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Brookes chooses correctly for win

The Australian rider's choice of intermediate tyres pays dividends as he surges up the order from 13th on the grid.
Josh Brookes has taken his first MCE British Superbike Championship win as a Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider after a superb victory from 13th position on the grid in tricky weather conditions.

Having struggled for pace during qualifying, Brookes only started from the fourth row of the grid, but an aggressive start saw him up into third by the end of the opening lap, the Australian proceeding to snatch the lead on lap three.

Brookes's win was made partly possible by the arrival of rain minutes before the start of the race, forcing teams into adopting a wide variety of different tyre combinations.

As expected, the opening bends favoured those who had taken a wet tyre on the front, with WSBK wild-card Joan Lascorz leading initially, before Shane Byrne moved ahead on lap two.

However, the surface quickly became 'intermediate', with both Lascorz and Byrne promptly swallowed up by those behind as it became immediately clear they had opted for the incorrect tyres.

They weren't alone, with Tommy Hill, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Broc Parkes among those to also play it safe with a wet tyre, each one eventually peeling into the pit lane to undergo a lengthy change that would put them a lap down and out of contention.

With several victory contenders down the order, Brookes had stepped up into the lead, the Australian's choice of intermediates proving ideal as he moved ahead on lap three and built an early advantage.

John Hopkins initially found himself on the other side of that gap, though a feisty Gary Mason would eventually find his way past the Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider on lap seven.

Hopkins would then find himself in a fierce battle for third with another Kawasaki rider, this time Chris Walker, the Pr1mo rider using his experience to challenge the title contender for a top three finish.




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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

August 06, 2011 9:04 PM

The rule is a good one and has worked well this season - it just needs a slight tweak: Fastest lap achieved on the tyres on which the rider started the race. The points system however is a complete steaming crock of ...

Gazza1JB

August 06, 2011 9:56 PM

It would of been MUCH more worth while for Hopper to pit from his 4th place a couple of laps from the end for slicks and finish a lap down out of the points but with a fast time for the grid 2moro than finishing 4th. As he didnt get any podium credits (which is all that counts for guys at the front) and starts 12th on the grid, compared to shakey and tommy hill at thr front for 2moro race. Dont seem quite right to me...



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