News 24 May 2023

Race two podium success for Brookes at BSB Donington Park

Australian leaves round three third in the 2023 championship standings.

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Standing on the podium throughout each of the 2023 British Superbike Championship rounds contested so far, FHO Racing BMW Motarrad’s Josh Brookes returned to the rostrum at Donington Park with a P3 finish in race two.

Following Saturday’s sprint race where Brookes finished P6, the Australian charged through the field from P8 to complete the podium in the 20-lap race two.

“We made good progress in this morning’s warm up, so I had high hopes for the first race of the day,” Brookes said. “I got a decent start but found myself mixed up with other people’s rhythm, I lost a few places and the race wasn’t developing how I thought it would.

“I then found my rhythm and got the feeling with the bike and started to make some passes and started to move forward, but by that point the race had really spread out. We then had the safety car which bunched everyone up. Once the race got going again, I was trying to be a part of the action as much as possible, it was a great race and I was buzzing to be back on the podium.

“The last race however has finished the day on a bit of a downer, I had some brake issues, and when I tried to brake with lean angle it was vibrating and accelerated the chances of losing the front. We’ve got to put this weekend behind us a little, take the points and the podium as a positive but move forward to the next round at Knockhill and put things right there.”

Brookes concluded the third round with a 13th-place finish in race three, and is third in the 2023 BSB standings, five points from Tommy Bridewell (BeerMonster Ducati) ahead of the upcoming races at Knockhill on 16-18 June.

In the Supersport category, Australians Tom Toparis (Macadam Racing) and Ben Currie (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) stood on the rostrum. Toparis finished second in the sprint race and Currie was P2 in the feature race, the pair now fifth and third respectively in the championship standings.