Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 04 Aug 2014
Josh Brookes has told Bike Social that missing out on the podium in the last two British Superbike rounds makes his Thruxton double all the more special for both him and his Milwaukee Yamaha team.
Question marks had been raised over Brookes’ title challenge after three tough rounds, including crashing out at Snetterton, failing to make the podium at Knockhill and then enduring his toughest round of the season at Brands Hatch, but the Aussie came out of the blocks at Thruxton even more determined than ever. Qualifying second the Milwaukee Yamaha man dominated both races once in the lead, gaining important ground on his championship rivals.
“I’m really pleased with this weekend. In the weeks I haven’t been on the podium it’s really emphasised how much I need to enjoy it when I do get on the box, not even with a win but a third or whatever” said Brookes, speaking to Bike Social at Thruxton. “After being a racer your whole life you kind of forget what it is you’re doing and to get a podium or a win in British Superbikes is almost like getting a win in a world series race; the competition is equal, I’ve been in both and I know it.
“You do get down when you aren’t on the podium but it makes you enjoy when you win even more. It’s not just me either, at the moment everyone’s looking at me saying you’ve done a great race etcetera etcetera but it’s a team effort. They work really hard and it’s tough on them when we don’t get a podium as well. They go drive six hours in a truck or spend hours in front of a computer screen analysing data so it’s hard for them when it doesn’t come together too so I’m pleased to have been able to give them these results this weekend.”
While Brookes was having his few ‘off’ rounds, a new championship challenger emerged in the form of Ryuichi Kiyonari. What had seemed likely to become a Byrne vs Brookes title fight became a three-way battle, but that doesn’t change much the Aussie says.
“Having Kiyo in the mix doesn’t change it all that much” Brookes commented. “To me it doesn’t matter if I’m fighting with Shakey, Kiyonari or James Ellison but unfortunately he’s injured now. Walker has been chucking it in there now and again too. It doesn’t matter who it is I’ve got to beat them all. Out there they aren’t people, they aren’t individuals they are just another bike. I was a bit disappointed not to see Kiyo get a better result today as I need him to pull Shakey back! If I’m winning and Shakey’s not it’s better for everyone because the points are getting spread out whereas if Shakey wins every time it’s no good.”
Some blamed Brookes’ poorer results on him taking on too much this season. The 31-year old has competed in two International road races and the Suzuka 8hr as well as British Superbikes meaning he’s not had much of a break since the first round in April. He acknowledges the other races may have been a distraction but says he wouldn’t change a thing and thanks to the showdown rules, he’s got good time to focus on winning the British Superbike title between now and the end of the year.
“I’ve had a busy season, BSB round one, BSB round two, over to Ireland for the North West 200, then to the TT, back to BSB then over to Japan for testing then back to BSB then back to Japan for Suzuka and BSB again. Where everyone else moves into a ‘busy period’ for me it’s the same thing. The beauty of it now is that I’ve got all the other races out of the way so it’s BSB, BSB, BSB so to get back to winning ways in the first race after everything else is really good. I’ve loved every race I’ve done this year and been proud and happy with the results I’ve achieved. I wouldn’t change a thing. Now it’s time to get down to the important business here ahead of the showdown and see if we can win a British title!”