Josh Brookes struggles at Phillip Island

Aussie talent off the pace, highside compounds bad day at the office

Posted: 20 February 2012
by Visordown News

JOSH Brookes crashed out of the first day of the official WSBK test and ended the day in 22nd place.

Brookes, who is standing in for John Hopkins, highsided out of MG, opening up an old wound in the processs.

Brookes said on his Twitter feed: "Hard pill to swallow being so slow. Im ok after crash so another chance tomorrow. I feel improvements but lap times don't show it yet"

His time of 1:34.667 was almost three seconds off the quickest time of 1:31.947, set by Carlos Checa. Brookes is expected to race at the opening World Superbike round before returning to England to compete in British Superbikes on the Tyco Suzuki.

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That reopened wound is nasty...

Harsh luck for Brookes, although was he really expecting to be competetive? New bike setup, new team, last minute stand in? Doesn't exactly lend itself to a dream scenario..

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 12:56

That's an ugly gash

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 14:08

MF. Nice work.

I'm just wondering if the WSBK spec GSXR (I refuse to call them "gixxers" because I am not 15 yrs old), is that much different power wise to the BSB spec bike (which I'm fairly certain it isn't), so why the problems?

And I'm not accepting that the bikes still setup for John Hopkins, because it won't be, Josh has had quite a few days to get it setup how he wants it.

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 14:28

Really surprised he's that far off the pace. Obviously not through lack of effort.

Posted: 21/02/2012 at 11:00

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