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Brookes scores first 2015 win at Brands Hatch as Shakey crashes

Sunday, July 19 2015

Josh Brookes celebrated his first victory of the season for Milwaukee Yamaha in a dramatic opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Brands Hatch as the chasing PBM Kawasakis of Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Stuart Easton both crashed out at high-speed.

The incident-packed race kicked off with Byrne leading the field into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time from Brookes, Michael Laverty and Richard Cooper, but the Milwaukee Yamaha rider was hunting down his PBM Kawasaki rival and made his move on the fourth lap to take the lead at Druids.

Brookes was holding off the championship leader and the chasing pack as Cooper, James Ellison and Stuart Easton remained in striking distance of them over the opening laps. However Easton's race ended with a huge crash at Hawthorns although the PBM Kawasaki rider was soon sitting up and talking to the medical team.

The crash brought out the Nissan GT-R Safety Car and when the race resumed on the eighth lap Brookes got the jump at the front of the field, maintaining his lead over Byrne, Cooper and Ellison as the leading protagonists resumed their battle for the podium positions. However the Nissan GT-R Safety Car was deployed again just four laps later when Byrne also crashed out at Hawthorns, he was able to walk away from the high-speed accident.

The race resumed for the second time and Brookes was gunning to maintain his advantage; the Australian setting a consistently fast pace to try and make a break from the pack over the final five laps. The Milwaukee Yamaha had the edge and he edged a slight advantage over Cooper as Ellison sealed the final podium position.

Tommy Bridewell was the leading Tyco BMW in fourth place as he bid to overcome Ellison during the closing laps ahead of his team-mate Michael Laverty. John Hopkins scored sixth place on his return to MCE BSB on the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati, the team's best result of the season so far.

Luke Mossey claimed his best finish of his rookie season in seventh ahead of an impressive Dan Linfoot in eighth who carved his was through from 22nd on the grid for Honda Racing. James Westmoreland and Billy McConnell completed the top ten.

The front row for race two will feature Byrne on pole position ahead of Brookes and Cooper - the trio the riders eligible to take up the MCE BSB Monster Energy King of Brands challenge in race two. 

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race one result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
  2. Richard Cooper (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +0.507s
  3. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.693s
  4. Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +0.758s
  5. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +4.542s
  6. John Hopkins (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) +4.626s
  7. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +5.758s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +6.401s
  9. James Westmoreland (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +7.128s
  10. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW) +7.187s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch race one:

  1. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 201
  2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 191
  3. Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) 139
  4. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 134
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 99
  6. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) 96