Josh Brookes unlucky in the 2011 Oulton Park British Superbike

Team Suzuki Press Release

Josh Brookes suffered the heartbreak of crashing out of a potential race win in today’s second British Superbike Championship race at Oulton Park, taking just an opening race sixth-place for his efforts at the Cheshire venue.

british superbike, british superbike racing, 2011 british superbike, 2011 oulton park british superbike, 2011 superbike, 2011 british superbike racingThe Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider did make giant strides forward at the start of race two, storming away at the head of the field with Stuart Easton from his front-row grid position.

And while the pair had opened up a four-second lead over their pursuers at half distance, Easton looked, at times, to be holding up the GSX-R1000 of Brookes, who was keen to settle into his own rhythm at the front of the field.

Sadly, a small mistake on the run into Britten’s Chicane on lap nine ended his weekend prematurely, leaving everyone very disappointed after a very big effort between races.

Josh Brookes:

“I’m hurting but I’m not hurt, although I can’t work out what is worse: sixth or crashing. In race one we started fast but drifted away, but we made changes for race two and the bike felt almost on rails as it was strong and a lot better. To be fair, Easton was slowing me up in places; I just wanted to set my own pace as it’s hard to see apexes at Oulton through those little chicanes following someone. It’s disappointing as I believe we could have won that one, but we’ll give it more of the same next time out and hopefully it’ll be our day.”

Philip Neill – Team Manager:

“We were seven or eight laps away from this being a great weekend, but that’s racing. The first BSB race was a good race, but we improved things for race two; Josh just made a huge mistake which he knows was not necessary. The bike can’t be faulted today and really and truly Josh can’t be faulted either; he’s a racer and he was on it, so we can’t expect him not to push for the win when he feels it’s there. We’re obviously just not finding the correct recipe at the minute.”

British Superbike Race 1 Results:

1 Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda)
2 John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +4.150s
3 Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +4.336s
4 Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +4.646sA
5 Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +4.684s
6 Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki) +5.105s
7 Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing) +13.582s
8 Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +16.637s
9 Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +19.108s
10 Dan Linfoot ( Honda) +19.452s

British Superbike Race 2 Results:

1 John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing)
2 Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +0.221s
3 Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +0.521s
4 Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.633s
5 Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +1.026s
6 Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati ) +2.930s
7 Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing) + 2.949s
8 Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +7.183s
9 Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +7.326s
10 Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +7.293s

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