BSB: Brookes keen to get to the bottom of front end crashes

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Josh Brookes has said he’s keen to get to the bottom of the front-end crashes that have caused him difficulty in recent MCE British Superbike rounds at Cadwell Park this weekend.

The Aussie is renowned as the King of the Mountain for how he approaches the Lincolnshire circuit’s tricky jump section, but also took a double victory there last time he raced.

However, after crashing out of two podium positions late in races with front end wash-outs recently, he’s determined to get to the bottom of the cause.  

“Cadwell is a good circuit for me, I get a lot of good coverage for how high I jump the mountain, which always throws up excitement in the build-up to the event,” Brookes said. “But this weekend it’s business as usual for me, I’ve got to go out there and get the results we need, which is what I’m focussing on.

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“The track is no different to any other, the jump is what everyone focusses on but the rest of the circuit is typically British, narrow and tight with chicanes, however the jump is certainly unique. It’s the same for everyone, but we’ll be focussing hard on getting the bike setup so I can push from the off.

“There’s no point in looking at what everyone else is doing, it’s not going to change what I do. My main focus is to continue to improve the bike and focus on getting the bike setup for Cadwell Park.

“There are a few small issues we have to iron out with the bike, we’ve had a few front-end crashes, which are uncharacteristic so we need to get to the bottom of why that is. The results at Thruxton are independent of the Championship, we can’t use it as an example of the bike or my performance as there were variables throughout that weekend as there is each year. But this weekend we need to focus on our own progress, as everyone else will be.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing