6 August 2011
Brookes chooses correctly for win
However, neither rider would achieve a rostrum result as they fell foul to a late charge from Michael Rutter, whose risk to take his tyre choice the other way and opt for a slick rear was paying dividends in the closing stages.
Indeed, the Rapid Bathams Ducati rider came from some margin back to catch and pass both Walker and Hopkins with just four laps remaining, before rolling up to the back of Mason and overtaking the Kawasaki rider at the start of the final lap.
Another example of fine riding in tricky weather conditions, Rutter may have fancied his chances of victory had he the luxury of two more laps, but he would have to settle for a still superb second, two seconds behind a delighted Brookes, who goes a long way to securing his place in the title shootout with this win.
Rutter and Mason rounded out the podium, the latter scoring only his second career rostrum to date, to improve their chances of a spot in the top six, the pair now seventh and eighth overall.
Hopkins fended off Walker to claim fourth, a good result compared to his title rivals, but not enough to add to the all-important podium credits.
A steadily improving James Westmoreland enjoyed a quiet ride to sixth, the Motorpoint Yamaha rider just getting the better of Graeme Gowland in the closing stages. Gowland had run with the leaders in the early laps as he held down a high of fourth, but while he would fade to seventh at the chequered flag, it remained a very dominant EVO class win.
Michael Laverty crossed the line an unspectacular eighth, ahead of Jon Kirkham and Glen Richards on the second of the WFR Hondas.
Indeed, all top fifteen finishers were those that didn't require a pit-stop for new tyres, with Ian Lowry, Patric Muff, Dan Kneen, Jake Zemke and Barry Burrell all securing points for their troubles.
With fastest lap in race one securing pole position for race two, those that did pit at least had the chance of improving their chances tomorrow. As such, the front row is made up of those that came in for slick rubber, with Hill securing pole again, ahead of Lascorz, Byrne and Kiyonari.
Rutter, Peter Hickman, Alex Lowes and Parkes make up row two, while John Hopkins has it all to do from 12th on the grid. Ironically, the man to really lose out is Brookes, whose fastest lap on the way to victory was only good enough for 13th – the exact position he started race one.
Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Kawasaki , Ducati , Suzuki , Michael Rutter , Tommy Hill , Shane Byrne , John Hopkins , Ryuichi Kiyonari , Michael Laverty , alex lowes , jon kirkham
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