Silverstone Grand Prix: Brookes marches towards maiden BSB title

Josh Brookes has produced a title-worthy performance at Silverstone to move within touching distance of a maiden British Superbike championship.
Josh Brookes has produced a title-worthy performance at the penultimate round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Silverstone, taking his fifth double victory weekend of 2015.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider fought off his Showdown rivals during both races at Silverstone to take a flawless hat-trick – pole position and two race wins – and moves to the cusp of claiming a maiden BSB title.

Brookes has extended his lead in the standings to 47 points over his nearest rival Shane Byrne and can wrap up the championship in the opening race of the triple-header at Brands Hatch if he collects three more points than the PBM Kawasaki rider.

Reflecting on his 10th and 11th wins of the year, Brookes says a significant factor was race management and finding rhythm has others frantically attacked throughout.

“I knew the pace in qualifying wasn't going to be sustainable as that kind of speed really hammers the tyre when you put that force through it,” Brookes said. “At the beginning it was about finding a pace to last the race distance.

“When Shakey went past me in race one I wondered whether my tyre was in a worse situation but they were all equally struggling. If I could ride smooth enough to get back in front I thought they wouldn't have anything extra to give then I have.

“I found it difficult at the start of race two as I got pushed wide at turn one and lost a few positions and lost momentum. It wasn't until I got past Christian Iddon I could get a bit of rhythm. The bike definitely worked better this afternoon in race two it improved with the feel of the front. Once I got clear at the front I could ride my own rhythm and lines and the tyres held out until the end.”

Although refusing to comment on whether he thought the title was all but secured – with Brookes needing at least two non-points results and Byrne to win at least two of the three remaining races – the Milwaukee Yamaha rider says he's filled with mixed emotions ahead of returning to Brands Hatch, the scene of his first win of the season when the Grand Prix circuit hosted round six in July.

“I'm looking forward to returning to Brands, that was the key point of the season when this great turn of wins started when we were able to display the bike's potential,” he said. “It should be an enjoyable return to the track but seeing how everyone has improved, like Iddon on the Suzuki, Linfoot on the Honda and Laverty on the BMW and we all know how good Shakey is on the Kawasaki. I look forward to it but I also fear it a little bit too.”

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October 08, 2015 11:25 AM

Joined BSB at 26, next year he'll be 33. He's just spent too long in the class, he's finished no less than 5th and runner up twice. I think the goal of winning a BSB title has thwarted his career longevity, I can see him going to WSBK but not to challenge the for the title.

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