'Reckless' Brookes banned for two BSB rounds

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HM Plant Honda rider Josh Brookes has been handed a two event (four race) ban after causing a massive pile-up at the Mallory Park Hairpin in Sunday's first BSB race.

Brookes lost control of his bike on the brakes and skittled race leader Simon Andrews to trigger a seven-bike pile up which brought out the red flag.

No riders were injured but Brookes was found guilty of reckless riding and riding in a manner not compatible with general safety.

The ban means Brookes will miss the Brands Hatch and Cadwell BSB rounds but he has also has to serve a further one event ban, suspended for two events (Croft and Silverstone).

This is the second time this year the Aussie BSB rookie has suffered a judicial penalty for reckless riding.

He was served a ban, suspended for three events, after crashing into Sylvain Guintoli on the sighting lap of the first race at Donington Park.

Guintoli suffered a broken leg and has not raced since.

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Phil Wain

By Phil Wain