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Brookes confirms Showdown place with Double Podium
Josh Brookes added to the entertainment value with two hard fought second places during yesterday’s British Superbike races at Brands Hatch on his GSX-R1000 Tyco Suzuki. The Australian, who flies home to Sydney this morning for a short holiday, confirmed his Showdown place with his tenth and eleventh podiums of the season, alongside double winner Shane Byrne and Tommy Hill during round 7 on the GP circuit after his forty point haul.
Alastair Seeley kept his Showdown hopes alive with ninth and eleventh placed finished at Brands Hatch. It was another tough weekend for the Ulsterman having crashed in free practice which added to his problems in qualifying, but the twelve points scored in the two encounters leaves him tenth in the standings and not out of the hunt for a Showdown place just yet.
PJ Jacobsen continued to impress on just his second appearance in Tyco Suzuki colours. The young American was up against it having to qualifying in the National 1000cc Superstock class, having never ridden the GP circuit before. And from eighteenth position on the grid he made a gargantuan effort during the race on Sunday, to take sixth place on his Brands Hatch debut, riding the ’stock GSX-R1000.
I’m not usually happy with second place but on this occasion I’m happy enough. I enjoyed both races and the bike worked perfectly; we just didn’t quite have enough to match Shakey out there. We lost time in qualifying with the crash but we worked hard, made a few changes after race one and that gave me more confidence. You could see what I was doing trying inside, outside and every side to force Shakey into a mistake, as I knew if I just sat there he’s never make one, but he doesn’t crack. It was a good weekend. Thanks to all the boys in the team for the big effort.”
“It’s never easy coming back from a crash and a bad qualifying position but we worked hard at Brands and scored solid points. The competition is very tough in that top ten or twelve places and I had some good battles. There’s a few twists and turns to come yet I’d say, so I’m not giving up on that Showdown place until it’s mathematically impossible.”
“It was another tough circuit to learn with so many blind corners but we worked hard and in the race I just gave it my all. I maybe could have taken fifth right at the end but the front was starting to wash on those last couple of laps so I didn’t want to risk. I’ve had a great time with the Tyco Suzuki team, met some great people and rode two great tracks. Hopefully I’ll be back.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“After a very difficult start to the weekend we can’t really complain about the outcome of both races. Josh was superb adding another two podiums to his impressive tally this year. The GSX-R1000 Superbike worked superbly but we must keep working over the summer break to find that extra little bit. I’m sure Josh and his crew will also find a bit more as we approach the Showdown.
“Alastair also worked very hard and his results do not do the effort justice after fighting back from a crash in qualifying. It’s not over yet but he really needs some strong results from the next two rounds to secure his place.
“Back with us for a second weekend, PJ Jacobsen was again really, really impressive as he quickly took to learning another new circuit. To post sixth place after only three sessions on it, is some achievement and shows the young man’s talent on a motorcycle. Thanks as always to all our sponsors who turned out in force this weekend.”
British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch GP, race one result:
1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.469s
3. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +6.434s
4. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +7.197s
5. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +9.172s
6. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +9.738s
7. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +11.024s
8. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +12.057s
9. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) +14.335s
10. Michael Rutter (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +20.18s
British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch Grand Prix, race two result:
1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.583s
3. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +2.265s
4. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +3.104s
5. Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha +9.261s
6. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +14.644s
7. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +15.683s
8. Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) +15.684s
9. Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) +17.147s
10. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +23.695s
British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch GP:
1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 266
2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 255
3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 246
4. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 172
5. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 124
6. Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) 113
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