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Brookes seventh in NW200 Superstock race

'I only made one small mistake, which is acceptable as I'm new to this and it is tough trying to learn the track in the wet' - Josh Brookes
British Superbike title contender Josh Brookes made a stunning road racing debut at the North West 200 as the Australian rider finished seventh in Thursday's first Superstock race.

Brookes also recorded the third fastest lap of the race on his GSX-R1000 as he made his racing bow on the roads in Northern Ireland.

The Bringelly man earned his impressive top ten finish despite overshooting at University Corner at the start of the race, which was held in wet conditions.

“We are improving and improving on the Superstock bike every time we ride it, but I have to remember, the first time I'd ever ridden the bike was when we rolled up here at the start of the week,” he said.

“I've just made changes in a step-by-step process and that's for personal feel, but the engine performance of the GSX-R1000 has been very good and I can draft past people easy enough.

“In the race I started from the second group, which I wasn't that happy about as I wanted to use some of the other fast guys as a gauge, as I'm still struggling to know some of the braking points off the fast straights,” he added.

“I did get the holeshot in my group and led into University, but I ran on and it took me a while to get it turned.”

Brookes is also coming to terms with the fearsome 160mph right-hander at Station and revealed he almost 'took it flat' on his final flying lap.

“I had to fight through the traffic then and felt disappointed that a great opportunity had been lost. I just put my head down and got quicker and quicker, lap-by-lap.

“The first lap through Station Corner, which is quite intimidating, was a matter of building it up; then on my last flying lap I almost kept it flat through there, which is what you've got to do,” he said.




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bigphil sp1 - Unregistered

May 17, 2013 6:14 PM

Einar I think your forgetting Alastair Seeley former winner and current leader of the bss series who won both the 600 supersport and the superstock last night also the 49.9999 year old Jeremy McWilliams former gp winner who came out of retirement last year to have a second and then won the supertwin race this year.



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