Bennetts British Superbike series leader Josh Brookes increased his advantage over team-mate Scott Redding in today’s first race at Oulton Park and says every point is critical at that stage of the season.
Brookes now has a 21-point lead over the former MotoGP star but also extended his podium credit advantage to six with two more races to come tomorrow.
The Australian took pole this morning with his best-ever lap at the Cheshire track and looked like it would again be another battle with Tommy Bridewell until disaster struck the Devizes rider.
“My lap in qualifying was a personal best so I’m pleased that I’m still improving, and the bike was being kind, working like I want it to work,” said Brookes.
The stop-start race was difficult as it’s hard to manage the tyres in that situation whilst both Tommy and Brad were riding really well, and I had to push really hard.
“Unfortunately for Tommy, he went out, so I dug deep and managed to break Brad’s challenge and with every point being critical at this stage of the season it’s great to take another win.”
The podium top step was Brookes’ seventh victory of the season and his third in a row at Oulton.