Brookes literally holds on for triple podium
Josh Brookes literally holds onto the Tyco Suzuki to secure a trio of podiums at Oulton Park.
Josh Brookes was satisfied to come away with podiums in each of the MCE British Superbike races at Oulton Park, particularly after nearly suffering a spectacular crash in the final encounter.
Emerging as the closest thing to a rival for triple race winner Tommy Hill, Brookes earned plaudits for his last corner pass of second place Shane Byrne race one before going on to repeat that result during race two.
Coming into the final race determined not to let Hill get an advantage on him, Brookes briefly took the lead on lap two with a pass into Lodge, marking the first time the Yamaha rider had been led all weekend.
However, after being swiftly re-passed at the start of lap three, a mistake at Brittens would see Brookes flung into the beginnings of a high-side and come remarkably close to being thrown off the Tyco Suzuki. Just doing enough to recover, Brookes duly dropped to sixth, but fought his way back up the order to overtake Noriyuki Haga on the final corner for third position.
"I got quicker as the weekend went on. I was never out of the top three and better than the last time we were at Oulton. In that last race I tried everything I knew to stay with Tommy as I knew if he got away there would be no pulling him back, but I came out of the chicane and high-sided. I had my hands off the bars and feet flapping and I literally fell back onto the bike.
"I just worked my way back up through the pack then. I gave it everything to stay with Haga and Shakey after that. I think Nori possibly went to sleep a little on the last lap, maybe settling for third, but he didn't cover the line into Lodge and I was able to get in and take my third podium."
That move means Brookes has moved back ahead of Byrne in the standings, though he is third in terms of podium credits.