Anvil Hire Yamaha striving to secure Showdown spot at Silverstone
This weekend Silverstone plays host to the ninth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship, with three races and 75 points to play for, Josh Brookes has his sights set on securing his ‘showdown’ place, with team mate Shaun Winfield aiming to pick up further points at the home of British motorsport
After eight rounds of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship the drama continues this weekend, where six men will enter the vital ‘showdown’ to be able to battle it out to become the 2017 Champion.
Josh Brookes currently sits in fifth place of the Championship standings, but isn’t looking over his shoulder at the chasing pack, he’s focussing ahead, with the chance of three race wins at the Northamptonshire based venue, he can secure his place this weekend in the Championship fight at one his most successful circuits.
‘Badboy’ has stood on the podium nine times at the home of British motorsport, including six rostrums and three wins, picking up the double victory in 2015, and the former Champ is determined to repeat his previous success and cement his spot in this year’s fight for the title.
On the opposite side of the garage, Shaun Winfield is eager to return to action after three weeks off track, and is fully focused on picking up further points. The 24-year-old is familiar with the 3.6-mile circuit, and has plenty of laps under his belt there due to being an instructor with Silverstone on their track days.
‘Munch’ has one thing on his mind this weekend, points, so he can improve his own Championship position, and if the chance arrives he’ll be helping out his team mate at every given moment.
Ahead of the weekend, a focused Josh Brookes said: “Silverstone is a good circuit, I look forward to going there. It’s no different to any other round at this stage, it’s business as usual, and not in a secure manner. Nobody is completely secure, but being fifth in the championship it is just job as usual for me. I just have to go and get the results and head towards the championship decider.
“I don’t feel like there is any pressure put on me, I only put pressure on myself. The only pressure in our team should be in the tyres! The job has always been to win races, even from the first round of the year the idea and the expectation is to win races. That’s what we aim to achieve, and that’s how you win a championship.
“Other riders or teams may succumb to the idea of this round being greater than others, but to me it’s the same from the first round to the last. We’ve got the same job, the same objectives, so the pressure doesn’t change.
“Any round is the same for me, I’m going to try and achieve my best and you can only ride around at the speed that’s the best of your ability with the best of the bike that you have at your disposal. The best you can do on the bike is going to be the same regardless of how you think about it. I’ll just have to do what I can.”
Shaun Winfield added: “Silverstone to me is a great track, I love it. It’s fast, flowing and simply brilliant in every way. I instruct for the circuit on their track days, so I have plenty of laps under my belt there, and I can’t wait to get back on Friday morning.
“The aim for this weekend is points, and to score as many as possible. The team are relaxed, it is the biggest three days we’ve had since we started racing, and I can’t wait to add to the success we’ll have come Sunday afternoon.”
Finally, Team Manager Gary Winfield summerised: “This is the one, the biggest weekend of the season, but we’re treating it as every other. Like Josh has said, many teams will be getting carried away with the complexity of what this weekend will give, however we won’t. We’ll continue to do things our way, and we’ll stay calm, cool and collected and that will bring us the results.
“Cadwell was a difficult meeting for us, but we all sat down as a team and made a plan to move forward, which we certainly have. Both Josh and Shaun know what is required from them, and they’ll go out and certainly succeed.
“Silverstone is a great track, 2015 showed exactly how much it suits the Yamaha, and Josh with his performance, so you can expect the same from this weekend aswell. It’s only human to feel nervous, but we’ll try to handle them in the best way, we aren’t putting any pressure on Josh because he knows what he has to do, so bring it on.”