Josh Brookes has clinched his first MCE British Superbike championship with two races remaining by claiming victory at Brands Hatch.

In what has been a dominant romp in the second half of the season Brookes has notched up 12 wins over the past 14 races and has only finished off the podium on two occasion all season.

Brookes has become the first Australian to win the BSB title since Troy Bayliss with GSE Ducati in 1999 and the first title for Yamaha since 2011 when Tommy Hill took a dramatic crown the last time Shaun Muir's team were champions.

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Heading into the season finale triple-header at the Kent circuit Brookes needed to outscore his last remaining Showdown rival by just three points in race one and duly did so in a fantastic scrap with defending champion Byrne, eventually getting the better of him on lap 14 to sprint away and claim the ultimate glory.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider has utterly dominated the Showdown with double victory weekends at Assen and Silverstone, having also taken six consecutive race wins in the regular season with a 'triple-double' at Brands Hatch, Thruxton and Cadwell Park.

Adapting to the new Yamaha R1 at the start of the season, Brookes demonstrated the potential to be unlocked from the bike by finishing on the podium in all but one race of the opening ten contests before his winning streak commenced at Brands Hatch.

Even when faced with his biggest challenge of the season - when his bike conked out during qualifying at Oulton Park putting him 30th on the grid - he was able to fight through the field and finish in fourth place.

As well as his consistency with race pace and an ever-present figure on the rostrum, Brookes has been a constant timesheet topper in free practice and started eight races from pole position.

More to follow.