BSB Brands Hatch: Brookes Opens Account To Close On Byrne

Josh Brookes finally took his first victory of the 2013 British Superbike Championship on a hot day’s racing at Brands Hatch on Sunday. The Australian took advantage of a crash for series leader Shane Byrne to win race one before ‘Shakey’ struck back in the second but Brookes now trails by 22 points in the title chase with Alex Lowes one point nearer to Byrne.

Byrne’s crash in race one came as he attempted to prise the lead from Brookes at Hawthorns with the Tyco Suzuki rider holding off Alex Lowes in the closing stages. Despite a slightly disappointing fourth later in the day, Josh was delighted with his day given the near-misses earlier in the season.

“Winning the first race felt really good; that goes without saying, although I do feel I’ve been riding as hard as the guys who have been winning all season. I try hard in every race, but more than anything I’m really proud of the team. At each round we keep making progress and I’ve also been trying to improve my riding. I was struggling for grip at the end of the race and had some big slides but we held on for the win. In the second race we never changed a thing on the bike, but I just had no grip; so what can I say.”

There would be no denying Byrne in race two although James Ellison, winner here on the opening day, and Lowes did run him close. The home favourite held on though and dedicated the victory to his team who were forced into action by his race one tumble.

“I feel much better now than what I did after the first race, that’s for sure. I had a plan for the first race and it was all coming to fruition but no sooner had I got the lead from Josh Brookes than I was down. The team worked really hard in between races to get the bike ready and to bounce back with a win is brilliant. I made a good start and realised the importance of the win so a big thanks to the team, that victory’s for them.”

The top three remain clear at the top of the championship standings and look set to confirm their showdown places at the Oulton Park triple header in two weeks’ time. The other three spots are still up for grabs although Ellison’s fine second has given him a twenty point buffer while Ryuichi Kiyonari is ten points inside the cut-off point after a third podium in five races.

The last place is currently straight fight between Buildbase BMW’s Jon Kirkham and James Westmoreland but the two are now level on points after Westmoreland’s stronger weekend. Kirkham’s best result of the day was sixth in the opener but given his horrendous qualifying, that will be seen as a major save.


2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship
Riders’ Championship Standings After Round 6: Brands Hatch GP
Pos Rider Bike Team Wins Pts
1  Shane Byrne Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 8 232
2  Alex Lowes Honda Samsung Honda 2 211
3  Josh Brookes Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 1 210
4  James Ellison Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 1 120
5  Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda Samsung Honda   110
6  Jon Kirkham BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   100
7  James Westmoreland BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 100
8  Chris Walker Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 75
9  PJ Jacobsen Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 71
10  Keith Farmer Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 64
11  Peter Hickman Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 53
12  Tommy Bridewell Honda Bathams Honda 42
13  Dan Linfoot Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 40
14  Josh Waters Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 39
15  Jakub Smrz Honda Padgetts Honda 36
16  Howie Mainwaring Kawasaki MH Kawasaki 36
17  Michael Rutter Honda Bathams Honda 34
18  Matteo Baiocco Ducati Rapido Sport Racing 26
19  Robbin Harms Honda Doodson Motorsport Honda 22
20  Karl Harris Kawasaki PR Racing Kawasaki 19
21  Tristan Palmer Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 13
22  Martin Jessopp BMW Riders Motorcycles 10
23  Lee Costello Kawasaki Halsall Racing Kawasaki 8
24  Danny Buchan Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 5
25  Aaron Zanotti Suzuki Aaron Zanotti Racing 2
26  Michael Howarth Kawasaki MH Kawasaki 1
27  Jenny Tinmouth Honda Two Wheel Racing 1
Next Round: Oulton Park (August 11th)