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NW200: Brookes 'proud' of maiden roads rostrum

Josh Brookes claims his first podium on the roads with third place in Supersport class for Milwaukee Yamaha at North West 200
Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes said he was 'proud' of his maiden road racing rostrum finish after the Australian rider finished third in the opening Supersport race at the North West 200.

Brookes led the race after blasting through from row two of the grid to dispute the lead with Smiths Triumph riders Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson and set a fastest lap on third lap at 115.948mph, which was only bettered in the closing stages by eventual winner Alastair Seeley, who smashed the lap record with a speed of 116.606mph.

The British Superbike star finished 1.9 seconds behind Seeley in third place, with Guy Martin taking the runner-up spot for Tyco Suzuki.

“It's so difficult to get your braking points exact when you are drafting around here. I'm not proud of some of those moves out there, but I'm proud of the podium for Milwaukee Yamaha,” said Brookes.

“I was thinking I could win at one point and thought, 'maybe this will work out' but that's the way it goes. Thanks to the Milwaukee Yamaha guys for preparing a great wee bike.

“I haven't raced a 600 competitively for six years but that race gives me a better idea of what to expect on Saturday.”

Brookes also rides in both Superbike races on Saturday on the Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 and starts from 12th place on the fourth row.



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Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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