|Brookes claimed his fourth podium of the season
Photo: Tyco Suzuki
Tyco Suzuki rider Josh Brookes came away from the third round of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, with another two podiums to his name. The Aussie suffered some rear grip issues in race one, meaning that he was unable to stay with the other front runners, Ellison and Lowes.
After a set-up change for the second race, Brookes’ grip issues disappeared and he was able to hassle Byrne in front, for the majority of the race. Had he not made a slight error under braking into the Hislop chicane on the penultimate lap, Brookes might well have been in a position to take a lunge at Byrne on the final corner to take the win. Though, it was not to be, after a few stern overtaking moves on the final lap from himself and Alex Lowes, Brookes fended off the Lincolnshire rider, taking second, and his fourth podium of the season.
Even though Brookes has yet to claim a win this season, consistency is the game and a double podium is ideal at this early stage in the season, setting him up nicely come the Showdown in September. “We ran with the best of the new settings we tried for race one, but I ran out of grip after about five laps, even though the tyre looked brand new at the end of the race. The guys made a suspension set-up change for race two and big credit to them as it improved the bike and gave me a tyre to challenge Shakey and Alex at the front. I enjoyed the race and although we could do with a couple of wins, we’ve made progress and I’m happy with that.”