Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing’s Josh Brookes took 10th place in today’s British Superbike combined qualifying at the Oulton Park seventh round in Cheshire, giving him a third-row grid position in the opening race.
The Australian struggled with set-up issues but remains confident going into tomorrow’s races.
I have to be honest and say I’m not happy with the times and my position in qualifying but we’ve got to deal with it tomorrow and do the best we can. We made some changes that didn’t work for me, so we reverted back to yesterday’s settings and we’ve another few things that we can try in morning warm-up. In saying that it all depends on the weather and if it’s going to be wet as expected, all the dry settings are out the window and we start again. I’ve just got to get a good start in race one and see if we can push our way through and be further up the grid for the second race.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“It’s been another one of those frustrating days. Josh just couldn’t get himself comfortable enough during the three sessions to really trouble the front three, but 10th on the grid is not the end of the world. We all know he’s a good racer and doesn’t struggle to come through the pack, so a strong start and finish to race one should push him up the grid for race two.”
British Superbike Combined Qualifying: 1 John Hopkins [Suzuki] 1:35.142; 2 Tommy Hill [Yamaha] 1:35.247; 3 Michael Laverty [Yamaha] 1:35.530; 4 Shane Byrne [Honda] 1:35.936; 5 Ryuichi Kiyonari [Honda] 1:36.062; 6 Loris Baz [Yamaha] 1:36.072; 7 Alex Lowes [Kawasaki] 1:36.366; 8 Peter Hickman [Honda] 1:36.532; 9 James Westmoreland [Yamaha] 1:597; 10 Josh Brookes [Relentless Suzuki by TAS] 1:36.626.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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