Brands BSB finale: Brookes cuts gap with race-one win

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Be Wiser Ducati’s Josh Brookes has cut his points deficit to team-mate Scott Redding to 19 with the first Bennetts British Superbike race win at Brands Hatch today.

Brookes took a relatively straightforward win from pole position after the race was red-flagged following a crash and only had Tommy Bridewell to deal with as Redding had to come from a third-row start to finish on the podium.

It means that Bridewell is now out of the title race as there are only 50 points left and his gap to Redding is 61 but it has been a cracking season for the Oxford Racing Ducati rider. He hasn’t yet secured third in the title chase but has a 30-point advantage over Danny Buchan.

After the red-flag, which was thrown after an incident involving James Ellison, Joe Francis and Ryan Vickers, Brookes was again quickest off the line but Christian Iddon snuck ahead of Bridewell but the Devizes rider soon made his way past.

Bridewell looked to have the pace to catch Brookes but in the end just couldn’t quite match the Australian.

Redding used a lot of tyre in the first part of the race and, due to the rules saying riders have to use the same tyres they had on before the stoppage, he just didn’t have enough left to do anything about the Ducatis in front of him.

Iddon stayed ahead of FS-3 Kawasaki’s Buchan for fourth place with Jason O’Halloran in sixth place on the McAMS Yamaha. Peter Hickman, Xavi Fores, Andrew Irwin and Taylor Mackenzie completed the top ten with Tarran Mackenzie able to take part in race after after he launched his R1 into the trees during qualifying.

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