News 3 Aug 2015

Brookes seizes BSB points lead with Thruxton sweep

Another double win sets Aussie up for championship charge.

Source: BSB.

Source: BSB.

Josh Brookes continued his winning spree with a second successive double at the seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton to take a 12-point lead in the overall standings.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider had run under the Thruxton record to take his second pole start of the campaign and then hit the front in both races, breaking the nine-year-old lap record, to fully capitalise on the problems experienced by his arch-rival, the four-time champion Shane Byrne.

Brookes was characteristically cool, staying ahead in a dramatic opening race which was red flagged when Richard Cooper’s bike blew up at Church. James Ellison crashed out and sustained a broken wrist, whilst Christian Iddon also tumbled from the Bennetts Suzuki.

Brookes resumed command on the re-start, taking the victory from Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot and JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s James Westmoreland who enjoyed his first ever podium finish in MCE BSB.

Byrne had fought back from a sixth row start amid a qualifying beset by issues to his PBM Kawasaki salvaged a fourth place from Howie Mainwaring on the locally-based Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki and his teammate Luke Mossey. Billy McConnell (Smith’s Racing BMW) was eighth, while Josh Waters (Bennetts Suzuki) crossed the line 14th.

Brookes was fired up for a repeat performance in race two and again took charge at the start while behind him there was drama and incident. John Hopkins, whose first race had ended with a problem with his Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati, crashed out of second at the Club chicane and Jack Kennedy fell at Campbell.

Byrne and Mossey were scrapping for second place and they took the battle down to the wire, the defending champion had the marginal edge at the line as Mossey took his first ever MCE BSB podium finish, the tenth different rider to score a top three result this year.

Tommy Bridewell who had crashed heavily out of the first race in a tangle with Danny Buchan bounced back strongly to finish fourth on his Tyco BMW ahead of Linfoot and Michael Laverty. The Tyco BMW pairing now both inside the top six as the countdown continues to the Showdown. Waters improved to 10th second time out, McConnell crossing the line 15th.

Smith’s Racing BMW rider David Johnson was dramatically excluded from taking part in the Superstock 1000 race due to modified ECU found after qualifying, which was mistakenly not fully reverted to BSB trim following the Isle of Man TT races. In Superstock 600 Benjamin Currie was fifth.

2015 British Superbike Championship
Round seven – Thruxton

Superbike race one results:
1. Josh Brookes (AUS)
2. Dan Linfoot
3. James Westmoreland
4. Shane Byrne
5. Howie Mainwaring
6. Luke Mossey
7. Jack Kennedy
8. Billy McConnell (AUS)
9. Michael Laverty
10. Martin Jessopp
14. Josh Waters (AUS)

Superbike race two results:
1. Josh Brookes (AUS)
2. Shane Byrne
3. Luke Mossey
4. Tommy Bridewell
5. Dan Linfoot
6. Michael Laverty
7. Howie Mainwaring
8. Martin Jessopp
9. Lee Jackson
10. Josh Waters (AUS)
15. Billy McConnell (AUS)

Superbike championship standings:
1. Josh Brookes (AUS) 266
2. Shane Byrne 254
3. James Ellison 147
4. Stuart Easton 139
5. Michael Laverty 115
6. Tommy Bridewell 112
7. Jason O’Halloran 103
8. Dan Linfoot 93
9. Richard Cooper 76
10. Luke Mossey 70
12. Billy McConnell (AUS) 62
19. Broc Parkes (AUS) 38
21. Josh Waters (AUS) 21
30. Jed Metcher (AUS) 1

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