Silverstone Grand Prix: Brookes: Pole lap good enough for MotoGP!

Josh Brookes says his qualifying flyer was enough to make the MotoGP grid at Silverstone after obliterating the BSB lap record.
Josh Brookes says his qualifying flyer was good enough to make the MotoGP grid at Silverstone after obliterating the MCE British Superbike lap record with a 2m 03.984s.

The BSB championship leader produced a flawless performance by topping every qualifying session before becoming the first production bike rider to break into the 2m 03s times and take a phenomenal pole position for Milwaukee Yamaha.

A beaming Brookes says he had asked his team what time would be quick enough to make the MotoGP grid and duly targeted that time at the Northamptonshire circuit.

“Earlier in the day in FP3 when we got down to the 2m 04s mark I said to our engine builder and the team 'that must be somewhere close to MotoGP times',” Brookes said. “They laughed and said you've got to be 2m 03s to make MotoGP so when I saw 2m 03.9s I thought, there you go, there is your 2m 03s!”

Comparing this year's MotoGP qualifying results at Silverstone directly to the Milwaukee Yamaha rider's hot lap, Brookes would have beaten both Karel Abraham and Alexis De Angelis on the Grand Prix grid.

Reflecting on his record-breaking lap, Brookes says he almost considered bailing out of it completely at turn one after running wide exiting Copse corner but was glad he changed his mind.

“On my first flying lap in Q3 I made a mistake going into the first turn and didn't get the bike pulled up quick enough and went really wide on to the rumble strip and had to roll the throttle,” he explained. “On a corner that fast when you roll the throttle you might as well bin the lap.

“I kept the gas on and went through Maggotts and Becketts and the light on my dash came back on which shows me I'm on a personal best lap. Whatever I had lost on the first turn I made back and it was game on again. I kept everything as good as I could and I raced to the finish to see 2m 03.9s on the dash.

“I thought about going for another lap but if someone was going to beat my best then they deserved pole because I laid everything on the line for that lap.

“I looked over to my board and saw 0.2 and thought who the hell is that close to me. To do my lap time you expected to see a bigger gap and saw it was Hopper. He was the previous track record holder so it goes to show he likes the track and is feeling good.”

Brookes says he hasn't taken any extra satisfaction from his nearest championship rivals struggling in qualifying – with James Ellison fourth and Shane Byrne tenth – and is still working on a race-by-race basis.

The Australian takes a 28-point advantage into the penultimate round over Byrne and looks in the box seat to extend his points cushion tomorrow.

Tagged as: Silverstone , Byrne , Brookes , Ellison

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October 04, 2015 8:58 AM

1050cc: Oh come on Josh! He wouldn't stand a chance in MotoGP! Why? Because if he went there it would be on a crap bike (just like M. Laverty) and would return to BSB within 12 months! He's doing great this year in BSB and I wish him well!
All Brookes was saying was that on a Pirelli shod, traction controless British superbike, he put in a lap that was quicker than a couple of the MotoGP guys. Whatever way you look at it that's some going around a 2min lap, I don't recall him saying in his quotes that he feels he is good enough for MotoGP or wants to go there.

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