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Double Win For Brookes At Assen As Showdown Kicks Into Gear

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Josh Brookes won the opening race of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Showdown to extend his advantage to 14 points in the overall standings ahead of this afternoon's second clash.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider lead the pack off the pole position from James Ellison and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne with John Hopkins tucked in behind onboard the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati.

The pack were jostling to move ahead and Byrne was the first to have a moment into the Chicane and it gave Hopkins the opportunity he needed to move ahead. A lap later though the PBM Kawasaki retaliated to reclaim third position, but the pair also had Michael Laverty for company and the Tyco BMW rider bided his time and then on the thirteenth lap he passed both Hopkins and Byrne with two decisive moves to move into third.

Brookes had broken away at the front from Ellison but the battle for the final podium position then became a five-way scrap between Laverty, Byrne, Hopkins, Christian Iddon and Richard Cooper.

Byrne and Hopkins traded blows in the closing stages and then the defending champion had his sights set on Laverty. A last lap move at the Chicane put him narrowly ahead but Laverty carved his way back on the exit to hold the position.

Hopkins held fifth position to score the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati team their best result of the season from Cooper and Iddon who made it five manufacturers inside the top ten.

Tommy Bridewell moved to eighth on the second of the Tyco BMW's but now drops below his team-mate Laverty in the overall standings whilst Peter Hickman and Danny Buchan completed the top ten.

Dan Linfoot was the sixth of the Title Fighters in fourteenth place for Honda Racing.

Josh Brookes then pulled off the victory in a dramatic second MCE British Superbike Championship race at Assen as the Milwaukee Yamaha rider fought off the challenges from James Ellison and the chasing pack in a tense battle for the win.

The start of the race was the battle of the nerves as the rain started to fall, but then halted and as the track continued to dry before the start all of the riders opted for slick tyres apart from Dan Linfoot and Honda Racing.

As the race got underway Linfoot was in the best position initially and after moving ahead of Brookes after the first corner he began to gap the chasing pack, but with no further rainfall the freight train of riders were closing in on the Honda Racing contender.

Brookes scythed through on the fifth lap and as the championship leader snatched the advantage, fellow Title Fighter Tommy Bridewell crashed his Tyco BMW out of contention.

Brookes had Luke Mossey, Christian Iddon, Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Chris Walker for company and the MCE BSB rookie seized the lead a lap later after Brookes had a moment and he was out of the seat of his Milwaukee Yamaha. The Australian saved it and then he dropped back through the order.

Ellison then saw his chance to take the lead on the next lap and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider then pushed at the front of the pack but Brookes had made decisive moves on both Cooper and Mossey to move back into second place.

Brookes was hunting Ellison and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was doing everything to defend his position, but on lap 13 the Milwaukee Yamaha contender made a daring lunge to recapture the lead and then he fended off the retaliation.

"It's not just the double that's good, I've done that a few times now, but to do it now at the most crucial point and with all the crazy things that have happened, especially last year there was a lot chaos for me that didn't go my way." Brookes said.

"This year too I've had plenty of situations thrown at me but together with myself and my team we have done the best we can and come out shiny the other end.

"It's really pleasing to have this lead over Shakey now; a lot of the racing I have done in the middle of the season had very little effect on the championship standings so for the points to matter this weekend makes a real difference.

"I took the holeshot and immediately felt like I was going too slow, everything felt slow motion and I was waiting for people to come past. Then I thought that I'd ride at my own pace unless people came past me, it was very difficult to gauge what speed to go at. As Dan came past, I saw he was on wet weather tyres and he got away quite quickly as would be expected.

"We've seen it many times this year that the depth of field is strong in BSB, any rider that comes past you, you can't just immediately get them back you have to work hard to do it. I found it difficult to get past straightaway but once I did I was able to work on my own rhythm and catch James up again.

"I didn't mean for the pass to be that aggressive but I'm glad he's taken it in good light. I thought I would be able to make a cleaner move than that but his entry speed was much faster than I anticipated!

"I'm really happy to bring it home with all these different events going on! I enjoyed the race quite a bit and I hope it was enjoyable to watch!"

Mossey had put in some fast final laps that meant he was the leading Showdown spoiler, completing the podium for the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team and holding off Cooper and Byrne who held fifth place.

Iddon claimed his best result of the season for the Bennetts Suzuki team in sixth place ahead of Jack Kennedy who battled the pain of his crash from yesterday to finish seventh with Chris Walker, Michael Laverty and Jakub Smrz who completed the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Assen, race one result:
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +6.757s
Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +8.425s
Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +8.811s
John Hopkins (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) +10.071s
Richard Copper (Buildbase BMW) +13.145s
Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +16.901s
Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +18.118s
Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +21.541s
Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +22.533s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Assen, race two result:
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.615s
Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +3.636s
Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +4.365s
Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +4.548s
Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +6.052s
Jack Kennedy (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +13.939s
Chris Walker (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +18.814s
Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +20.968s
Jakub Smrz (Milwaukee Yamaha) +21.096s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Assen:
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 603
Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 575
James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 562
Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 523
Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 515
Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 509

Top Image: Aussie Josh Brookes kicked off the BSB Showdown in the best possible way

Credit: britishsuperbike.com

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