In race two Brookes was again fighting with the leading pack, however as Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW) crashed out in front of him he was forced to take evasive action. Brookes held the Milwaukee Yamaha across the grass and rejoined, but dropped drastically down the order. A strong run of consistent fast laps but Brookes back up into sixth position and holding fourth in the overall standings. Parkes was determined to make improvements for the second race, but he crashed out at Goddards.
[i]Race 1: 3rd / Race 2: 6th / Championship position: 4th[/i]
"We've been in and out of the pits all weekend and all through testing trying to fast track the learning of the bike - for me as a rider to learn the bike. I purposely didn't ride the first few laps too hard in race one, because there was a lot of testosterone going on! I was all the way back, and it wasn't an ideal situation - but I wanted to make sure I put a strong race together and not fade off at the end.
"I maintained my focus, kept looking at my own lap times and just keeping them steady. I picked away at a few other riders, and made it up through to third. We're obviously expecting the bike to improve as the year goes on, but to put it on the podium at the first round is testament to what Yamaha have done with a brand new model.
"After race one we considered making changes, but we decided to stick with the set-up – we had a bike that was working and I went about trying to ride smoothly. It felt better and I was able to go with the front guys, but then Kiyo crashed right in front of me. I had to brake hard and stand the bike up to avoid him. Once I was back on the track, among the other guys who were racing on, with dirty tyres, I took it easy into the chicane and then had a battle to come back.
"I was pleased because when I rejoined I was nine seconds down, but by the end of the race I was four and a half seconds down so I did a good job. I’m pleased with what we did, it was just the circumstances – Kiyo came and apologised to me as he does, and I am just glad that I didn’t hit him. Now we go onto Brands Hatch and will take it from there."
[i]Race 1: 16th / Race 2: DNF / Championship position: -[/i]
"I didn’t have the best of starts to the season. I had a problem in race one when I only had half the handle bar grip so I just had to ride and couldn’t do anything about it. I had better pace in the second race, but lost the front into Goddards. I ran a bit shallow into the last corner and just lost the front.
"It is just so disappointing not to get any points today. I have to try and make up for it next time out at Brands Hatch which in the past had been a good circuit for me. I hope to be strong there as things just didn’t work out here today."
[b]Mick Shanley - Team Manager[/b]
"Overall we have to be happy - we’ve done a massive amount of work to get to this position.The lads in the team and the riders have worked so hard this weekend. For Josh to finish on the podium in the first race was a bit like a fairytale. It was such a shame for him that he got caught up in Kiyo’s accident; it was no-ones fault and again he showed he had the pace to be running up front.
"Broc had a tough weekend, but he was on the pace in the second race only to crash at the last turn over the bumps. We have a lot of data to take back and work on and we will come back stronger at Brands Hatch."
[b]Results Race 1[/b]
1. James Ellison (GBR), Kawasaki - JG Speedfit Kawasaki, 31'05.460
2. Shane Byrne (GBR), Kawasaki - PBM Kawasaki, +0.131s
3. Josh Brookes (AUS), Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha, +9.112s
4. Dan Linfoot (GBR), Honda - Honda Racing, +9.170s
5. Peter Hickman (GBR), BMW - RAF Reserves BMW, +11.276s
6. Tommy Bridewell (GBR), BMW - Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing, +16.139s
7. Christian Iddon (GBR), Suzuki - Bennetts Suzuki, +17.281s
8. Chris Walker (GBR), Kawasaki - Be Wiser Kawasaki, +22.776s
9. Michael Laverty (GBR), BMW - Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing, +22.915s
10. Richard Cooper (GBR), Kawasaki - Anvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki,+23.456s
16. Broc Parkes (AUS), Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha, +28.299s
[b]Results Race 2[/b]
1. Shane Byrne (GBR), Kawasaki - PBM Kawasaki, 30'15.457
2. Dan Linfoot (GBR), Honda - Honda Racing, +0.589s
3. Stuart Easton (GBR), Kawasaki - PBM Kawasaki, +1.331s
4. Peter Hickman (GBR), BMW - RAF Reserves BMW, +3.343s
5. Christian Iddon (GBR), Suzuki - Bennetts Suzuki, +4.239s
6. Josh Brookes (AUS), Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha, +5.327s
7. Michael Laverty (GBR), BMW - Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing, +8.786s
8. Tommy Bridewell (GBR), BMW - Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing, +9.311s
9. Billy McConnell (AUS), BMW - Smiths Racing BMW, +10.931s
10. Chris Walker (GBR), Kawasaki - Be Wiser Kawasaki, +11.346s
DNF, Broc Parkes (AUS), Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha, - 2 laps
1. Shane Byrne, 45
2. Dan Linfoot, 33
3. James Ellison, 29
4. Josh Brookes, 26
5. Peter Hickman, 24
6. Stuart Easton, 21
7. Christian Iddon, 20
8. Tommy Bridewell, 18
9. Michael Laverty, 16
10. Chris Walker, 14
- Broc Parkes, 0
By Alex •