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Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes delivered a hard-charging performance in the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Oulton Park to carve his way through the pack from 30th on the grid to finish fourth.

Brookes had been setting the pace but a technical problem forced him out of qualifying action and he was to start from the back row for the opening race. The Australian fought his way through the pack to move into the top ten by the sixth lap before climbing to fourth by the end of the 18 lap race.

Josh Brookes

“The start with Jon Ingram nearly crashing in to me was the first problem, I believe I could have got a far better start if that hadn’t happened to me, more or less everything went as best it could, I made as many passes as I could, as often as I could and moved up to fourth on track.

“The bike worked fine, I got the second fastest lap, and to do that the bike must have been working pretty good. When the tyre was in its best condition to do a good lap was when I was doing most of the passing so I couldn’t have put in my best lap. To be second on the grid for the race tomorrow after all that I went through is proof enough that the bike is fine. We don’t need to change much now – we just need to line it up on the grid tomorrow, start from the front and see what we can do.”