Cadwell BSB: Brookes ‘on course’ to reel in Haslam

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McAMS Yamaha’s Josh Brookes believes he is now on course to take as many lumps out of Leon Haslam’s Bennetts British Superbike points lead as he can after taking three wins from the last four races.

Brookes did the double at Brands GP and then took the second-race win at Thruxton, and heads into Cadwell Park where - aside from his famous mountain antics - he also took two wins in 2016.

“For sure it was great to be back on the top of the step of the podium at Thruxton. The progression to get there has been maybe a bit steadier than we’d have liked but the team have been working hard and I’ve been pushing of course,” said the Bringelly Bullet.

“Actually weekends like Thruxton indicate just how difficult it is to force a result and how close the competition is every single weekend. Basically we made a small change in between races but it showed to me the difference between not even being on the podium to getting a win, it’s that close.

“Cadwell Park is of course a completely different sort of circuit where bike set-up is crucial, certain bikes have favourable characteristics for the two halves of the track and you need a good set-up to handle the whole layout.

“Qualifying is of course top of the list as it’s difficult to pass there and lap times will be similar during the races. Last year I had a disappointing return but in ‘15 I did the double, I can’t quite pinpoint the difference between the two events though.

“I get quite a bit of attention for jumping the Mountain but that’s how I’ve always done it, perhaps it comes naturally to me with my motocross background. I guess it can be quite an intimidating part of the track to get wrong, so maybe some riders ride it in more of a conventional way.

“People talk about getting into the Showdown but I don’t really think about it, if I’m not in the top six then something’s gone really wrong with my season. Of course we need to close the gap on Leon in terms of podium credits, and I think we are on the right course to achieve that…”

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