BSB: Brookes frustrated to miss out on perfect lap

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Josh Brookes has said he felt he didn’t quite get the perfect lap in this afternoon’s qualifying session as he was forced to settle for third place on the grid for tomorrow’s opening race.

The Aussie was two tenths off poleman Jake Dixon’s time after he felt a number of mistakes compromised his fastest lap in the eight-minute shootout for pole.

Nevertheless, the front row start puts Brookes in a strong position for tomorrow’s race with the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha star quick throughout the weekend so far as he launches his bid to clinch a second British title.

“Qualifying was frustrating for us at Silverstone so it’s better to be on the front row this weekend,” he said. “I’ve carried a bit of confidence from every session and been quite competitive this weekend.

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“I’m a bit frustrated with myself as you’re meant to push the limit in that final session. I’d done a 1’34.1 in the earlier session so thought I was in a position to put a strong lap together. I did lap after lap and kept getting 1’34.1, 1’34.2, it was frustrating and I kept making mistakes.

“I messed up turn one on my fastest lap so I knew I had to rag the hell out of the rest of the lap so it was quite frustrating. It’s my own fault, the bike was capable of going a little bit better today but I didn’t get the perfect lap like we should have. That being said, front row is enough!”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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