Ahead of Sunday’s two races, good money would have been on Josh Brookes to take the title lead this weekend after the Aussie showed strong pace throughout practice and qualifying.
Only title rival Jake Dixon seemed to be able to match Brookes’ pace in the dry, but when the rain came on Sunday the Anvil Hire Yamaha ace was unable to fight at the front, only salvaging a rostrum when Dan Linfoot blew up from the lead.
Even more surprising was that he’d then struggle in the dry race too, crossing the line to take a frustrating fifth place. However, his results were enough to elevate him to second in the series standings.
“The bike has been strong all weekend and today when the weather turned, for whatever reason, we’re not exactly sure why, the bike didn’t perform,” Brookes said. “I did the best I could in the circumstances we had. The second race was dry but the bike didn’t perform as it did earlier in the weekend either.
“We’re now 22 points behind and that’s a lot to try and make up. I need to win races at Assen, that’s all there is to it. If we’re going to win the championship this year the bike has to be right and I have to ride it perfectly every time out. That’s what we’ve got to focus on trying to achieve. You try and achieve that every weekend, but that's clearly what needs to happen for us to have a chance.”
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