It was a day of highs and lows for Milwaukee Yamaha riders Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell, with the duo coming away from the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk with a podium a piece but with Australian Brookes ending the weekend with a crash in race two.
|Highs and bigger highs for Milwaukee
Photo: Milwaukee Yamaha
After qualifying on the front row of the grid alongside pole sitter, Byrne, Brookes maintained his second position from the get go in race one, slotting in behind the triple champion up until half race distance where an ever lurking GB Moto Kawasaki rider James Ellison chose to make his move on the Yamaha rider to claim second position. The battle between the pair gifted Byrne the opportunity to lengthen his lead. Once Brookes had passed Ellison for the final time he managed to chase down Byrne in the closing few laps, however, a mistake into Oggies left Brookes dirt tracking and unable to pass Byrne for the win.
In race two, Brookes took the fight to Byrne as soon as the lights went out, diving up the inside instantly on lap one at the Montreal Hairpin before momentarily falling back into third behind team mate Bridewell after a mistake into Nelson’s. Brookes made his way through on his team mate to latch on to the back of Byrne’s Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki once more before firing himself out of the race on lap 12 at Montreal. The former World Supersport ace was winded but otherwise ok following the crash.
“It has been a mixed day. I feel like I lost my first race when James came passed me; we had the safety car and once we started the race again Shane got the gap. I then had to get by James and I then pulled a gap but I just didn’t have enough to close and pass for the win. I pushed as hard as I could throughout the race and I made a mistake on the last lap, so I was lucky to hold on to second.
“The crash in race two had me winded for a while but I am ok. I just tried to close the gap to Shakey on the exit of the corner and I just gave it too much gas; unfortunately giving it more throttle wasn’t the answer. I was riding so hard for the results and we will just have to keep trying to see if we can get the better of them next time out,” said Brookes.
Tommy Bridewell’s hard work so far this season finally paid off on Sunday as the Devizes rider converted a solid fourth place finish in race one into his first podium of the season in race two.
Bridewell fought hard with both Brookes and Ellison in race two before his team mate’s sharp exit with four laps to go. The West Country rider continued to pressure Ellison for the remainder of the race but lost out to the Kawasaki man come the flag by little over a second.
Bridewell now sits 4th in the championship standings with 69 points just 16 off his team mate, Brookes in third. “We have been making steps forward all weekend and I feel that we have been getting closer here. It’s great to be back on the podium as the start of the season hadn’t really completely gone to plan at the first tracks we have been to. We have worked hard to get comfortable with the bike and this weekend I have risked it a bit to get the results and it paid off in race two. Shakey and James (Ellison) had the legs on me in the second race at the end, but it was nice to pressure Josh and I feel that we have made some headway.”