Be Wiser Ducati’s Josh Brookes is back in the title hunt after his commanding sprint to victory in today’s second Bennetts British Superbike race.
The race had been whittled from 20 laps to 13 after threats of rain, but was eventually knocked down to an eight-lap dash after Glenn Irwin’s Tyco BMW dumped a sump full of oil at the exit of the Club Chicane.
But on the final restart, Brookes was untouchable as he powered four seconds clear of the chasing pack to get back to winning ways, which put him just 20 points adrift of series leader and team-mate Scott Redding, who took home nil points after a 15s penalty for cutting the chicane.
The Australian revealed his enjoyment in the final sprint to the flag as he felt unchained after spending most of the weekend focussing on tyre conservation.
“I feel like I’ve earned that win with so many stoppages,” Brookes admitted. “All weekend I’ve been trying to ride on the side of caution to make the tyre last the distance and it’s always a bit of a challenge to figure out how hard to go and when to go.
“When it got dropped from 20 laps to 13, that kind of took the conservation attitude away and you could sort of ride a little more like normal. I got to the front and had to fight for it. I saw Andrew was riding really well and was right with me and then it got red flagged again.
“When it got dropped to eight laps I knew there was no reason to even think about the tyre, it was just ride as hard as you can every corner. That’s kind of how I wanted to ride all weekend but I had to hold back.
“There wasn’t any battle, it was probably boring to watch but I enjoyed it. It was nice being out there riding as fast as I thought I could and it was really fun.”