BSB Brands finale: ‘I didn’t want to win the title with a third’ – Brookes

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Josh Brookes clinched the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship in emphatic style at Brands Hatch this afternoon with two of, arguably, his finest ever rides in the series.

After losing points to his main Championship rivals on Saturday, the VisionTrack Ducati rider responded in stunning fashion at the Kent venue, leading both races from start to finish despite coming under extreme pressure in both races from the McAMS Yamaha pairing of Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie.

Adding this year’s title to the one he won in 2015, Brookes seemed to revel in the pressure he was under, something he later admitted, with winning the only thing on his mind.

“It feels awesome to win the title and a lot of my talking was done out on the track today. When I’m under pressure, I seem to be able to find that little bit more and get the results when I need to, which is exactly what I’ve done today,” said Brookes, speaking at the track.

I had to ride aggressively in both races and although I only needed to finish third in the final race to clinch the championship, I didn’t want to win the title with a third, I wanted to win.”

The 37-year old, having his second season with Paul Bird’s Penrith-based team, had some ups and downs during the season, as did all of the major title contenders, but a late flurry of wins got him over the line.

“It’s been a hard fought year and I was pushed hard all weekend but the bike worked really well, especially on Sunday and it felt natural to go out there and win so a big thank you to everyone at the PBM team.”