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Brookes, Kiyonari share Sunday wins

Josh Brookes was denied a hat-trick of wins by a machine problem in the third race of the seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Snetterton.

That DNF also cost the Aussie the lead in the title stakes as Tommy Hill, second to Ryuichi Kiyonari, regained the advantage by two points.

Brookes had won the opening race, held over from the weather ravaged Knockhill round, on Saturday afternoon with a last lap move on his HM Plant Honda team-mate Kiyonari with Hill, riding the Worx Crescent Suzuki, running third from the RidersMotorcycles.com Ducati of Michael Rutter.

Then, despite having come out on top in the Swan Combi Roll for Pole, Brookes made life difficult for himself with a sluggish start from the front of the grid in the first of the two Sunday afternoon races, to be running sixth on an opening lap led by Rutter from Hill with Kiyonari third from Michael Laverty on the Relentless Suzuki and Swan Honda's James Ellison.

Brookes was gaining places to be running third on the fourth lap, but by then Kiyonari had pulled out with a machine problem, leaving the front running duel to Rutter and Hill, but they were soon feeling the heat from the determined Brookes.

He moved second on the seventh lap and took Rutter a further seven laps into the race as he slowed with a gear shift problem. Alastair Seeley and Ellison ran ahead of Hill with Ellison showing his Brands Hatch opening round form, prior to the tumble at Thruxton in which he sustained a broken leg soon going second.

Hill attacked Ellison, going through to take second place as Brookes completed his second win, reflecting: “I messed up the start and had to work for it but was comfortable with the passes. It was a shame that some of the others had mechanical problems but I am sure that I could have taken them.”

Ellison, fourth in that race, made a great start to the final race, heading off Brookes with Michael Laverty third from Kiyonari and Hill, but soon Kiyonari was running third and harassing his team-mate, moving ahead of him on the seventh lap and two laps later taking the lead from Ellison.

Ellison strayed off-line and Brookes nipped into second place, but not for long before he was sidelined by a machine problem. Kiyonari was leading from Michael Laverty with Rutter third as the Safety Car was deployed as Ellison crashed in a tangle with Seeley.




Related Pictures

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Josh Brookes - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net
Dan Linfoot Quattro Plant Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net
James Ellison Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
James Ellison Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net
James Ellison Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Howie Mainwaring Quattro Plant Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Jenny Tinmouth - Two Wheel Racing Honda
Dan Linfoot Quattro Plant Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Dan Linfoot Quattro Plant Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shaun Winfield Quattro Plant Kawasaki
Dan Linfoot Quattro Plant Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net

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Bike Race Guru - Unregistered

July 19, 2010 8:08 AM

@50cc.. Trouble is.. You don't "TELL IT LIKE IT IS".. Tou tell it how you see it.. Which to the rest of us is like the difference between reality and fantasy.. Have you got an opinion on racing or just on Tommy Hill?? You seriously are a one trick pony my friend.. Can't wait for all your alias's to start replying..Bring it on "Just Watching"..

Cubikrube - Unregistered

July 19, 2010 8:24 PM

Neither the Worx team nor the Alstare team are getting any factory support atm. I asked today when at the Gixxer track day and this was confirmed. Didn't ask the Relentless boys but can't imagine it would be any different. What amazes me is that it's the 25th anniversary of the Gixxer this year and you would honestly think that Suzuki would want to mark that occasion and given their stellar start in both series you think they'd be chucking everything at this. Their GP bike is pretty crappy atm so why keep chucking money at it? I'm amazed they aren't thinking along the same lines, just seem to be throwing away the opportunity of some good marketing for their bikes! :?



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