News 6 Aug 2018

Gearing change results in Thruxton BSB victory for Brookes

McAms Yamaha rider promoted to third in the standings.

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Australian British Superbike Championship (BSB) contender Josh Brookes has highlighted a change in gearing as the key to capturing victory in race two at Thruxton’s seventh round on Sunday.

Brookes says he ran out of top speed in the opening 20-lap affair, which ultimately saw him collect fourth in a thrilling multi-rider battle for the top spot.

He returned for the second outing with the changes in place, allowing him to fend off Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) and eventually take a rewarding 0.305s victory.

“It all went to plan in race two,” Brooked declared. “I was even cautious about doing a burn out after the last time here! It has actually been a difficult weekend for us – we often expect to go good here and we played our cards a bit wrong in race one – I was running out of top speed and the bike was on the limiter and people were overtaking me into the Chicane all the time so I broke up my race.

“In the second race we changed the gearing and I had to manage it better in the corners but the combined package was a better compromise. I am thrilled that McAms Yamaha can celebrate another victory and it is so important. I am desperate to claw the points back on Leon and that is what we need to keep doing now week in, week out.”

The McAms Yamaha rider is currently positioned third in the championship standings as the series heads to Cadwell Park on 17-19 August.