Josh Brookes says ending the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship season on a high with victory in the final race to take second place in the riders’ standings marks the end of a successful year for the Australian rider and Anvil Hire Yamaha.

After returning from World Superbikes with the TAG Racing-run squad, Brookes joined the privateer Yamaha team as an outsider for the title - the team scored three points all season last year - but having stormed into the BSB Showdown the 2015 champion acted as a strong contender against factory-backed efforts.

Despite entering the final race of 2017 22 points off leader Leon Haslam, who crashed out of the race with brake failure, Brookes ended the season just three points off of title-winner Shane Byrne thanks to victory in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.

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Even though he was left frustrated by narrowly missing out he feels Anvil Hire Yamaha’s efforts deserve huge credit for finishing runner-up.

“I was optimistic but also realistic that if it didn’t happen then mentally I was prepared if it didn’t fall my way,” Brookes said. “I wasn’t aware of Byrne’s situation and I thought it was him behind me during the final race due to the engine not but it was Ellison who came past so I imagined Shakey was third or fourth.

“When I saw Haslam had crashed out I knew that Shakey didn’t need to take any risks to win the championship so I imagined it was just a race with me and Ellison, I knew Shakey wouldn’t risk everything trying to beat me when he didn’t need to.

“I gave it everything I had and it was a great relief to have the bike working very well in that last race after a couple of issues which were enough to break my concentration and rhythm. To have the bike working perfectly in the last race was fantastic and I could ride confidently so to be here second in the championship is a wonderful feeling.

“I want to give a big thank you to the Winfield family. I’m sure everyone knows they are a family-run team compared to the business-run teams and they don’t have the big amount of resources, fancy equipment and sponsors to make them as big as the other team.

“They do it purely by passion for the sport and the will to win. They deserve as much credit as I do for this year.”