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Apr 19, 2014

Brookes Fastest In British Superbike Practice Saturday At Brands Hatch (Updated)

Josh Brookes (3).

MCE British Superbike Championship

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit

Kent, England

April 19, 2014

Free Practice Two Results:

Superbike (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Josh Brookes, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), 45.506 seconds

2. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 45.677

3. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Duc 1199 Panigale), 45.768

4. Stuart Easton, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 45.802

5. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 45.851

6. James Ellison, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 46.026

7. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR, 46.099

8. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (BMW S1000RR), 46.330

9.  Simon Andrews, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 46.117

10. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), 46.120

11. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 46.121

12. John Hopkins, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 46.225

13. Patric Muff, Switzerland (BMW S1000RR), 46.236

14. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 46.262

15. Dan Linfoot, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 46.325

16. Richard Cooper, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 46.352

17. Michael Rutter, UK (BMW S1000RR), 46.359

18. Ben Wilson, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 46.453

19. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 46.483 

20. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 46.575


1. Luke Stapleford (Tri Daytona 675R), 46.610 seconds

2. Alistair Seeley (Yam YZF-R6), 46.660

3. Graeme Gowland (Tri Daytona 675R), 46.665

4. Luke Mossey (Tri Daytona 675R), 46.688

5. Billy McConnell (Tri Daytona 675R), 46.959

6. Luke Hedger (Kaw ZX-6R), 47.224

7. Glenn Irwin (Yam YZF-R6), 47.232

8. Jake Dixon (Yam YZF-R6), 47.339

9. Samuel Hornsey (Tri Daytona 675R), 47.349

10. Sam Coventry (Kaw ZX-6R), 47.376

16. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600), 47.795

Other Americans competing at Brands Hatch:

Jayson Uribe was fourth overall and second in class during Motul British Motostar Qualifying Session One Saturday. Uribe turned a best lap time of 51.017 seconds on his FPW Racing/R5R Honda. Joe Irving was the fastest rider in the class with a lap time of 50.585 seconds on his KTM.

Daniel Costilla was seventh overall and fifth in class during Motul British Motostar Qualifying Session One Saturday. Costilla's best lap time of 51.342 seconds on his Repli-Cast UK Honda.

Danny Eslick was second-fastest in Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship with Black Horse Group A Qualifying Session One with a lap time of 46.808 seconds on his ILR Kawasaki ZX-10R. If the two qualifying groups' time were combined, Eslick would be sixth-fastest overall. The fastest rider in the first round of qualifying was Danny Buchan, who did a lap time of 46.231 seconds on his Kawasaki ZX-10R.

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision Racing:

Round 1 Brands Hatch Indy Circuit 19-21 April


Free practice one:

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 45.576s
2: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.125s
3: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0.497s
4: Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +0.498s
5: Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.500s
6: Jakub Smrz (Millsport Ducati) +0.586s
7: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
8: James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +0.667s
9: James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +0.673s
10: Martin Jessopp (RidersRacing BMW) +0.678s

Free practice two:
1: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 45.506s
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.171s
3: Jakub Smrz (Millsport Ducati) +0.262s
4: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.296s
5: Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +0.345s
6: James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +0.520s
7: James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +0.593s
8: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0.599s
9: Simon Andrews (RAF Reserves Honda) +0.611s
10: Martin Jessopp (RidersRacing BMW) +0.614s


Australian Josh Brookes closed in on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit lap record as he headed off the challenges of local hero Shane “Shakey” Byrne in free practice for the Easter Monday opening round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The Aussie had made significant changes across the two sessions to his Milwaukee Yamaha and in the frantic afternoon session he was able to fire in a series of consistent laps, the best of which a 45.506s was just 0.0046s adrift of the lap record set in 2007 by Gregorio Lavilla.

Brookes said: “I’m really pleased with how the afternoon has gone and we have had some good benefits across the day. The changes we have made have been good value for money in terms of paying off. I’ve been able to do good lap times on longer runs on an old tyre and I feel good about that. They say that Shakey is the Master of Brands Hatch but I am ready to give him a run for his money now. We are ready for anything and today’s final laps nicely put a bow on the end of the sessions.”

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Byrne is firmly in the frame to add to his record haul of 51 race victories having been duelling for the top spot on the time sheets throughout the session with Brookes as just 0.171s separated them. However the pack are all in close contention with just 0.977s covering the top 19 riders at the end of the second session.

Czech Republic rider Jakub Smrz aboard the Millsport Ducati set the third best lap with a time, a split second up on Flying Scot Stuart Easton, who is back in the top flight on the back of winning last year’s Motorpoint British Supersport title.

Chris Walker, four times the series runner-up, set fifth best time on the Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki, just ahead of his team-mate James Ellison whilst James Westmoreland narrowly edged out Ryuichi Kiyonari as the Buildbase BMW pair held seventh and eighth respectively.

RAF Reserves Honda’s Simon Andrews set the ninth fastest time as five different manufacturers featured in the top ten ahead of Martin Jessopp on the RidersRacing BMW.

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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:


Milwaukee Yamaha are ready to attack the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship at the opening round at Brands Hatch this weekend after a strong start to the free practice sessions with Josh Brookes topping the times and Tommy Bridewell holding eleventh place.

Brookes proved that he has settled in with the Milwaukee Yamaha team and was straight on the pace at the Kent circuit, lapping under last year’s qualifying pole position lap and just 0.046 seconds adrift of the existing lap record. Bridewell continued his preparations for the opening races of the season on Easter Monday and although he was eleventh on the timesheets he was just 0.615s adrift of Brookes after encountering traffic on his fastest lap.

Brookes said: “From the first session this morning following yesterday we made more changes, but we weren’t seeing any benefit from them so we were having a bit of a see-saw going on where we seemed to put weight on one side and one side went up and then the opposite way around. This afternoon though we actually got value for money and the changes we finally arrived at meant we were quicker on track so it was a good positive finish and it was nice how it ended the afternoon as the changes we made then meant we finished with a bunch of consistent, fast laps which nicely put a bow on the end of the day. Now tomorrow we could have different conditions and I wouldn’t be that bothered because I know that we have a bike that I am happy with; we still have improvements to make but we are in a good position ready for the rest of the weekend.”

Bridewell said: “It’s been quite a good day and I am happy with how it all went. We’ve worked really hard on improving the bike instead of the tyre testing like some of them seem to have been doing and worrying about times. I feel good on the bike, we’ve been getting some real good feedback and we’ve got it where we want to be and I feel comfortable for the race and have a strong package. I was a bit disappointed in the last session when I got a bit held up and didn’t get a clean lap but with a little bit more work we should be ready for qualifying.”

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