WSBK » Josh Brookes to substitute for John Hopkins

Josh Brookes is to assume John Hopkins' place in the Crescent Fixi Suzuki team for the opening World Superbike Championship round at Phillip Island.

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GoSlow - Unregistered

February 14, 2012 9:16 AM

I still think the majority are a bit hard on Josh's moves in BSB. Sure the Rutter one was maybe a bit strong but Guintoli wasn't his fault and the Mallory Park crash was lack of experience of the track. I've done the same thing at the hairpin but luckily didn't take anyone with me. It's racing, trying to go as fast as you can and get in front of who you can. Brookes is a top rider no doubt about that...


February 14, 2012 11:29 AM
Last Edited 1380 days ago

@ grayo
Would that be from when Guintoli was riding for crescent Suzuki in bsb and Brookes hit him like a torpedo on a sighting lap and broke Guintoli's leg?
Everybody still think he's a hard but fair racer?

Sparky62 - Unregistered

February 14, 2012 12:25 PM

If you follow the racing then you would know the Guintoli crash was a mechanical fault, not Brookes being gung ho. You would also know that the other crashes were considered racing incidents by many experts. So you can have a boring, no pass championship or you can have people take calculated risks. Formula 1 tried to enforce the former and suffered. Nascar tried it last year and suffered. I like my racers to race, not play follow the leader.

me - Unregistered

February 14, 2012 12:53 PM

I agree that it's all about calculated risks, and I'd let anyone off with miss calculating once but this guys calculator is broken.


February 14, 2012 12:53 PM

@ sparky62
I do follow racing and if you check you'll find that the bike was repaired for racing before it was examined and the only evidence used was computer data from the bike and verbal statements from rider and technicians, this showed that he braked at normal place for racing lap but pumped the brakes which caused him to go out of control. But this was on a sighting lap which is why it was so dangerous, he simply shouldn't have been at race pace on a sighting lap and should have been more aware of others around him, which is why he got a suspended ban.


February 14, 2012 1:35 PM

If Brookes was good enough to race in WSB he would have a WSB ride. He's just a temporary substitute for a far better rider. The aussie's fans will defend all of Brookes' misdemeanors but WSB teams will be far less tolerant of Brookes' barging and bullying.

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