British Superbike Championship, Round 11 – Silverstone
Josh Brookes will enter the final round of this year’s British Superbike Championship just nine points behind main rival Shane Byrne after taking a race two podium in third place yesterday at Silverstone – much to the delight of team guests for the weekend: super middleweight world champion boxer Carl Froch and broadcaster Andy Kershaw. Nigel Bell was also very much on all team members’ minds on Sunday. The Moneymore businessman, who was a personal friend to many in the team, sadly passed away on Saturday evening.
GSX-R1000 mounted Brookes made a tyre and strategy change after taking fourth place in race one, then proceeded to get involved in a race-long dogfight with his fellow Showdown contenders in the second encounter.
It was the Australian’s seventeenth podium of the 2012 BSB season and he has high hopes of success as the season enters the final stretch at Brands Hatch on October 13 & 14. His team-mate Alastair Seeley missed out on the points at Silverstone but made progress with set-up that should see him end the season positively at Brands where he was on the podium at round one.
“We made a change of tyre to the SC2 for the second race and despite plenty of over-taking at the front I wasn’t able to convert that into the win. I got screwed over a bit at the start of the second race and it cost me time, but when I did get to the front with Shakey and Alex [Lowes] – every time I made a pass it was tough to make it stick and they came back past me. I’m disappointed not to have taken a win but nine points behind is nothing with seventy five up for grabs at Brands.”
“I really enjoyed the first race dice with Nori Haga and learned a lot from him. He has so much experience and once I was behind him he was an expert at defending his lines. Despite not taking points I’ve enjoyed my racing this weekend and I’m looking forward to Brands now, where I believe the real Alastair Seeley can turn up and put on a good show to end the year on a high.”
In the National 1000cc Superstock class, young American PJ Jacobsen kept his podium run going, narrowly losing out on a second successive ’stock victory after making a small mistake on the final lap. He was just 5/100ths of a second down on race winner Lee Costello after eleven pulsating laps.
“I’m kicking myself for running deep into the turn just a few from home on the last lap. I’ll be thinking about that for a week, but Lee rode well and deserved his win. It was great to be back on the GSX-R1000 and get it spinning up out of the turns and I enjoyed the Silverstone circuit more and more with every session. I would have liked to give the team a third successive win, but it’s another podium and a good show for Suzuki and the GSX-R1000.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“As a team we competed all day with heavy hearts after losing a great friend of the Tyco Suzuki team in Nigel Bell on Saturday night. It was a tough weekend all round and although we were in the mix, we have to admit we didn’t quite have the package to take the wins in BSB. Nine points is not a massive uphill task and changes little for Brands: we still have to go out and win races, which we fully expected we’d have to do regardless. The boys all did a great job and PJ proved he’s human by making a small mistake, which undoubtedly cost him the win. In saying that it was another new track for him and he acquitted himself admirably and proved why the new GSX-R1000 is a more than capable machine in the Superstock class.”
British Superbike Standing [three races remaining at Brands Hatch]
Shane Byrne [Kawasaki] 608
Josh Brookes [Tyco Suzuki] 599
Alex Lowes [Honda] 584
Tommy Hill [Yamaha] 566
Michael Laverty [Honda] 559
Tommy Bridewell [BMW] 544
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