BSB: Brookes not disheartened by results

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Josh Brookes has said he isn’t disheartened after missing out on the podium at Oulton Park last weekend as he knows both he and the bike can do better.

The 2015 British Champion is struggling with the rear spinning up as he gets on the gas, but believes he and the Anvil Hire Yamaha team aren’t too far away from finding a setting that will enable them to challenge the front runners.

While his seventh and sixth place finishes are nothing to shout about, he still sits fourth in the series standings to remain in with a shout of a showdown position.

“I know with the bike on these tracks I can go quicker, I’ve done that before, so I know not to be disheartened that the bike isn’t good enough, but we’ve just got to be patient now and wait for the settings to come,” Brookes explains.”


“We’re not a long way from where the pace setters are, it’s a small distance but it’s difficult to find that speed. I’ve just got to not be too disheartened by the results, just stay out of trouble, not crash, just keep chipping away at the points. Then just be patient for the bike to improve. 

“I’m missing a bit of time on the exit of the turns, as soon as I tap the throttle I’m losing the grip. The bike enters the corners brilliantly, and it holds the line great but as soon as I open the throttle, the back just spins. That’s for the team to work on. 

“I’m still pleased to be in the running for the showdown, of course, that goes without saying, it’s important, that’s what we’re all here for but obviously the focus at this point isn’t to continue coming fourth, fifth and sixth, the idea is to start winning

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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