BSB- Oulton Park Sunday


Team Suzuki Press Office – Aug 12.

Josh Brookes took his first-ever British Superbike victory at the Oulton Park Triple-Header event for Tyco Suzuki, making it two wins from 11 podiums so far this season aboard the GSX-R1000 and guaranteeing his place in the end-of-season Top Six Showdown. 

The Australian also took second place in Sunday’s opening BSB race; his team-mate PJ Jacobsen was sixth in the opening encounter, with a mechanical problem forcing a retirement in race two for the American when another top six result was on the cards. Tyco Suzuki’s Taylor Mackenzie was eighth in the second British Supersport race aboard his GSX-R600. 

Josh Brookes: 

“One of the guys said to me ‘that race was all about heart’, but to be honest it took more heart for me to finish fourth in the opening race of the weekend yesterday, when we still hadn’t mastered our set-up. In the end we had the package sorted on the GSX-R1000 and when it works I can ride to my true potential as I showed today. It was a real battle but I wasn’t prepared to lose that one and we now go to Cadwell looking for more podium credits as the all-important Showdown edges closer.” 

PJ Jacobsen: 

“The first race was good, although I suffered from a little bit of a grip issue, but I was happy with sixth. In the second race I had far better grip and was ready to follow Bridewell through onto that front group. I’d just set the fastest first sector before we had to retire, but I’ve proved this weekend that I’m ready to tag onto those front guys. I’m ready now to hit that jump at Cadwell in two weeks’ time.” 

Taylor Mackenzie: 

“Yeah that was better today and I really enjoyed it, apart from Glenn Irwin running into the side of me late in the race, which snapped the end off my clutch lever. We have made progress and I’ve gone faster again at Oulton, so it’s a matter of getting geared-up for Cadwell Park now.” 

Philip Neill – Team Manager: 

“We always said that Josh is a racer. We did have a slow start to the weekend with a problem that was later traced to a fuel injector. It significantly hampered Josh and his crew from finding the perfect set-up at the start of the weekend. As usual his crew worked their magic and turned the bike around for race day and Josh excelled once again on his GSX-R1000 Superbike. He rode perhaps one of the best races of his BSB career today to capture his first win at Oulton Park. 
“For PJ it was the opposite story. He had a phenomenal start to the weekend and a disappointing end, but overall it confirmed the natural talent and ability we knew he possessed after his stand-in rides last year. He certainly proved he’s capable of running at the front. It’s just a shame we had a technical issue with his bike in the second race today, as it looked like he was coming home with another strong top-six result. 

“We are also happy with Taylor’s result in today’s Supersport race. The only thing keeping him out of that top six is his pace in the opening laps, but it will come and he’s applying himself exactly as I expected he would.” 

British Superbike Championship Race 2 result: 

1. Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) 
2. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.173s 
3. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +0.932s 
4. Tommy Bridewell (Kawasaki) +9.532s 
5. Jon Kirkham (BMW) +15.772s 
6. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +18.343s 
7. Dan Linfoot (Honda) +26.707s 
8. Keith Farmer (Kawasaki) +26.991s 
9. James Westmoreland (BMW) +27.380s 
10. Howie Mainwaring +31.556s 

British Superbike Championship Race 3 result: 

1. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 
2. Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) +0.246s 
3. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.836s 
4. James Ellison (Yamaha) +1.070s 
5. Tommy Bridewell (Kawasaki) +1.237s 
6. James Westmoreland (BMW) +18.465s 
7. Keith Farmer (Kawasaki) +18.555s 
8. Howie Mainwaring (WK Bikes) +19.142s 
9. Jon Kirkham (BMW) +19.937s 
10. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +20.694 


The Milwaukee Yamaha team ended the seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship narrowly missing out on another podium finish for James Ellison following his sensational victory in the opening race of the weekend at Oulton Park.

Ellison had won the first race of the triple-header event in style and was confident ahead of race two as he continues his bid to secure a Showdown position. Ellison had been in the leading group in the second race as he pushed up to second place but on the fourteenth lap a move by Alex Lowes pushed him wide at Island, causing him to run off the track and subsequently crashing out of a potential podium position.

In the final race of the weekend Ellison was determined to make amends for the disappointment of race two and he was once again in the leading group of riders in contention for the win. Ellison was fighting hard but was forced to finish in fourth, but still holds fourth position in the overall standings with four races remaining ahead of the Showdown.

Australian Josh Waters came close to the top ten in race two in eleventh place, but could only score one point for fifteenth place in race three.

Ellison said: “I am disappointed with the crash in race two, but feel I rode really strongly and I have to look at the positives in that. We had a win and a fourth place this weekend so we still kept fourth in the overall standings with two race weekends left before the Showdown. The team gave me a really good bike again this weekend and I enjoyed every session and lap of the race on the Milwaukee Yamaha. We proved again we can run at the front and am confident we will be in the title fight.”

Waters said: “It was another two tough races for us today and we tried to make some changes but although we felt like we made improvements, in the races I didn’t get great starts and that made it harder in the races. We will have to look at what we can do now ready for Cadwell Park.”

Team co-ordinator Mick Shanley concluded: “It has been an up and down weekend and again we have struggled to get a solid weekend under our belts. In the first race James rode superbly and it was a really deserved win but then we tried to keep the ball rolling today and an over ambitious move from Alex Lowes left him nowhere to go but off the track. He bounced back with a pretty good race three to finish fourth and again we showed we have the pace to run at the front but we still have a few things still to work on for the Showdown. With Josh we have tried some new settings this weekend but he is still struggling so we need to keep digging and see what we can do for Cadwell Park.”

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