Brookes Wins And Qualifies For Showdown

/ August 12, 2013
MCE British Superbike Championship

Josh Brookes took the win in the final race in an Oulton Park triple header at the weekend, adding to his second and fourth placed finishes from the other two races.

After initially struggling with set up at the start of the weekend, Brookes and the team worked hard to find a setting for Sunday, which saw the Aussie grab a second and a win, claiming even more important podium credits as he qualified for the Showdown.

It was also his first win at the Cheshire circuit, and his 11th podium of the season.

He said, “One of the guys said to me ‘that race was all about heart’, but to be honest it took more heart for me to finish fourth in the opening race of the weekend yesterday, when we still hadn’t mastered our set-up.

“In the end we had the package sorted on the GSX-R1000 and when it works I can ride to my true potential as I showed today.

“It was a real battle but I wasn’t prepared to lose that one and we now go to Cadwell looking for more podium credits as the all-important Showdown edges closer.”

PJ Jacobsen continued to impress and qualified third on Saturday, and was sat in second place in race before the red flags came out. However, with his mechanics frantically working to make minor adjustments to his machine before the restart, Jacobsen missed the cut off by just 10 seconds and was forced to start from the back of the grid.

He came through to finish seventh, and followed it up with a sixth placed finish in race two, but was unfortunately forced to retire from the final race when running with the front group in sixth place.

He said, “I was disappointed to miss the restart in my correct grid position but when we re-formed I just looked across at Keith Farmer and said, ‘I’m heading to the front. You coming?’ I just wanted more laps in the end as I could have moved up even closer to the front guys.

“The first race on Sunday was good but I suffered from a little bit of a grip issue, but I was happy with sixth. In the second race I had far better grip and was ready to follow Bridewell through onto that front group.

“I’d just set the fastest first sector before we had to retire, but I’ve proved this weekend that I’m ready to tag onto those front guys. I’m ready now to hit that jump at Cadwell in two weeks’ time.”

Team Manager Philip Neill commented, “We always said that Josh is a racer. We did have a slow start to the weekend with a problem that was later traced to a fuel injector. It significantly hampered Josh and his crew from finding the perfect set-up at the start of the weekend.

“As usual his crew worked their magic and turned the bike around for race day and Josh excelled once again on his GSX-R1000 Superbike. He rode perhaps one of the best races of his BSB career today to capture his first win at Oulton Park.

“We are obviously very frustrated about the incident with PJ, especially missing the restart out of pit lane by something like 10 seconds.

“In saying that, he put in an astonishing ride to come through from dead last to seventh place. It’s proof enough that he has moved to the next level in BSB and is now ready to progress even further.

“He had a phenomenal start to the weekend and a disappointing end, but overall it confirmed the natural talent and ability we knew he possessed after his stand in rides last year.

“He certainly proved he’s capable of running at the front. It’s just a shame we had a technical issue with his bike in the second race today, as it looked like he was coming home with another strong top six result.”