've got to remain focused on racing as hard as I can and win as many races as I can and hopefully end up at the top.”

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