Clean sweeper Josh Brookes has revealed he was happy to beat Tommy Bridewell in today’s two Bennetts British Superbike races and was unsure who would drop first.
The two were neck and neck for the entire first race but Be Wiser Ducati’s double-winner pulled the pin on Oxford Racing man Bridewell half-way through the second scrap to win by almost three seconds.
Brookes revealed he didn’t know who was going to break first, however. And after heading into today’s races blind as to whether his practice and qualifying form would stand up, he says he’s happy to celebrate with Paul Bird’s squad and forget the folly of Silverstone’s DNFs.
“The weather has stopped us doing any long runs so I didn’t actually know how the tyre was going to work over race distance,” Brookes revealed. “I had a good idea but I wasn’t absolutely sure.
“The early part of the race when the tyre was really good I felt like I could’ve pushed, but I didn’t want to – I kind of wanted to hold a bit in reserve in case in the later laps the tyre really did drop off.
“The race pace was a lot quicker in race two over race one. I just looked at my board and kept seeing ‘zero’ so I kept trying to go quicker and quicker. And I saw the lap times were really fast but Tom was staying right with me.
“I knew one of us was going to have to break, but finally I was able to get a little buffer and then it kind of crept out so it made the end of the race a bit easier.”
The Aussie also said he was happy to take victory back to the Be Wiser squad and believes the momentum is likely to carry well into the next round at Donington Park.
“I like Donington, I don’t know how the bike is going to perform there but judging by where we’ve been in pre-season and what we’ve learned from Silverstone and here, I have high hopes that it’ll be a good package.
“I’m sure everyone at PBM is thrilled and I can’t wait to get back to the garage and celebrate with the crew. They can stop beating themselves up about Silverstone now and we can move on from here.”