Testing times at Cadwell Park for Anvil Hire Yamaha

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It was a tough weekend in the Lincolnshire wolds for the Anvil Hire Yamaha duo of Josh Brookes and Shaun Winfield, who battled machine set up all weekend long, with Brookes walking away with a 12th and seventh place finish in Sunday’s races with team mate Shaun Winfield leaving with two top 20 finishes, finishing race two with a personal best lap time, taking the flag in 17th
The free practice sessions saw the team work hard to give both Josh and Shaun the best setup, with the duo still chipping away ahead of Saturday afternoon’s qualifying.Qualifying saw both riders struggle once again with overall bike setup, but Brookesand Winfield threw caution to the wind and led the pack up the hill to ‘Coppice’ corner on Saturday afternoon.

Brookes soon posted a time that was good enough to get him through into Q2, but he was still struggling with his machine around the 2.18-mile track. Shaun just missed out after equalling his fastest lap of the weekend, meaning he would line up in 22nd for race one.

Q2 saw ‘Badboy’ improve in time again, posting a 1:26.858, however he was bumped out of the final stage in the dying moments, leaving him in tenth place for Sunday’s first race.

From the off in race one on Sunday Brookes made a solid start and held his grid position of tenth after the opening set of laps, and soon found himself in a battle with four riders chasing him down. The Bringelly man dropped down to 14th place, but soon re-grouped and battled hard, swapping places for the remainder of the race.

He soon made his way past Andy Reid and began to chase down Glenn Irwin in eleventh, pushing hard and fighting the bike, he just couldn’t get the better of the Northern Irish man, and crossed the line in 12th place.

Winfield equally made a great start and ran within the top 20, quickly posting his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:29.714, as he battled with James Westmoreland for 19th.

He fought hard all race long, but after a slight mistake mid race the 24-year-old lost the tow to the group ahead and rode a lonely race home to the flag in 20th.

The second outing would see Josh start from eleventh on the grid, with Shaun in 21st, by virtue of their lap times set in race one.

As the lights went out for race two, Josh made a good start and held his grid position of eleventh after the opening few laps, and soon became embroiled in a battle with Michael Laverty.

Brookes toiled away all race, and with three laps to go he made his move and he made it stick, crossing the line in seventh place, after three of the main protagonists within the ‘Showdown’ failed to finish.

Munch’ also made a great start and after the opening lap battled with Westmoreland, Smrz, MacKenzie and Zanotti for the points. Mid race Winfield started to battle with Zanotti for 17th place, and improved once again on his fastest lap, notching up a 1:29.2, half a second quicker than race one.

The Derbyshire man held off Zanotti right to the line, in a hard-fought battle, taking the flag in 17th, just outside of the points.

Following the weekend, a disappointed and disheartened Josh Brookes said: “We’ve had definitely no luck this weekend! We started out a little bit late on Fridaymorning, and it was a little bit of a rush to get out on the track.

“It feels like we’ve started off on the wrong foot. The first practice wasn’t that good and then the afternoon practice looked like an improvement, but it was false impressions because all weekend we’ve been slightly off the pace and both races were extremely difficult for me.

“If I knew exactly what the problem with the bike was, we would have fixed it. We went through all the different setting changes we could imagine, and I didn’t find the result that we were looking for. If you’re not getting the result you want, of course you’re not happy.

Team mate Shaun Winfield added: “It’s been a struggle of a weekend. The pace hasn’t been where we wanted it to be and no matter what we tried we just couldn’t seem to improve on our lap times. I just dug in a bit more and gritted my teeth in the second race. I got away with the guys who should have been with all weekend really.

“I put in a personal best lap time and we’re moving forward, so all in all it’s been a bit of a tough weekend but it came out good in the end.

Finally, Team Owner Rob Winfield summerised: “Luckily, we’re still in the showdown. It was touch and go all weekend.

“We’ve struggled with the set up and with which direction to go. We tried everything, and we couldn’t get the bikes working as we needed them to. We made some radical changes for the race, and it was better in race two for both Josh and Shaun.

“We’ve come away with some points. Shaun went quicker than he ever has round here, which is good, and Lady Luck was certainly on our side in race two.

“We’re glad to get away from this meeting, and concentrate on Silverstone now. It’s the big one, we’ve got three races, it’s a circuit Josh likes, and the big flowing track suits the package we’ve got. So, we’ll just need to make sure that everything is 110%.”

Brookes now sits in fifth place of the MCE British Superbike Championship Standings on 167 points, with three more races to go to cement his position within the ‘Showdown.’

The team now have a three-week break before they head to Northampton, and Silverstone for the ninth round of the Championship, and the triple headed showdown decider.