Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes has finally completed his seven-year task to win the MCE British Superbike championship, taking the brand new R1 to the championship win despite the best efforts of Shane Byrne.
An incredible start from Byrne left him battling with pole man Brookes, managing to hold off last year’s champion for the first three quarters of the race, until the Yamaha rider got through and managed to make his break.
Brookes has dominated the second half of the BSB season, taking an incredible twelve wins from the year so far, including, incredibly, remaining undefeated so far in the Showdown.
The win comes after seven years of trying since the Australian made his BSB debut back in 2009. First riding for Honda Racing, before switching to Tyco Suzuki and finally to the Milwaukee Yamaha, he’s been the bridesmaid more than once, finishing twice runner-up and once in third.
Brookes still has a chance to extend his winning streak, though, with another two races left to come tomorrow in the triple header weekend – and with the pressure now off, Brookes is adamant that his plan for the remainder of the season is to continue as he’s been – in winning form.