BSB: Brookes: 'I can't control anything but myself'

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Josh Brookes has said the only thing he can control ahead of the penultimate round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship at Assen this weekend is himself, as he looks to close in on Leon Haslam’s title lead.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider stretched out a gap of 22 points last time out at Oulton, but with five races remaining including this weekend’s two, it’s all still to play for.

Brookes displayed frightful pace in practice at Oulton but was unable to turn that into similar race results, but the Aussie has a strong record at Assen and will be hoping to get back on track this weekend.  

“How I felt about the Championship at round one is the same now,” he said. “I want to win it, I want to do the best job I can and I hope the team can work perfectly together and make the results that we need, so we can at least feel satisfied that we gave it our best. 


“At the last round, I felt I gave it all I could, but the results didn’t reflect what we were all capable of. But looking forward, if we do everything the best we can, and I’m riding as good as I can, then we should be winning races.

“I like Assen, it’s special for the British Championship because we get to go overseas and although many British fans head over, you also get a lot of Dutch fans and they are passionate for their motorsport, and the people there create a good atmosphere for racing.
“I can’t control the points gap to me and Leon, I can only control what I do. Of course, I want to make a great weekend, if I’m winning races that will make it special and memorable. The focus for me is to try and conduct myself the best way I can, ride every session as strong as I can to give the team the best feedback so we can improve the bike if it needs it.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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