Second row start for Brookes at Oulton Park

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Anvil Hire Yamaha’s Josh Brookes will start tomorrow first MCE British Superbike race in fourth place, and the head of the second row, after a positive qualifying session for the Bringelly man, with his team mate Shaun Winfield struggling with bike set up, forcing him to start 26th on the grid.

The first session saw Brookes comfortably make it into the second 12 minute dash, after posting a time that kept him in the top ten. Unfortunately for his team mate Shaun Winfield, who had been struggling with bike setup all weekend long, he missed out on Q2, qualifying for race one in 26th.

Q2 saw Brookes once again improve in time by over half a second from his Q1 time, sending him through in the final stage of qualifying in eighth.

‘Badboy’ led the pack of nine riders out on the track, and with rain dripping around the circuit, he posted a brave lap time of 1:34.943. Due to the weather, the rest of the field didn’t improve in time, meaning Brookes will start from the head of the second row.

The front row would have been better but for sure the second row is ok,” said Brookes after the session. “I think it’s ok considering we were struggling to do the lap times we need to be competitive in qualifying. It could have easily been worse, the rain played in our favour because there were a few other showing good lap times.

 “We got thrown a bone with the rain, so we’ll take it. We’ve now got to look and analyse the bike because it’s not good enough at the minute. The bike isn’t doing anything dramatically wrong when you watch it on TV and when I ride it, but it’s just not producing lap times that are competitive to win races in dry conditions.

 “As it looks it might be wet tomorrow anyway, but we have to focus on trying to improve the bike in the dry. We must take tomorrow as it comes, I just have to play it by ear, hopefully we can improve the bike and we’ll try it again in warm up. If it’s better it will put me in a good position, but we have to work through the steps as normal.