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Brookes tops Bennetts BSB standings after Cadwell victory

Sunday, August 18 2019

Josh Brookes rode a sublime Bennetts British Superbike Championship race two at Cadwell Park this afternoon to be named Monster Energy 'King of the Mountain' and leapfrog Be Wiser Ducati teammate Scott Redding to the top of the standings as the crucial Showdown approaches.

Brookes had to settle for the runner-up spot in race one after he admitted he "didn't have anything more" for winner Danny Buchan, but race two was a different story when he tailed Oxford Racing Ducati's Tommy Bridewell before making a move two laps from the end and taking the chequered flag.

"In race one I didn't have anything more for Danny, he deservingly won that race. Race two we went out with a new setting, a couple of little changes, I saw where Danny was stronger and realised where I wasn't strong enough. 

"Fortunately we were able to make a change to the bike to bridge that gap and then I had Tommy to battle with! It was a great race, I hope Tommy isn't too upset with me for beating him. We do have a good friendship off track so hopefully we can maintain that. Tommy was riding really, really well. I felt like I could see the way he was riding was every bit of the tyre it had, and then with a couple of laps to go I thought surely there's got to be a little bit of a weakness in the grip area so I pounced to try and see if I could lead, and fortunately I was able to hold him at bay," he said.

The race was dogged by controversy when Honda Racing's Andrew Irwin made an inside move on Redding at Park that took both riders out of the race early on. Irwin apologised but Redding, who scored zero podium points and was knocked off the top spot by Brookes, was incandescent.

Buildbase Suzuki's Bradley Ray had a luckless weekend. After securing his first front row of the season for race one, a technical problem with the bike on the warm-up lap put him out and landed him at the back of the grid for race two. And after battling all the way up to twelfth, he crashed out on the final lap.

The top three in the standings - Brookes, Redding and Bridewell - have now qualified for the end-of-season Showdown, leaving three places up for grabs as the Championship moves to Oulton Park on 6-8 September for the crucial triple-header decider. For tickets and more details click here.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, Race 1

  1. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki)
  2. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.047s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.871s
  4. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +9.237s
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +10.982s
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +16.291s
  7. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +17.050s
  8. Glenn Irwin (Tyco BMW) +17.295s
  9. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +20.350s
  10. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +23.380s

 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, Race 2

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.476s
  3. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +3.002s
  4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +14.216s
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +14.520s
  6. Glenn Irwin (Tyco BMW) + 22.427s
  7. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki) +24.916
  8. Luke Stapleford (Buildbase Suzuki) +32.300s
  9. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) +34.591s
  10. Billy McConnell (OMG Racing Suzuki) +34.889s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 271
  2. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 259
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 243
  4. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 191
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 151
  6. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 146