Josh Brookes is encouraged by the consistency being showed by himself and the Tyco Suzuki team after he took the championship lead with back-to-back podium finishes at Snetterton on Sunday. The Australian was third in both races and with Tommy Hill retiring in the second, he now has a one point advantage and although he is more concerned with securing a place in the showdown, Brookes admits the series lead has boosted morale.
“The team did a great job this weekend and even though we had a few set-up issues to work around to get the best of the rear Pirelli in the hot conditions, if third is our worst result on days like this I’ll be very happy. It’s more podium credits, which at this stage is nearly more important until we reach the cut-off point, but it’s nice for our sponsors to see themselves at the top of the Championship table and proves the overall package of the new GSX-R1000 is working really well.”
After his exploits at the North West 200, Alastair Seeley was brought back down to earth with a bump and failed to score a single point on Sunday. The Ulsterman ran out of luck in the opener after being caught up in Jon Kirkham's accident and ran out of grip in the second race, dropping him to sixteenth.
“I got punted off in the first race and started to pick a few off but struggled a bit with a gear selection problem in the closing laps. In the second race I found a good rhythm and again started to make up places, but was having grip issues front and rear and dropped back out of the points. It’s been a busy couple of weeks with the North West 200 and now Snetterton so I’m off on holiday to recharge the batteries for Knockhill”, he admitted.
Team Manger Philip Neill has backed Seeley to respond in four weeks time at Knockhill and is delighted that Brookes will make the journey north as championship leader.
“As much as podium credits are the most important thing to be racking up at this stage, it is still very nice for Suzuki, our title sponsor Tyco, and all our associated partners to be leading the Championship. Josh and his team did a great job today and their consistency and belief in each other has brought them reward at almost every round so far this year. Josh has really bedded in well this season and is a more mature and settled looking rider. Alastair’s side of the garage should also be given credit, for first of all getting him a bike to ride after the crash on Friday. Unfortunately for Alastair his confidence took a bit of a knock, which is only to be expected, and a little bad luck and a few set-up issues hampered his chances this weekend. I’m confident he’ll come back strong at Knockhill.”