Lack of grip and mechanical failure result in damaging fifth round.
It was a luckless weekend for Josh Brookes at Knockhill’s fifth round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB), marking a damaging campaign for the Australian.
The McAms Yamaha rider had a promising start to the round after qualifying in second, however he couldn’t replicate the same pace during race one, which was marred by a lack of grip and ultimately resulted in an eighth place finish.
The former champion returned for race two, although his difficulties only intensified when a mechanical failure ruled him out of the 30-lap stint after holding down sixth halfway through.
“We’ve definitely had no luck this weekend after showing such great pace in qualifying,” Brookes reflected. “I had no grip in race one and thought it was a quirk of the tyre but race two was only a little bit better and then we had a technical, so game over. We need to put this behind us and go on to the Brands Hatch GP circuit, which I love riding.”
Brookes is now positioned seventh in the championship standings as the series heads to Brands Hatch on 20-22 July for round six of the series.