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Josh Brookes rounded off the MCE British Superbike triple header weekend at Oulton Park with a commanding success in the final race at the Cheshire circuit.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider took the lead on the opening lap and never looked back, pulling away to win by 7.509s after 18 laps from Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Dan Linfoot denied double winner Ryuichi Kiyonari a place on the rostrum as he claimed third by 0.125s from the Japanese rider.

Scotsman Stuart Easton finished fifth on the second of Paul Bird's Kawasaki machines, 0.381s ahead of Tyco Suzuki's Josh Waters.

Brookes charged into the lead and immediately opened up a gap from Byrne with Easton, Kiyonari, and Linfoot next.

On a damp track with a dry line, the Yamaha rider continued to pull further away in front, with Byrne unable to prevent his title rival from disappearing into the distance.

By lap three, Brookes was 1.1s clear of Byrne, with Easton still holding third from Kiyonari and Linfoot, Waters and Walker in close contention.

The rain flag came out on lap seven but fortunately any threat of showers quickly passed.

The top three positions remained the same with Brookes now holding a lead of 3.868s on lap nine over Byrne, who had three seconds in hand over Easton and Kiyonari.

Japanese rider Kiyonari slipped underneath Easton at Lodge but the Kawasaki rider was back into third again at the first corner. Linfoot took advantage of the move to edge past Kiyonari into fourth.

Quattro Plant's Linfoot was on the move and once he forged his way into third place he began to close down Byrne, pulling a group of riders including Easton, Kiyonari, Bridewell, Waters and Walker along with him.

Linfoot had caught the Kawasaki rider on lap 15 and made a pass into the first corner, but Byrne hit straight back at Island and then proceeded to put the hammer down, pulling away on the final laps to consolidate second place behind Brookes.

The Milwaukee Yamaha star sealed a deserved victory over Byrne, with Linfoot holding off Kiyonari to gain the last place on the rostrum.

Easton, Waters, Walker and Bridewell completed the top eight.

There was more woe for John Hopkins, who pulled out of race two, when he came off along with Bathams BMW rider Patric Muff on lap 15.

Jon Kirkham (Halsall Kawasaki) and Millsport Ducati's Jakub Smrz were the top 10.

Byrne continues to lead the series on 313 points, 69 points clear of Brookes with Kiyonari 40 points further behind in third.

Linfoot (156), Tommy Bridewell (142) and Chris Walker (136) occupy the remaining Showdown places, with the injured James Ellison dropping to seventh place on 124 points.


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