Delighted Brookes takes maiden BSB win
AUSSIE Josh Brookes celebrated his first MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship win as he took the spoils in a hard-fought second race at Thruxton.
The HM Plant Honda became the first Australian to win a BSB race since Troy Bayliss in 1999 as he beat Race One winner Tommy Hill across the line by just 0.391secs.
And the win comes as the first for the HM Plant Honda squad since 2008.
Brookes had made a scorching getaway at the green light after securing a front row grid spot as a result of his fastest lap time in Race One, and led from the front all the way to the chequered flag.
As Hill tried everything in his power to nose his Worx Crescent Suzuki into the lead, Brookes was having none of it, and spent the 20-Lap race defending his position. It paid off as he took the spoils and his first win since joining the BSB circus last season.
"It feels pretty good - I've waited a long time for this. The bike has been good all weekend and I was able to lead all of the way," said a delighted Brookes.
"I could feel Tommy breathing down my neck but I knew that I didn't make any mistakes, then the race was mine.
"I always knew that I was capable of doing this, and now I have the trophy to prove it."
Third place went to a deserving Stuart Easton. The Hawick rider, who was flying solo for the Swan Honda outfit after James Ellison broke his femur on Saturday morning,
"The lap times were not so fast in Race One and I had to start from the third row in the second race, which put me at an obvious disadvantage," he explained.
"In race two we solved the problem and I knew I had a lot of work to do and I wasn't riding as smoothly as I would do normally as I wanted to get on the podium.
" I was up to third and started pulling in Josh and Tommy but by that point I had used the best from my tyres.
"I think my riding was in some places a bit erratic today and I have apologised for that, but some days you have to fight for the positions and today was one of those days."
The result means that Hill now leads the title chase on 90 points with Brookes second on 56 and Easton third with 50.
"It is fantastic to come away from here leading the championship by 34 points as those were two tough races today," said Hill.
"In the second race Josh did a great job and I just couldn't get passed him, but I am happy for second as that is another two good finishes for me and the Worx Crescent Suzuki team.
"I wanted to leave as championship leader and that is what we have done so job's a dream and now I am looking forward to Oulton Park in two weeks' time."
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Thruxton Race Two result:
1. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda)
2. Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +0.391s
3. Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) +17.112s
4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +7.146s
5. Martin Jessopp (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +7.263s
6. Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +7.789s
7. Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +8.241s
8. John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +10.378s
9. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +12.218s
10. Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +12.240s
*Images by DJPhoto
**Additional reporting by Mic Archbold.