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Josh Brookes continues to move forward with double podium at Knockhill

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Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes collected a double podium at the Knockhill British Superbike round on Sunday with two fighting second places behind double winner Shane Byrne.

The Australian GSX-R1000 rider also received the Flying Haggis Award, in memory of the late great Steve Hislop, for the fastest lap of the weekend; presented by Steve's mum Margaret and his sons Aaron and Conor Hislop.

"In race one I wanted to lead and push to try and make a break on Shakey, but I hit a bit of a wall with my lap times, as the rear tyre was spinning up more than normal; maybe with the track temperature. Brookes explained at the end of the days racing.

"We did come together at one stage when he tried to make a pass but it's wasn't a big impact, but Shakey came back past and I had to settle for second.

"In race two it was mentally tough watching Shakey ride away from me, but it also spurred me on and I actually made some time back on him towards the end of the race," he continued. "I just focused on narrowing it down bit-by-bit and seeing the gap come down gave me energy and encouragement.

"I did a brilliant lap to win the Steve Hislop Award, which is a great honour to receive, and we are now second in the championship. It's all about moving forward now and trying to bridge that gap to Shakey from the next round at Snetterton at the start of July." Brookes concluded.

Team Manager Philip Neill, was more than happy with Brookes results, with the team suffering bad luck in recent history at the Knockhill circuit and also the fact that the Australian was fresh off the back of his first Isle of Man campaign.

"Knockhill hasn't been that kind to us in the past in Superbike." Neill explained. "And just coming off a busy period, it's fair to say our expectations weren't that high, but I'm very pleased with how Josh came away with two second places and the fastest lap of the weekend.

"There was a bit of pressure on him to be fair with people asking the question, was the road racing at the TT going to disrupt Josh in his BSB, and although we always believed that it wouldn't, there's always a chance that it could have.

"I believe it made him slightly sharper and definitely more determined." Neill concluded.

Top Image: Josh Brookes rode to a pair of second place finishes at the latest round of the British Superbike Championship

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