Pole winner Josh Brookes has admitted it could be a close-fought battle for top honours in tomorrow’s Bennetts British Superbike races, despite his pack-leading pace.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider led every dry session yesterday in dominant fashion before powering to pole position this afternoon by over six tenths of a second, beating fellow V4 man Tommy Bridewell and BMW-mounted Peter Hickman.
Brookes told Bikesport News that they could both be threats for tomorrow’s two 18-lap battles if history is anything to go by, but he’s not counting out his ex-MotoGP team-mate Scott Redding either.
“I’ve raced against Tommy for years – he was fast on the Suzuki, he was fast on the BMW and he likes Oulton Park, it’s a physical track and he rides it well,” the Australian said. “So for sure he’s going to be a race threat, but equally is Peter Hickman.
Often Peter’s seasons are up and down, but when he’s on form he’s a difficult rider to beat. He’s been strong all weekend in every session, not just in qualifying.
“Those two guys are the main fear at the moment, but in qualifying we saw Scott improve massively. We’re on the same team with the same bikes, same equipment and same data, so I’m sure he can turn a good race tomorrow if he’s gained that speed.”
And after suffering two DNFs at Silverstone thanks to technical issues, Brookes is ready to make amends and give the PBM squad their first win of the season.
“I was hoping to go a bit quicker, Jake Dixon’s lap time from last year was a bit quicker than that today. But this early in the season I can’t be disappointed.
“I’m really pleased to be on the front row and finally have the opportunity to fix what we lost at Silverstone.”