BSB: Brookes ends day one at Oulton on top

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes has topped the timing sheets on the opening day at Oulton Park, after a high speed crash in FP1 this morning at Druids.

Brookes bounced back from a crash in Cheshire

Photo: MCE BSB

Ryuichi Kiyonari continued his rejuvenated pace onto this weekend on the Buildbase BMW, topping this morning’s session with a time of 1.35.886s as he battled it out with Shane Byrne for the top spot. As the session was started the Japanese rider immediately shot to the top, however Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Byrne wouldn’t let Kiyonari sit in first for long as he soon took away first position from the BMW rider. Throughout the session the pair swapped positions for first, with just 0.005s separating the two at one point.

Brookes was out of this battle with 15 minutes of the session remaining following a fast crash off his R1 at Druids, which saw him unable to rejoin the session but walked away unhurt. Lloyds British GBmoto rider Chris Walker was able to secure third position, 0.896s behind Kiyo after a flying final ten minutes for the lone GBmoto rider.

Brookes wasn’t to be dis-hearted after his FP1 crash and came out into FP2 fighting, setting a time of 1.35.878s and securing the top spot in the final minutes of the session. This was ahead of Kiyonari, who was unable to challenge on his final flying lap as he got caught in a pack of riders as Byrne finished 0.248s off Brookes in third. .

Dan Linfoot secured fourth position in FP2 on his Quattro Plant Kawasaki, ahead of Walker who re-appeared in the top five again this afternoon. Tyco Suzuki’s John Hopkins had a strong day in Chesire, finishing both sessions in the top six, less than a second off pole.

Brookes explained: This morning was fairly poor. I rode out and did a number of laps to just get a feeling and into a rhythm for the circuit and then I came in for a bit. When I went back out I just made a mistake passing another rider. I got impatient and went around the outside over Clay Hill and then I didn’t get the change in direction quick enough. That meant as I was also passing, I was left with less room on the entry to Druids. As a result I was on the side of the tyre, on the wet grass and that doesn’t mix.

Once we put that behind us we focused on this afternoon and got the bike built back up. I got the feel for it then concentrated on just going quicker. I don’t know if the track is currently as fast as it was earlier in the season as our lap times are a little way off from when we were here before, but it might just need another day.”



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