BSB: Brookes ends day one at Oulton on top after making a ‘big step’ this afternoon

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes slowly built up his pace at Oulton Park to end the day fastest, 0.263s ahead of Stuart Easton.

It took one final lap for Brookes

Photo: MCE BSB

James Ellison was fastest this morning on his Lloyds Britsh GBmoto Kawasaki ahead of double Brands Hatch winner Shane Byrne with a lap of 1.36.289, 0.005s ahead of Byrne. However both riders struggled in the afternoon session, with Byrne unable to complete FP2 due to electronic problems on his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki. Buildbase BMW’s Ryuchici Kiyonari continued his faster pace on the opening day as he secured a top four finish in the morning session.

Session two saw Josh Brookes make some changes to his R1 as he secured the fastest lap time of 1.35.497 on his final lap of the day. PBM teammate’s Easton and Byrne completed the top three, ahead of Ellison in fourth, 0.808s back and Richard Cooper in fifth position.

Edging ever closer to the record lap time Brookes explained: “The first session I found it really difficult to get into a smooth rhythm. I followed James (Ellison) as I knew he had been here last week so I thought that would be a good reference, but he kind of slowly crept away from me. I didn’t feel comfortable and actually felt quite cold and a bit stiff on the bike where perhaps I hadn’t warmed up properly which was my fault. Also with the settings we didn’t change anything from Brands Hatch in the first session because I like to start the weekend as I left the previous track as that is just my method of working through everything. Those settings just didn’t suit here so we made a few little changes during the session and improved, but then most of the changes were made between the morning session and this afternoon. We made a big step straight away and then steadily chipped away with some more little changes and I got more confident and more relaxed with the bike and the lap times just improved, so I am happy to top that final session today.” 

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