Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes consolidated his second place in the British Superbike Championship standings with two third placed podiums and a fourth at the triple header at Oulton Park over the Bank Holiday weekend for Tyco Suzuki.In Sunday's re-scheduled 16 lap race from Brands Hatch, Brookes looked comfortable at the head of proceedings before the safety car was deployed, followed by a red flag situation. In the re-started race, run over just eight laps, the Australian eventually settled for third.
Monday's opener was a war of attrition with a wet tyre set-up making it very tricky in the closing stages on a drying track. Brookes rode a calculated race and his fourth consecutive podium of the season in third place helped him to the top of the British Superbike standings.
He couldn't quite make it a full house of podiums from the weekend in Monday's second race, but fourth place keeps him well in the hunt in the Championship and helped him notch up some valuable podium credits.
Alastair Seeley recovered from a high-speed crash at Cascades during qualifying to run at the front in the opening race on Sunday, eventually finishing sixth. In Monday's two races he took 15 points for his efforts in sixth and 11th position.
"I'm happy with the podiums this weekend but obviously a little disappointed not to get my first win at Oulton. It was a tough weekend with changeable weather conditions and we've come away with solid points; that's always a bonus. We led the Championship briefly after race two but we're still within striking distance. We're in the right place and if I can keep racking up podiums and credits then I'll be a in a good position come the cut off."
"It was good to be back up at the sharp end in that first race, especially after the crash in qualifying. We're finding our feet again with the Superbike and scored enough points to get ourselves into that all-important top six. I think we maybe could have scored some more points in that last race, but overall a decent enough weekend."
Philip Neill - Team Manager:
"To be honest that was a pretty tough weekend with mixed weather, cold temperatures and a three-race schedule keeping everyone on their toes. After being right on the pace all weekend we probably were hoping for a little more; however for one reason or another we didn't quite have a winning package this weekend although the new GSX-R1000 still performed extremely well and we can be very satisfied with what was a solid weekend for Josh.
"Alastair also showed a return to form setting him up nicely for our next event, the North West 200. I think it's clear already that this is going to be a very close season with multiple race winners and with that in mind, consistency will certainly be key. With five podium finishes from six race starts, our guys can justifiably feel proud at this point of the year. Although it is very early days, we currently have both inside the all important tip six, so that's another positive."Thanks to Suzuki, Tyco and all our sponsors for their support. On a sad note, one of our close racing partners suffered the loss of a family member in the days leading up to Oulton. All at Tyco Suzuki would like to offer our condolences to Chris Taylor and his family circle on the sad loss of his son Aaron."
Race one result:
1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 2. Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) +1.525s 3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.685s 4. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) +4.320s 5. Tommy Bridewell (Swan Yamaha) +4.460s 6. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +6.340s 7. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +6.879s 8. Michael Rutter (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +9.223s 9. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +9.252s 10. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +9.661s
Race two result:
1. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) 2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.790s 3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +4.212s 4. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +14.865s 5. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +17.512s 6. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) +18.071s 7. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +19.356s 8. Patric Muff (Supersonic BMW) +29.967s 9. Dan Linfoot (Buildbase BMW) +33.367s 10. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +34.810s
Race three result:
1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 2. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +2.612s 3. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +5.481s 4. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +6.093s 5. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +10.464s 6. Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) +13.209s 7. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +13.637s 8. Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) +13.865s 9. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +18.276s 10. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +18.514s
BSB Championship Standings:
1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 98 2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 92 3. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 88 4. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 58 5. Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) 52 6. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) 49