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Brookes claims double to be crowned 'King of Brands'

Sunday, July 19 2015

Josh Brookes has been desperately hunting his first win of the season for Milwaukee Yamaha and at Brands Hatch the Australian did it in style by claiming a triumphant double victory, beating a battered Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in the second race to be crowned the Monster Energy 'King of Brands'.

Byrne led from pole position after the PBM Kawasaki team got him back on track after his huge 150mph crash in the opening race, with Brookes, James Ellison and Richard Cooper in pursuit. On the opening lap Cooper made his move on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki ahead of him and the pair then continued to dice for the position.

Brookes was hunting down his rival  and was shadowing him over the opening laps and then when it came to the eighth lap the Milwaukee Yamaha contender pulled a move at Druids to hit the front of the pack.

Brookes was holding off Byrne, but behind the chasing pack were also ready to make their move with Cooper, Ellison and the Tyco BMWs of Tommy Bridewell and Michael Laverty. However for Bridewell his efforts were in vain and he crashed out unhurt at Surtees.

Byrne was trying to regain the lead but Brookes had the edge to claim his second win of the day from his fierce title rival, but Cooper again showed impressive form to score his best result of his career on the Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki ahead of Ellison.

Laverty held on to fifth ahead of Smiths BMW's Billy McConnell who rewarded the team with their best MCE BSB result in sixth. Luke Mossey had his strongest weekend of his campaign with a seventh place after holding off the charging Christian Iddon on the Bennetts Suzuki. Jason O'Halloran for Honda Racing and Broc Parkes completed the top ten.  

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

  1. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
  2. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +3.434s
  3. Richard Cooper (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +4.616s
  4. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +6.887s
  5. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +8.284s
  6. Billy McConnell (Smiths BMW) +14.930s
  7. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +15.296s
  8. Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +16.647s
  9. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +18.077s
  10. Broc Parkes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +18.077s

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MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

  1.  Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 221
  2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 216
  3. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 147
  4. Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) 139
  5. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) 103
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 99