Totally agree with Plater...
Brookes screwed up but it was a racing incendent. The problem is that Brookes was in a high profile incident with the very popular Guintoli and secondly in this crash he stopped three of the most popular and deserving riders out there from getting on the podium. Next we have Eurosport shoving the mic under the noses of the managers at a time when they were calling for Brookes' head and now MCN are stirring things up! In all instances emotions took over from really looking at the facts.
I bet there would hardly be a complaint if Brookes had taken out Camier - because, provided no one was hurt, it would be good for the Championship! Yes Colin Wright would have had a justified winge but that would be it. Move on - racing incident!
Next - dispite Brookes being a vastly experienced and proven rider at world level, he has still never been to Mallory which is a joke of a circuit at this level. OK he's done practice there but it's no substitute for the intimate knowledge the regulars have. He arrived at that corner slightly further to the right than he had the previous laps resulting in him hitting the dip which meant the weight transfered to the front and then the back end tried to catch up with the front. Brookes had to let off the brakes. It was bad luck that the other guys went down on fluid from his bike. I've spoken to people who know him well and they say he's very serious and dedicated and I can imagine that this witch hunt is doing to him.
Also, has anyone bothered to ask questions about the brakes on the HM Plant Hondas? I believe Glen Richards is very lucky to have "only" snapped his femur after the brakes went on his Blade at Knockhill. I think this is the reason Brookes claims he crashed into Guintoli.
Next - the law is an ass! There would have been a lot less fuss under the old red flag rules. Count back to the last completed lap and exclude Brookes. The result would have been Andrews, Hill, Walker (I think) and everyone would have been happy! Just can't see why it was changed.
Finally, I can't believe anyone can honestly question Plater's integrity and motives for speaking out. The guy is a gent, I've had the privilage of speaking to him briefly in the past and can only say that he appears to have time for everyone, always has a smile no matter the hardship, is not up himself and is a great ambassador for the sport.
I look forward to seeing Brookes back on circuit asap as he really looked like he was making the interesting in the second half of the season.