Brookes doubles up at Thruxton

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Josh Brookes has extended his lead in the MCE British Superbike championship by backing up his opening race victory at Thruxton by taking the win in the second race of the day.

The Australian took the win from a resurgent Shane Byrne, making amends for a disastrous weekend up to that point for the reigning champion.

"We have always had confidence and believe that we can do it but you have to actually do it and we have done this weekend. After Brands Hatch everyone was definitely carrying some confidence and a good mood in the team and that spilled onto this weekend.

“It has been a good circuit for me, I had my first race win here in 2010 and I have had a double last year, so it has just been a good circuit for me in general. To come from a double win at Brands Hatch and have another double here is what we were searching for but to finally achieve it means we can shout about it and I am really pleased.”

However, Byrne didn’t have it all his own way, battling with rookie Luke Mossey for the closing stages of the race, as the Cambridgeshire rider made it onto his debut BSB podium.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer