Josh Brookes may have crashed-out of British Superbike race two today at Cadwell Park a couple of corners from home – and an almost-certain debut victory at the Mountain Circuit with Tyco Suzuki – but the Australian’s hard-charging ‘never-say-die’ attitude was well-received by the knowledgeable BSB fans at the Lincolnshire venue, who applauded his every effort.
With his end-of-season Showdown place guaranteed at the previous round, Brookes was never going to settle for a brace of third-placed finishes after standing on the bottom rung of the podium in the opening race. He hunted down Alex Lowes in race two with the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap, and then made the all-important pass to take the lead, only to slip-off at Mansfield just a few corners from home.
His young team-mate PJ Jacobsen also slid-off in race two whilst fighting for a top-six finish. The 20-year-old American had a sensational weekend nonetheless, qualifying fourth on his debut; backed-up with fifth position in race one and setting himself up well for the final four rounds at circuits he has previously ridden.
“I’ve run it over in my head a thousand times since it happened and the bottom line is, I got into the lead and just messed up. But in hindsight it was better to have a go at the win. After I made a mistake over the Mountain I hunted Bridewell down and the pass on Alex Lowes on the last lap was pretty easy to be honest, as I got good drive out of Charlie’s and was quicker all race into Park, making up loads of ground. I just tucked the front a couple of corners after that but I’m not hurt, the bike’s not too badly damaged and we only lost three podium credits.”
“I was pretty happy with fifth place in race one but got a bit frustrated in race two trying to get back past Chris Walker. I pushed a little too-hard and lost the front, but I’m okay. The race pace was a lot faster in race two but we will take the positives from my first weekend at Cadwell Park. Hopefully I impressed a few people out there and for me my season starts in two weeks’ time at Donington Park. The last four circuits of the season I’ve raced at and really like, and I feel they suit my riding style.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“It was a bit of a frustrating weekend all round as we showed a lot of promise but didn’t take home our deserved rewards. The GSX-R1000 package was once again superb this weekend and with some further developments planned, we are looking forward to the next round at Donington Park.
“PJ should be highly commended for his performance throughout the weekend on his first visit to Cadwell Park, which is a very difficult circuit to learn. It’s a real shame it ended with a crash at the notorious Charlies, which has caught out many riders over the years.
“What can you say about Josh Brookes: he’s a racer through and through and we love to see that in a rider. To set the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap, then go on and take the lead on the last lap against the odds is testament to his determination. However it has to be said, those podium credits are extremely important at this stage.
“Anyway, we are still in the hunt and we will move on to Donington in a positive frame of mind; a circuit which has been a good for us in the past.”
BSB Race One result: 1 Alex Lowes (Honda), 2 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) +1.056s, 3 Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.969s, 4 Tommy Bridewell (Kawasaki) +4.626s, 5 PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +14.827s, 6 Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +16.040s.
BSB Race Two result: 1 Alex Lowes (Honda), 2 Tommy Bridewell (Kawasaki) +0.892s, 3 James Ellison (Yamaha) +4.371s, 4 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) +6.375s 5 Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +9.787s, 6 Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +16.095s
British Superbike Championship Standings (after Cadwell Park): 1 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) 330 [35 podium credits], 2 Alex Lowes (Honda) 293 [27 podium credits], 3 Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 284 [22 podium credits], 4 James Ellison (Yamaha) 174 [12 podium credits], 5 Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 162 [4 podium credits] 6 Jon Kirkham [BMW) 135 [no podium credits to date].