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Brookes BSB double seals third 'King of Brands' title

Sunday, June 16 2019

2015 Bennetts British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes did the double at Brands Hatch today to retain his 'King of Brands' title in two very different races on the full Grand Prix circuit.

After a sublime win in race one in challenging conditions, Brookes started second on the grid in race two and led throughout, hotly pursued by Tommy Bridewell on the Oxford Racing Ducati who now leads the championship by 14 points from Scott Redding.

Brookes' Be Wiser Ducati teammate Redding finished third after starting both races in pole position. A tyre choice gamble in race one cost him dear, but a fastest lap put him on pole again for race two where a podium compensated for the earlier missed points.

Today's pair of wins confirmed Brookes as 'King of Brands' for the third time and also put him in the running for the new £75,000 Integro Summer Triple Crown, a cash prize for any rider who can take six race wins across three rounds.

"It's great to get these little achievements along the way and certainly getting a couple of wins towards that big cash prize is great but I've got to be focused on the championship - that's my main concern, main goal, my main focus, I'm championship orientated so that's why I'm most pleased with today's results," he said.

Brookes said being on the same bike as Bridewell meant they matched each other for pace, and a mistake was the only thing that could impact the final result.

"Everything I tried to do to break away from him, he could match it with his speed. I was thinking to myself, as long I don't make any mistakes he can't ride faster, he can't physically make something happen different than what we're already doing. I did actually make once mistake, but it was a bit earlier in the race and he wasn't able to capitalise on that.

Fortunate to get the win and bring it home, it was really a tough race and he pushed me to the end," he said.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, race 2 result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.238s
  3. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +10.248s
  4. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Kawasaki) +14.024s
  5. Dan Linfoot (Santander Salt TAG Yamaha) +15.568s
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW Motorrad) +16.899s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +18.364s
  8. Keith Farmer (Tyco BMW Motorrad) +19.926s
  9. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +22.138s
  10. Glenn Irwin (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +27.223s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:

  1. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 145
  2. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 131
  3. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 124
  4. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 108
  5. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Kawasaki) 94
  6. Xavi Forés  (Honda Racing) 75

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship heads to Knockhill at the end of the month before the annual 'Party in the Park' at Cadwell Park on 16-18 August. Discounted advance tickets are available here.