Josh Brookes says despite making a number of set-up changes to his Anvil Hire Yamaha throughout the Cadwell Park race weekend he was unable to settle on a competitive package which left him trailing his BSB Showdown rivals.

After being bumped out in Q2 in the closing seconds of the session, Brookes struggled to make progress from 10th on the grid and eventually finished 12th but changes for race two coupled with fallers ahead of him saw the 2015 BSB champion finish in seventh place.

Despite a difficult round at the Lincolnshire circuit Brookes have moved up a spot in the top six Showdown places into fifth, ahead of the injured Luke Mossey, but closest Showdown challenger Jake Dixon in seventh has closed the gap on the Australian to 11 points with the triple-header Silverstone Showdown decider to come next month.

“We’ve had definitely no luck this weekend,” Brookes said. “We started out a little bit late on Friday morning, and it was a little bit of a rush to get out on the track.

“It feels like we’ve started off on the wrong foot. The first practice wasn’t that good and then the afternoon practice looked like an improvement, but it was false impressions because all weekend we’ve been slightly off the pace and both races were extremely difficult for me.

“If I knew exactly what the problem with the bike was, we would have fixed it. We went through all the different setting changes we could imagine, and I didn’t find the result that we were looking for. If you’re not getting the result you want, of course you’re not happy.”



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