News 7 May 2019

Brookes rebounds with double-victory at Oulton Park BSB

Australian contender back in title contention with commanding performance.

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Following a pair of DNFs at the season opener, Australian Josh Brookes has rebounded with two race victories at Oulton Park’s second round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB).

It proved to be a perfect weekend for the former champion, who also blitzed his way to pole position, setting him up for the duo of race wins to come.

The Be Wiser Ducati contender has promoted himself to fifth in the championship standings, and despite two non-finishes at Silverstone, he remains in title contention, sitting just 14 points shy of leaders Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) and Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati).

“It has been a really great weekend and the result that the Be Wiser Ducati team deserved and we can move on from Silverstone,” Brookes commented. “Race one was a really positive start, and then before race two I knew Tommy was going to be a big threat.

“But I was also a bit worried about Danny because I knew he’d come through the pack quite strong in race one, and in that race he was starting a lot further up the grid so I was thinking it could be the three of us battling out at front. I just wanted to try and stay clear of any trouble, and I knew Tommy was right behind me in both races.

“I just put as many fast laps together as I could, the race pace was a lot quicker in race two than race one, so I just looked at my board and I kept seeing plus zero.

“I knew that one of us was going to have to break but finally I was able to get a little buffer and then it kind-of crept out so it made the end of the race a bit easier for me, but this was a perfect weekend.”

Compatriot Jason O’Halloran (McAms Yamaha) was also able to rebound from a disastrous opening round, recording a 4-7 scorecard, while fellow Australian Ben Currie (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) was forced out of the weekend with a leg injury sustained in FP1.

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