Oct 19, 2013
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MCE British Superbike Championship: Race One winner Josh Brookes.
MCE British Superbike Championship
Brands Hatch, England
October 19, 2013
Race One Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 18 laps, 29:29.316
2. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -0.968 second
3. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -5.709 seconds
4. Josh Waters, Australia (Kaw ZX-10R), -16.821
5. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), -22.890
6. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -24.345
7. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -27.731
8. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), -27.731
9. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -29.917
10. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -30.394
11. Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Kaw ZX-10R), -33.677
12. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -34.294
13. Freddy Foray, France (Hon CBR1000RR), -43.430
14. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), -44.681
15. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -45.004
16. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), -45.159
17. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199 Panigale), -49.635
18. Danny De Boer, Netherlands (Hon CBR1000RR), -57.243
19. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), -79.826
20. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), -86.914
21. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), -6 laps, DNF
22. Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -7 laps, DNF
23. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -10 laps, DNF
24. Karl Harris, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), -12 laps, DNF
25. David Linorter, Austria (BMW S1000RR), -17 laps, DNF
26. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), -18 laps, DNF
Other Americans competing at Brand Hatch include Tommy Aquino, Michael Corbino, James Rispoli and Jayson Uribe.
Aquino, riding his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R, qualified 14th out of 47 riders in 1000cc Superstock. Aquino did a best lap time of 1:29.206, and the pole position-winning time was 1:28.563 by Ashley Beech.
Rispoli, riding his Team Traction Control Suzuki GSX-R1000, qualified 31st out of 47 riders in 1000cc Superstock. Rispoli did a best lap time of 1:30.452, and the pole position-winning time was 1:28.563 by Ashley Beech.
Corbino, riding a spec Triumph Daytona 675R, finished 22nd out of 38 riders in Triumph Triple Challenge Race One.
Uribe, riding his Rock & Sons Racing Honda RS125, qualified 28th overall and 21st in the 125cc class in Monster Energy British Motostar. Uribe's best lap time was a 1:53.406, compared with Bradley Ray's pole position time of 1:42.939.
More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:
Final round 19-20 October Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit
BROOKES WINS BUT LOWES SNATCHES LEAD FROM BYRNE IN FINAL TITLE SCRAP
1: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki)
2: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.968s
3: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +5.709s
4: Josh Waters (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +16.821s
5: PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +22.890s
6: Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +24.345s
1: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 623
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 620
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 571
4: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 562
5: James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) 542
6: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 522
Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes mastered the changing conditions to claim his third race win of the season in the opening race at Brands Hatch, but the leading title contenders have switched places as Alex Lowes snatched second place from Shane Byrne in the race to now have a three point lead in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings.
Lowes' late burst of speed on the Samsung Honda not only gave him the crucial edge going into Sunday’s double race Showdown for the crown and also the psychological boost of taking pole start over the three times winner of the title Byrne.
Brookes had earlier celebrated his first pole start of the season and the Tyco Suzuki rider set a commanding pace to lead at one point by four seconds, but over the tense final laps his advantage was dramatically cut but by Lowes who reeled him in.
Lowes had ridden a hard race and charged through from sixth place on the opening lap to be running third to the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki of Byrne over the early laps, before making a decisive move into Surtees at three quarters distance. The Samsung Honda rider then put in his fastest laps of the race in his vain pursuit of Brookes.
Lowes said: “I was a bit concerned that I could not afford to crash but I came through to be running just behind Shane and then went past him and as the track began to dry my bike felt better. There were a few times when I had a couple of slides and didn’t want to lose everything but it’s good to go into the final day leading the championship and to have pole for race two. I will be giving everything to win. One thing is for sure; I will be crying or smiling tomorrow!”
Byrne was happy enough to have taken a safe haul of points. The defending champion said: “I made a pretty good start but Josh had gone at the front and there was no staying with him. I had a good pace and when Alex came past me I thought about getting him back, but then thought I can’t afford to give away these 16 points with a crash as that is not recoverable. Now there is all to fight for, and I just hope the races are in the dry.”
Josh Waters took his best result of the season with a fourth place for Halsall Kawasaki, ahead of PJ Jacobsen’s Tyco Suzuki and Tommy Bridewell whose sixth place was some consolation for the Milwaukee Yamaha team as their other rider James Ellison saw his title dreams ended when a visor problem forced him out of the race.
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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:
UPS AND DOWNS IN OPENING BRANDS HATCH RACE FOR MILWAUKEE YAMAHA
The Milwaukee Yamaha team are preparing to fight back in the final two races of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch tomorrow (Sunday) following a challenging opening race with James Ellison forced to retire and Tommy Bridewell missing out on a podium finish despite a hard fought ride.
Bridewell and Ellison had started fourteenth and sixteenth on the grid respectively and both were determined to make amends in the opening race. The pair had both started to carve their way through the order but Ellison was soon suffering with his visor misting up and despite persevering for several laps he was later forced to retire. Bridewell continued to fly the flag for the Milwaukee Yamaha team and he had worked his way through to sixth at the chequered flag. Bridewell and Ellison will start tomorrow’s second race from eighth and sixteenth on the grid respectively.
Ellison said: “I am so disappointed with the outcome today and I feel gutted for the team. Qualifying wasn’t the best for us and then in the race I felt we could move up the order. I got a really good start and then I don’t know whether I got water inside it with the spray we had to start with, but my visor just misted up and my vision got increasingly worse. I couldn’t see the apex or my braking markers and then it became a case of dropping steady backwards. I had a few moments and I was trying to carry on but once I had dropped out of the points I decided to come in because I wasn’t going to move up the order and I just risked crashing. We obviously need to look at getting the problem sorted and I know we have to start from the sixth row tomorrow but I want to turn the frustration of today into results now in the final two races.”
Bridewell said: “Today has been a mix really. We didn’t have a great setting this morning and so we decided to make some drastic changes for the race which could have gone either way but when it came to the race I was much happier and felt more comfortable. I lost about seven seconds at the start as the lead group obviously got away and I tried to move myself forward, but I worked hard and I managed to go from fourteenth to sixth so I am pretty happy with that really. I am obviously disappointed that we couldn’t be on the podium today but we have another two races tomorrow to have another go at it.”
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More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki News Service:
Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes turned his first season Pole Position into a race victory at Brands Hatch in Kent today during the penultimate day of racing of the 2013 British Superbike Championship, as team-mate PJ Jacobsen finished fifth in the opening race of three this weekend.
Brookes, who led from start-to-finish on his GSX-R1000 Superbike to take his third win of the season, said: “It’s a bit of an anti-climax as not being part of the championship-hunt now is disappointing and I don’t take the same pleasure from a wet race win as I do with a dry one. But in saying that, it’s a good time of year to be winning for the sponsors and the team. We still have two more races to come tomorrow, but yeah it’s a good win for Tyco Suzuki.”
Jacobsen said: “It was a really good fifth place in the end after a bad start. Going into turn-one I just eased-up and a couple of people passed me, then I got held up and didn’t get away with Waters and that group. It’s another good top-five and we will try to improve tomorrow.”
Team Manager Philip Neill said: “We came here with the least amount of pressure in terms of the championship. We are here to give this weekend our all, but also to enjoy the experience and that’s exactly what we did today. It’s no secret that the package of the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Josh Brookes are seriously-competitive in damp conditions. Once again that proved to be the case, taking pole position, followed by a dominant start-to-finish race win.
“For PJ it was another example of the progression he continues to make in his rookie season on a Superbike. As a young rider who doesn’t carry significant experience with wet-weather riding, his fifth-place was a fine result and another positive indication of the strength of the GSX-R package.”
British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race 1:
1. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki)
2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.968s
3. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +5.709s
4. Josh Waters (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +16.821s
5. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +22.890s
6. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +24.345s
7. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +25.538s
8. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +27.731s
9. Lee Costello (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +29.917s
10. Michael Rutter (Bathams Honda) +30.394s
British Superbike Championship Standings (after Brands Hatch Race 1):
1. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 623
2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 620
3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 571
4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 562
5. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) 542
6. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 522