Milwaukee Yamaha riders Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell had a day of up and downs at Silverstone in the penultimate round of the 2014 British Superbike Championship with the Showdown contenders coming away from the Northamptonshire circuit with a best result of 3rd and 4th respectively.
|‘As good as a win’
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Following a double disappointment for Brookes in the Netherlands last time out, which effectively ended his 2014 Championship hopes, the Aussie went out at Silverstone with nothing to lose treating both races ‘individually with no championship consideration’. The first race was a complete nail biting, edge-of-seat saga with Brookes, Byrne and Kiyonari bashing bars throughout the 14 lap race. Brookes unfortunately lost out to the ‘War for Four’ duo, crossing the finish line less than 4 tenths off Kiyonari in second.
“I knew we had a chance of the podium but as usual we pushed on hard and made changes right up until the first race. We found something that meant I could be a part of that amazing race and it was pleasing to be back on the podium rather than parc ferme after the race. I wished I had a little bit more to put into it and have a chance for the win, but pushing for second was a great improvement. Being back on the podium and in the fight felt as good as a win to me and I would have paid for a ticket to watch that one!”
Race two didn’t quite go to plan for the Monster Energy backed rider, after looking as though a similarly fierce three way battle was about to ensue in the opening laps Brookes lost the front of his Yamaha R1 under braking into Brooklands corner in the final sector on lap 9, scuppering any mathematical chance of a title bid going into the final round.
Following the second outing, Brookes said: “In the second race I really wanted to stay with Shakey and Kiyo again and try and push to try and go better than we did in race one. Unfortunately what happened was pretty simple – I braked too late and I crashed out. I was trying even harder on the brakes as that was where I was able to make some time up on them as that area was where I had been stronger. Physics mean you can only brake so late and that lap was just too late and I was out.”
It was a disappointing weekend for team mate Tommy Bridewell, who found difficulty in fighting through the pack in race one, coming across the line in 10th place. Race two was a vast improvement for the Devizes rider, however, swapping paint with James Ellison and former Milwaukee Yamaha rider Josh Waters for the final podium spot. Bridewell just lost out to Ellison for the bottom step on the box, claiming fourth position come the chequered flag.
“Today has been far from what we expected. We have not had an ideal weekend as the setting was out in Race 1 when I had no pace and was stuck with a group of riders. We made drastic changes for Race 2 and they made a lot of difference. It is a shame because we were a race behind. We are in a bit of a see-saw at the moment – we have one good race and one bad race. I could have got ahead of Josh here and now it looks like I will have to try again at Brands Hatch.”