Brookes scythes to Thruxton victory

The Australian recovers from a lowly grid position to catch and pass the leaders for an impressive victory at Brands Hatch
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Josh Brookes has sent out a warning signal to his MCE British Superbike Championship rivals after a commanding charge up the order saw him snatch victory on the final lap of the second Thruxton race.

The Australian began down the order in 14th position after his decision to opt for a harder compound in race one prevented him from getting a single fast lap in, even if its longevity helped him to an eventual third place finish.

Nonetheless, with the rest of the grid opting for firmer rubber for race two, the playing field was fairly level as Tommy Hill took off from the front row to lead into the opening bend, ahead of race one winner Ian Lowry, Shane Byrne, Stuart Easton and Michael Rutter, the latter surviving a moment through turn one to hold onto fifth.

However, Rutter's race would take swift downward turn when his MSS Bathams Kawasaki developed a mechanical problem, the BSB veteran forced to retire from a front running position for the second race in succession.

His demise was also instrumental in splitting up the field, with the top four establishing a significant gap over the chasing pack after just two laps.

By this stage, Byrne was now in the lead, the Kawasaki rider dispatching of Lowry and Hill with moves up the inside of the Club chicane on laps two and three respectively.

Brookes, meanwhile, had managed only to climb to eighth by the end of lap three, but had forged his way up to fifth by lap five with his pass on a feisty Noriyuki Haga, the Japanese rider showing decent early pace to rise from his starting position of 13th.

With three-quarters of the race remaining and a clear circuit in front of him, Brookes began to reveal his true pace on the Tyco Suzuki, though the four second margin to the leaders still made his task seem insurmountable.

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Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Josh Brookes - Jamie Morris
Rob Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB media]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
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Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Smiths Racing]
Tyco BMW bikes, Motorcycle Live [Credit: TAS Racing]
David Giugliano, Tyco BMW [Credit: MSV]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki livery, 2017, BSB
Hawk Racing Suzuki, BSB [Credit: BSB media]
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April 15, 2012 6:20 PM

Some good racing today. Good to see Lowry win for Padgetts earlier. Brookes rode brilliantly in 2nd race to take win. Its gonna be a good season in BSB this year with no gizmos :) The thing that stood out for me today though was after a poor Qualifying session yesterday was Stuart Easton after last years horror smash where he could have possibly never ridden again to be up there in both races and challenging for the win in the 2nd is fantastic to see.

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April 15, 2012 6:30 PM

Tw*t - the person stood behind Brookes while Whitham was talking to him during his grid walk for race two. This guy kept following Whitham and the camera trying to get his ugly mug on the tv - and he failed miserably to get whatever he had written on his piece of paper to be seen by the camera.

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